Three-Club Format Proves To Be Challenge For Golfers

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With only three clubs in their bags, members of the Payson Men's Golf Association were scrambling to keep their scorecards respectable.

In fact, a rarity occurred in PMGA play when no member was able to reach the green on par 3 No. 2.

Which meant, prize money there was not distributed.

In the June 11 fray at Payson Golf Course, players were restricted to a trio of clubs due to the tournament format, which dictated that was all the members could carry and use during each round.

Scoring was low net by flight.

In A flight, Troy Neal and Mike McKee dead-knotted with identical scores of 70. Neal, however, was crowned the champion on a scorecard playoff. With a 73, Billy Bob Hoyt was third.

In B flight, Popeye Clay's bulging bicep and brachioradialis muscles weren't enough to whip Jack Greenshield who took first with a 65. At 66, Clay was second.

Frank Karnes finished third at 67.

Steve Holes and Don Kissebreth tied for first in C flight with a pair of 65s. Holmes, however, won the scorecard playoff for first.

Posting a 66, Ed West was third.

In D flight, champion Don Gyde out-dueled runner-up Phil Scott and bronze medalist Jack Gibbs. Gyde finished at 63, Scott had a 66 and Gibbs carded a 68.

In the closest-to-the-pin competition for the four holes on which the players reached the greens, the winners were Dick Harding, No. 5, 8 feet, 5 inches; Van Bowman, No. 8, 3 feet, 1 inch; Bell Shedd, No. 14, 8 feet, 11 inches; and Gyde, No. 17, 4 feet, 1 inch.

Next on the PMGA agenda is a round two of a two-man best ball tournament in which entrants pick their partners who must have an eight-stroke difference.

Among the highlights on the upcoming schedule is the President's Cup to be played July 16 and 23 at Payson Golf Course.

Tony LeGault will enter cup play as the defending champion having won last year's 36-hole event with a 126 that was just better than Dean Bulkley and Dick Harding who both finished at 127.

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