Old Coaches Turn Winning To Golf Course


The two old coaches keep getting better and better.

But not at basketball, the sport both once coached, but rather at golf.

Troy Neal, formerly of Tempe High and Herb Sherman, a longtime coach at Scottsdale Coronado, made up one-half of the team that won a Payson Men’s Golf Association four-man two-best ball championship played July 1 at Payson Golf Course.

Last month, the two former hardwood mentors shined in a best-ball tournament. Neal teamed with Gary Rovetto to finish second and Sherman hooked up with Bill Shedd for sixth.

In the June 17 tournament, Sherman also pocketed closest-to-the-pin money on No. 5 where his tee shot rolled to within 10 feet of the flag.

During the July 1 tournament, the retired Coronado Dons coach was once again a closest-to-the-pin champion hitting to within 6 feet, 2 inches of the pin on No. 5.

On the winning team with Neal and Sherman were Warren Mulcahy and Ward Johnson. The foursome finished at 107.

With a 110, the squad of Dean Martinson, Russ Morris, Ron Baade and Jim McCutcheon was second.

Mike McKee, Jack Greenshield, Bill Mullins and Morris Kropf posted a 113 to take third.

Turning in a 115 and in fourth was the squad of Jessie Smith, Bill Cain, Tom Dahl and Don Gyde.

If there was a PMGA player mouthing Elvis’ “Heartbreak Hotel’ during the tournament it was Don Castleman. The PMGA linkster could have appropriately crooned the 1950s classic mostly because he was “down at the end of lonely street” when his attempt at a hole-in-one on No. 2 came up just 11 inches short.

Other prize money winners were Jessie Smith (No. 8; 6 feet, 10 inches), Sil Egler (No. 14; 8 feet) and Dick Harding (No. 17; 2 feet, 5 inches).

The PMGA returns to action tomorrow, July 8, in a “Six Six Six, ABCD” formatted tournament.


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