Russ Zakariasen celebrated his 95th birthday just days after shooting a 91 and winning closest-to-the-pin honors in a Payson Men's Golf Association four-man tournament.
Playing Payson Golf Course, where the PMGA traditionally holds its weekly tournaments, is old hat to Zakariasen. As a former owner of PGC, he is the man who oversaw the addition of the second nine holes at the course that was originally built in 1959.
Of those second nine holes he helped add, No. 17 proved to be good omen. There, Zakariasen teed to within 6 feet, 1 inch of the flag. The effort was good enough to earn him closest-to-the-pin prize money.
Also showing well in the closest-to-the-pin contests was Tony Mularski, who swung to honors on a pair of holes. On No. 2, he was a heartbreaking 2.5 inches shy of an ace. His tee shot on No. 5, came up 3 feet, 4.5 inches short of the flag.
On No. 14, Popeye Clay flexed his forearms to a shot that rolled to within 5 feet, 11 inches of the cup. Dean Martinson won on No. 8 at 11 feet, 5 inches.
In the poker-formatted tournament, Bill Cain, Dick Harding, John Peel and Al Lyons took top honors with a 109.
The foursome of Don Castleman, Dick Ceyler, Ed Quigley and Mularski dead knotted for second with the team of John Waring, Tom Dahl, John Calderwood and Don Nicholas.
In a scorecard playoff, Castleman, Mularski, Ceyler and Quigley were awarded the silver medal.
PWGA plays odd or even
In Payson Women's Golf Association action, members locked horns in an odd-or-even formatted tournament in which each player was allowed to pre-select either the odd or the even holes for scoring, minus one-half of their handicaps.
The winners in the A, B and C classes were Isabella Sockrider (30), Joyce Goff (30.5) and Blanche Nyberg (33.5).
Joyce Karnes (31.5) and Susan Torrens (31.5) took second in the A and B classes.
Laura Meyocks won closest to the pin honors on No. 8 and Mary Cain was within a foot of a hole-in-one on No. 14.