Rim's Best Golfers Honored

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Although Brandan Kelley was unable to attend the Payson Men's Golf Association season-ending banquet, he was the big winner during the festivities.

Kelley, a student and golf team member at Point Loma California Nazarene University, was attending classes near San Diego and could not participate in the festivities during which he was honored as club champion.

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Jessie Smith (left), pictured with awards chairman Ross Robertson, was named the PMGA's most improved player at the season-ending banquet Nov. 10.

The awards ceremony, attended by about 100 members and their guests, was held Nov. 10 at the Mazatzal Casino.

Kelley won the club crown in early August by defeating longtime PMGA member Troy Neal one-up on the final hole.

Also honored during the awards banquet were the four club championship flight winners -- Frank Szakal (A), Herb Sherman (B), John Calderwood (C) and Jack Gibbs (D).

Tony LeGault received a trophy for winning the PMGA President's Cup.

Tom Dahl and Frank Karnes were cited for winning the two-man best ball tournament played in June and July at Payson Golf Course. The two rallied during the second week of play to claim the championship.

At the conclusion of the first day of play, Dahl and Karnes were alone in second place with a 56.

The team of Bill McKenna and Bob Hendrie were clinging to first at 54.

But during the second round, Dahl and Karnes posted a two-week score of 114 to overtake McKenna and Hendrie. The runners-up also finished at 114, but were relegated to second on a scorecard playoff.

Also in the ceremony, Jessie Smith was named the association's most improved player and Szakal named the PMGA's putting champion.

The awards festivities marked the conclusion of the 2007 season for club members.

Action will resume in April 2008 with weekly tournaments at PGC and at least five interclub tournaments around the state.

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