After forging out a two-shot lead during the first round of the Arizona Mid-Amateur Championships, Payson’s David Bosley, 58, withdrew five holes into the final round with tendonitis of his elbow.
The prestigious tournament was played Sept. 26, 27 and 28 at The Golf Club at Chaparral Pines.
Scottsdale’s Paul Welle eventually won the title with a one-over 217 score that was four shots better than that of runner-up Charles Kingsbaker.
The win was Welle’s first ever Arizona Golf Association major title.
The only Rim Country golfer other than Bosely to qualify for the tournament was Marc Apps. The Chaparral Pines resident carded scores of 77, 85 and 81 for a 243. He finished 31st in the field of 84 qualifiers.
During the first round on Friday, Bosley shot a two-under 70 and was all-alone in first place.
The following day, Welle turned in an even-par 72 to take over the lead. His opening two-round total of 144 was two strokes better than that of Bosley and Kingsbaker who were tied for second at 146.
Tim Duffey of Anthem shot a nine-over 225 to finish third.
For Chaparral Pines Golf Pro Shawn McCarthy, hosting the tournament was a real plus.
“We are pretty honored,” he said. “These are some pretty good players.”
To qualify, golfers had to be older than 25 and have a 5.4 index or lower.