The great game of golf met the wildly popular game of poker April 1 at a Payson Men’s Golf Association-hosted tournament.
But instead of holding Texas Hold ’em hands in a smoke-filled room, the combatants met on Payson Golf Course.
PMGA member Dick Ceyler explained the poker format as one in which “the team score is determined by the best three out of four individual scores on par 5 holes, in two out of four on par 4 holes and one out of four on par 3 holes.”
The team of Larry Baker, Doug Talbot, James Holmes and Ceyler garnered first place.
Terry Lindsey, Jack Greenshield, Art Decker and Jack Gibbs took second.
Troy Neal, Ralph Lindo, John Calderwood and Ed Quigley took bronze-medal honors.
Finishing fourth was the foursome of Phil Wagner, Russ Morris, Roger Poole and Don Guide.
Because the greens at PGC are being plugged, the tournament was played twice over the front nine holes.
Those fissures proved to be a boon for Lindsey who pocketed closest-to-the-pin prize money on two holes to go along with his second-place team finish.
Lindsey was 4 feet, 5 7/8 inches shy of an ace on No. 8, which turned out to be the most accurate tee shot of the tournament.
On No. 2, he won with an effort of 5 feet, 11 7/8 inches.
Jerry Maguire, the sports agent played by Tom Cruise in a 1996 hit movie, did not play in the tournament. But the PMGA’s version of Jerry McGuire did, winning closest-to-the-pin honors on No. 2 (25 feet, 4 inches).
Other winners were Larry Smith (No. 5; 17 feet, 9 inches), Dean Martinson (No. 8; 6 feet, 4 inches) and Larry Baker (No. 5; 8 feet, 10 inches).
The PMGA season continues tomorrow, April 8, at PGC with a “point par flighted” formatted tournament. On April 22, the PMGA will host its first interclub tournament of the season against Beaver Creek at PGC.