As a basketball player at Arizona State University, Troy Neal developed a reputation as a sharpshooter who could sink the long ball.
Later, during a stint as basketball coach at Tempe High School, he continued his show of accuracy while honing the shooting skills of his Buffalo players.
During a recent pickup game at Payson Golf Course, Neal's penchant for dropping the long ball continued when he sank a hole-in-one on No. 8.
As satisfying as the ace was, it turned out to be only the beginning of good things to come.
In an April 30 individual low gross/low net Payson Men's Golf Association tournament at PGC, Neal swung his way to top honors in A flight tallying a 75.
Scoring a hole-in-one and winning a tournament championship back-to-back are obvious signs the old coach hasn't lost his Midas shooting touch.
Also, in A flight low net scoring of the PMGA tournament, Terry Lindsey (66) was first, Larry Smith (67) second and Rick Korth (68) third.
In B flight, Jack Greenshield carded an 84 to claim the low gross title.
Ed Kuhns (66), Gary Rovetto (67) and Dick Harding (68) were the top finishing trio in B flight low net play.
Among the low gross players in C flight, Jim Livingston was first at 90. Low net winners were Ron Baade (59), Don Gyde (66) and Van Bowman (67).
Closest-to-the-pin prize money winners included Doug Talbot (No. 2; 31 feet, 10 inches), Russ Morris (No. 5; 10 feet, 6 inches and No. 17; 2 feet, 2 inches), Popeye Clay (No. 14; 5 feet, 11 inches) and Korth (No. 8; 9 feet, 8 inches).
Goff, Calderwood win PWGA shoot out
In Payson Women's Golf Association action on May 6 at PGC, Joyce Goff and Alesha Calderwood captured a "Blind Draw for Partner Low Net" formatted tournament. The duo posted a tally of 133.
Calderwood also narrowly missed a hole-in-one on No. 14 where her tee shot rolled to with three feet of the flag.
Also in the tournament, Laura Meyocks and Mary Jones hooked up for a 138 and second-place honors.
In third were Shari Cody and Mary Cain at 140.
Connie Webber won closest-to-the-pin honors on No. 8 with a lie of 11 feet, 10 inches.
In a PWGA fray played April 29, the format was "Odd holes with half handicap."
Class winners included Cody (36.5), Jan Burns (33) and Webber (32). Second-place honors were garnered by Jones (33.5) and Calderwood (35.5). Meyocks, who has won about every PWGA honor possible, took closest-to-the-pin laurels on both No. 5 and No. 17.
Next up for the members of the PWGA is the Seniors Northern Arizona Women's Golf Tournament to be held June 17 at Oak Creek Country Club.
"Anyone 50 years or older is eligible, which includes the majority of our ladies," PWGA member Joyce Goff said.