Gary Vaplon Wins Point-Par Golf Format Tourney

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Normally, tournament golfers strive for the lowest scores possible.

But the exact opposite was the name of the game April 8 at a Payson Men’s Golf Association-hosted tournament held at Payson Golf Course.

In the point-par format, golfers received points for various net scores. which meant, the more points, the better the finish.

One point was awarded for a par, two for a birdie and three for an eagle.

Top gun in the first flight turned out to be Gary Vaplon with 27 points. Trailing in the flight were Ralph Lindo (25), Gary Rovetto (24) and Larry Baker (22).

In the second flight, Roger Pool posted a tournament-high 31 points to take first.

With 25, John Calderwood was second. Steve Vincent carded 24 to take third and Herb Sherman and Tom Dahl tied for fourth with 23 points each.

Dick Ceyler staked claim to the gold in the third flight panning 27.

Ross Robertson swung his way to 23 and second place.

Also with 23, Jim Holmes was third.

Ed Kuhns took fourth lassoing 22 points.

In the closest-to-the-pin clashes, Jessie Smith had the best effort of the day hitting to within 2 feet, 2-inches on No. 8.

Other winners were Ralph Lindo (No. 14; 4 feet, 8 inches), Dick Harding (No. 5; 26 feet), Don Gyde (No. 2; 10 feet, 8 inches) and Holmes (No. 17; 6 feet, 6 inches).

The tournament marked the first time in the past several weeks that members were able to play the full 18 holes. Because greens were being plugged, the past two tournaments had to be played either on the front or back nine only.

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