Members of the Payson Men's Golf Association geared up for a June 4 trip to Prescott Country Club in a four-man, orange ball formatted scramble.
The fray was played May 21 at Payson Golf Course.
Veteran PMGA member Dick Cyler explained the format as "each player with an orange ball is assigned holes based on his handicap. Scoring is determined by totaling the orange ball player's net score and the scramble score of the three remaining team members."
Whew, after turning to a scientific calculator, the Sieve of Eratosthenes, a histogram, Venn diagram, abacus and pie chart to calculate the final scores, members crowned Larry Smith, Frank Karnes, Bill Shedd and Don Gyde tournament champions.
The foursome joined forces for a card of 130 that edged the runner-up team of Jack Greenshield, Warren Mulcahy, Morris Kropf and Steve Holmes.
The silver medalists finished at 133.
In third place with a 134 was the team of Troy Neal, Gary Rovetto, Popeye Clay and Ward Johnson.
In the closest-to-the-pin competition, Frank Karnes nearly duplicated the hole-in-one effort on No. 8 that Neal stroked last week.
Karnes' tee shot rolled to within 1 foot, 5 inches of an ace.
Although Neal didn't chalk up the second ace of his career, he did pocket prize money on No. 14 where he was within 9 feet, 7 inches of the flag.
Other winners were Terry Lindsey (No. 2; 20 feet, 4 inches), Ed Kuhns (No. 5; 27 feet, 10 inches) and Smith (No. 17; 3 feet, 6 inches).
In addition to the PMGA's upcoming trip to Prescott, the members will be on the road July 30 to Williams Elephant Rock and Sept. 3 to Silver Creek near Show Low.
The players return to Prescott on Oct. 15 for a jamboree tournament.