There’s was an old-fashioned, junkyard dog fight going on in the Payson Men’s Golf Association President’s Cup tournament.
At the end of the first round on July 8, two strokes separated the top three scores in the first flight. Larry Smith led with a 66, but hot on his heels was Troy Neal at 67.
A trio of players, Phil Wagner, Mike McKee and Jack Greenshield were holding tallies of 68.
Which means, the prestigious President’s Cup was up for grabs when PMGA members gathered a week later for the second and final round of the tournament.
When the dust finally settled, the finish was one of the closest in the history of the tournament with Neal taking the low-net title on a scorecard playoff on the back nine.
Jerry McGuire tied with Neal, both posting a 130. Although McGuire who shot a 69 on the second round lost in the playoff, he took first place in the second flight.
Also for the two rounds, Terry Lindsey claimed the low-gross championship at 72. Herb Sherman won low gross in the second flight at 83. Other low-gross winners were Jim Livingston (third flight; 86) and Ross Robertson (fourth flight; 91).
Overall low-net winners other than Neal and McGuire were Jim Dalgleish, third flight, 69, and Ward Johnson, fourth flight, 67.
First round results
During the first round of the second flight on July 8, McGuire was first at 61. Jim Dalgleish, Ed West and Art Decker all stood at 63.
In fifth place with a low-net tally of 65 was Bill Shedd.
Bob Henry’s 61 led all competitors in the third flight.
Ross Robertson was second at 65 and Dick Ceyler’s 68 placed him third.
In the closest-to-the-pin battles, Herb Sherman turned in the best tee shot of the day hitting to within seven inches of an ace on No. 8.
On No. 14, Phil Wagner pocketed prize money with a lie 5 feet, 5 inches from the cup.
Shedd and Ceyler tied on No. 17. Both were within 3 feet, 7 inches of the pin.
Neal was top gun on No. 5 at 12 feet, 5 inches. McKee won on No. 2 at 34 feet, 10 inches.
Members of the PMGA play host July 29 to Antelope Hills in a low-net tournament at Payson Golf Course.