Playing a tournament with only three clubs can be a challenge for the most veteran of golfers.
But that’s exactly what confronted members of the Payson Men’s Golf Association during a June 3 tournament at Payson Golf Course.
Herb Sherman, a longtime PMGA member and retired Scottsdale Coronado basketball coach, took up the challenge without using a putter. His choices were the one, five and nine irons.
“Everyone’s choices are different, it just depends on their favorites,” Sherman said.
Top honors for the tournament went to another retired basketball coach, Troy Neal — formerly of Tempe High School and now a Northern Gila County rancher.
Neal’s low net card of 67 earned him first place in the first flight and plaudits from Sherman, “He had a pretty darn good day.”
Sherman also lauded Popeye Clay, but not for his super human strength and affinity for spinach, but rather for his two closest-to-the-pin wins.
“He was a double dipper,” Sherman said.
Clay won prize money on No. 14 where he came up just 1 foot, 11 inches shy of the flag. On No. 17, his tee shot rolled to within 10 feet, 4 inches of the hole.
As good as the Sailor Man’s namesake was, it was fellow PMGA member Morris Kroph who came the closest to scoring a coveted hole-in-one.
On No. 8, Kroph was just 10 inches short of an ace.
Bill McKeena pocketed prize money on No. 2 (14 feet, 54 inches) and Jerry McGuire won on No. 5 (8 feet, 4 inches).
In first flight play, Larry Smith took second behind Neal, Mike McKee was third and Larry Baker fourth. Smith finished at 70, McKee had a 72 and Baker tallied a 74. In the second flight, the top four finishers were McGuire (61), John Calderwood (63), Russ Morris (65) and Gary Campbell (70). Steve Holmes won the third flight with a 67. Jack Gibbs carded a 69 to finish as the silver medalist. Steve Peacock was third at 71 and Bill Shedd’s 72 was good enough for fourth place.
Next up for the PMGA is one of the summer highlights — two rounds of the annual two-man best ball tournament. Round one will be played tomorrow, June 10, and the second round on June 17. On June 24 PMGA members will host Prescott Country Club in a low net flighted tournament.