In light of 83-year-old Tony Mularski’s string of good luck, he might want to consider a visit to the Mazatzal Casino.
If he does so, he’ll probably walk away a rich man, considering the good fortune he’s enjoying on the golf course.
The longtime Payson Men’s Golf Association member’s most recent fortune occurred April 22 during the playing of a scramble tournament at Payson Golf Course.
On the 143-yard No. 17, Mularski swatted what is every golfer’s dream — a hole-in-one.
But Mularski was not about to accept any credit for the feat.
“It was luck, pure luck,” he said.
As notable as the feat is in golf circles, the ace wasn’t Mularski’s first.
“It was my seventh,” he said. “And all of them were on sheer luck, no skill was involved.”
Of his seven aces, three occurred at Payson Golf Course.
“The other two were on No. 14 and No. 2,” he said.
During his most recent hole-in-one, he had no idea he had scored it until the three other PMGA members on his team began rejoicing.
“I didn’t see it, I was bending over to pick up my tee,” he said.
While most of Mularski’s golf buddies refuse to belief his aces can all be attributed only to luck, he continues to argue they are just good fortune.
“I hit the ball and hope it goes in the right direction,” he said. “But they are very exciting.”
For his hole-in-one, Mularski pocketed closest-to-the-pin prize money and was saddled with picking up the beverage check at the 19th hole celebration.
“Hole-in-ones can get expensive,” he said.
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Also in closest-to-the-pin competition during last week’s tournament, Doug Talbot won on two holes — No. 8 (6 feet, 4 inches) and No. 14 (16 feet, 11-1/2 inches).
Larry Smith was closest on No. 5 (11 feet) and Roger Poole won on No. 2 (11 feet).
For the tournament, the foursome of Jack Gibbs, Popeye Clay, Jerry McGuire and Larry Smith took first place in the first flight with a tally of 52.4.
In the second flight, Jessie Smith, Tom Dahl, Ward Johnson and Poole harvested the gold at 53.6.
With a 53.7, Phil Wagner, Ralph Lindo, Ed Kuhns and Ed Quigley won third flight honors.
PMGA members returns to action tomorrow, April 29, in a “two-man best ball computer pick partners” formatted tournament.
On May 20, the PMGA hosts Verde Santa Fe men’s club at PGC.
Format will be low net by flights.