Golfers Hold Their Own In Prescott Low Net Play


To travel or not to travel was the dilemma members of the Payson Men's Golf Association faced on June 4.

Those who chose to take to the highway, traveled to Prescott Country Club where they participated in a low net, low gross flighted tournament against their Mile High City counterparts.

Those PMGA members who stayed home met in an individual low net flighted tournament at Payson Golf Course.

Among those who traveled to Prescott, Rick Korth, Gary Rovetto and Van Bowman captured honors.

Korth carded a 68 to finish second in the A flight low net competition. In D flight low gross play, Rovetto was third with a 99.

Bowman pocketed closest to the pin prize money on No. 7 at PCC.

Meanwhile in Payson, Bill Cain finished with a net 64 to take first in the A flight. Former Payson High School golf star Billy Bob Hoyt was second at 66. With a 67, Mike Curtis was third.

In B flight, Ed Kuhns finished at 62, out-dueling runner-up Popeye Clay (66) for the championship gold. John Calderwood posted a 69 and was third.

Jack Gibbs staked claim to C flight top honors with a 70. At 71, Steve Holmes was second. In third at 72 was Doug Bailey.

In low gross scoring, Brandon Kelley (67) and Hoyt (66) were the two top scorers of the day.

The duo were teammates at Payson High School who went on to play collegiately.

Hoyt played at the University of Hawaii and Grand Canyon University and Kelley at Point Loma Nazarene.

In 2001, Kelley and Hoyt helped the Longhorns win the Class 3A state golf tournament.

The following season, the pair led the Horns to a state runner-up showing.

In the closest to the pin competition at the PMGA low net tournament, winners were Larry Smith (No. 5; 5 feet, 11 inches), Ward Johnson (No. 8; 7 feet, 2 inches), Morris Kropf (No. 14; 4 feet, 1 inches), Doug Talbot (No. 17; 13 feet, 3 inches) and Kuhns (No. 2; 10 feet, 5 inches).

Lady Niners links play

The Payson Women's Golf Association nine hole group held their end-of-the-month luncheon and awards ceremony May 31. During it, members were honored for the play during the past month.

Mary Quigley was recognized for her first-place finish in a low net tournament held May 1 at PGC. Julie Lynch was second and Sue Covert was third. Closest to the pin honors in the fray were doled out to Isabella Sockrider.

For an "odd holes, half handicap" formatted tournament played May 8, Norma Fallers was cited for her first-place finish. Lynch and Covert were second and third respectively.

A week later in a low gross clash, Kelly O'Neill was first and Carol Webb second. Anita Debrowski took third and Joanne Kirchgassner won the closest to the pin contest.

On May 29, Billie Gibbs sunk a chip in on No. 18 that earned her recognition at the luncheon. Carolyn Davis was closest to the pin that day. O'Neill and Sockrider tied for first in the tournament. Brookie Coleman, Gibbs and Dekowski dead-knotted for second.

The Lady Niners meet at 8:30 a.m. every Thursday at PGC.

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

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