Kelly O'Neill, Anita Derowski Earn State Tourney Berths

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While the Lady Niners were waging links war to determined State Medallion Tournament qualifiers, the Payson Men's Golf Association was shooting it out in a two-round, two-man, best ball tournament.

In the PWGA nine-hole tournament, Kelly O'Neill and Anita Derowski emerged victorious. Both will represent the local club in the state tournament to be held in December in the Valley.

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In a PWGA nine-hole tournament, Kelly O'Neill and Anita Derowski emerged victorious. Both will represent the local club in the state tournament to be held in December in the Valley.

O'Neill won the local fray with the lowest gross score while Derowski turned in the lowest net tally.

In the PMGA skirmish, Larry Smith and Doug Talbot hooked up to take first in A flight with a 114. Jack Greenshield and Popeye Clay finished at 120 and in second place.

With a 121, Tory Neal and Jessie Smith were third.

In B flight, Russ Morris and Jim McCutcheon posted a 109 to bring home the gold.

Don Gyde and John Calderwood were one stroke off the winning pace in second place.

The bronze medal went to Tony LeGault and Jack Gibbs with a 126.

All PMGA members did not enter the best ball tournament.

"A side, individual low-net tournament was held for those who did not qualify for the two-man best ball event," PMGA member Dick Ceyler said.

With a 62, Phil Wagener was first. Trailing were Brandan Kelley at 63 and Rick Korth with a 65.

"Brandan shot a gross of 61 but had to add his plus-2 handicap to arrive at his net score of 63," Ceyler said.

Kelley also pocketed closest-to-the-pin prize money on No. 5 where his tee shot was just seven feet short of an ace.

His father, Kevin, made the closest-to-the-pin competition a family affair by winning on No. 17. His attempt rolled to within 5 feet, 9 inches of the flag.

Other winners included Ed West, No. 2, 14 feet, 1 inch; Jessie Smith, No. 8, 6 feet, 3 inches; and Roger Poole, No. 14; 9 feet.

Learning the alphabet

Also on the PMGA agenda, members met July 2 at Payson Golf Course for a four-man, two best balls ABCD formatted tournament.

In it, Jessie Smith, Jerry McGuire, Jim Dalgleish and Sil Egler finished with a 110 in first place.

In second with a 112 was the team of Rick Korth, Gary Vaplon, Tony Mularski and John Calderwood.

Troy Neal, Tom Dahl, Steve Holes and Don Gyde were third at 113.

Closest-to-the-pin winners were Phil Scott, No. 2, 34 feet, 9 inches; Herb Sherman, No. 5, 9 feet, 5 inches; Jessie Smith, No. 8, 4 feet, 8 inches; Brandan Kelley, No. 14, 1 foot, 10 inches; and Bill Cain, No. 17, 2 feet, 1 inch.

PMGA members will return to the PGC links tomorrow, July 9, for a "Six, Six, Six-ABCD" formatted tournament.

The President's Cup will be played July 16 and 23.

Times change

In PWGA Lady Niner tournament action, tee times for the group's weekly Thursday tournament has been moved up to 8 a.m.

Anyone interested in joining the Niners should call Ann Adams at (928) 468-6686 or Anita at (928) 474-3444.

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