Golfer Wins Pmga Tournament, Pockets Closest-To-Pin Winnings


Jessie Smith won't soon forget the thrills of winning a Payson Men's Golf Association tournament.

Not only did he card a 65 to stake claim to the low-gross crown in the first flight, Smith also pocketed closest-to-the-pin prize money on No. 5, where his tee shot rolled to within 5 feet, 11 inches of the flag.

Also in the low gross and low net formatted tournament played May 23 at Payson Golf Course, Frank Karnes took low-gross honors in the second flight, with an 85.

In the third flight, Rom Borkovec finished at 93 and as the low-gross titlist.

In the low-net scoring in the first flight, Gary Vaplon (57) was first, Jerry McGuire (64) second and Dick Harding (67) third.

Armand Werle finished at 64 to take top-gun honors in the second flight.

Trailing were Charlie Bruess (65) and John Calderwood (67).

In the third flight, Don Nicholas claimed first with a 66. Dean Bulkley and Spencer Roth carded identical scores of 68 to dead knot for second place. On a scorecard playoff, Bulkley took second and Roth fell to third.

Closest-to-the-pin honors were garnered by Ed Kuhns (No. 2; 5 feet, 7 inch), Roger Poole (No. 8, 3 feet), Tom Dahl (No. 14; 5 feet, 11 inches) and Don Gyde (No. 17; 9 feet, 3 inches).

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