The performances of Troy Neal and Herb Sherman in the Payson Men’s Golf Association Two-Man Best-Ball Championships might leave some wondering why the two didn’t once coach high school golf rather than basketball.
Neal formerly coached basketball at Tempe High School and Sherman at Scottsdale Coronado.
In the best-ball tournament played June 10 and 17 at Payson Golf Course, Neal teamed with Gary Rovetto to finish second and Sherman hooked up with Bill Shedd for sixth.
Sherman also pocketed closest-to-the-pin money June 17 on No. 5 where his tee shot rolled to within 10 feet of the flag.
A week earlier, Neal — who had a hole-in-one last season — was closest on No. 8 with a mark of 6 feet, 6 inches.
“Both of us are doing pretty good for being old basketball coaches,” Sherman said.
Neal and Rovetto finished at 114 to trail only champions Terry Lindsey and Steve Vincent who carded a 110. In addition to Lindsey being a fine golfer, he is also the PMGA president.
In third place were Ed Flores and Steve Holmes at 115. Mick McKee and Jim Dalgleish posted a 116 to reap fourth-place honors.
In fifth with a 119, was the duo of Ralph Lindo and Dick Harding.
Jack Gibbs and Tony LeGault took seventh and Roger Poole and Warren Mulcahy were eighth.
Gibbs/LeGault scored a 121 as did the duo of Poole/Mulcahy. Ties are broken on scorecard playoffs.
At the end of the first day of the tournament, which is one of the premier events of the PMGA season, the players were groping to find out where they stood.
“No scores are posted for the first round, so everyone is in the dark where they stand,” Sherman said. What was known was the first round’s closest-to-the-pin champs.
They included Steve Holmes, No. 2, 14 feet, 9 inches; Tom Dahl, No. 5, 1 foot, 4 inches; Ed West, No. 14, 10 feet, 10 inches; Sil Egler, No. 17, 2 feet, 3 inches; and Neal.
On the second day winners were Ward Johnson, No. 2, 9 feet, 6 inches; Jim McCutcheon, No. 8, 5 feet, 4 inches; Frank Karnes, No. 14, 3 feet, 7 inches; Ward Johnson, No. 17, 5 feet, 5 inches; and Sherman.