Rick Korth has to now be very familiar with Payson Golf Course’s back nine holes.
The layout is known well because Korth spent so much time there on March 25 during his climb to a first-place finish in a Payson Men’s Golf Association tournament. Since the front nine greens at PGC are being plugged, the skirmish was played over the back nine twice.
Battling in a low net, flighted shoot-out, Korth carded a 63 to win the first flight.
Last season, Korth was one of the PMGA’s finest golfers advancing to the finals of the mid-summer club championship.
Trailing Korth in the March 25 tournament were Larry Smith (66) and John Waring (68).
In the second flight, Warren Mulcahy’s 63 earned him top honors.
Not far off the winner’s pace was Larry Baker at 64.
Jerry McGuire, turned in a 72 and was third.
In the third flight, PMGA veteran John Calderwood earned a gold medal with a 66.
Ed Kuhns (68) was second and Bill Shedd (70) third.
Carding a 58, Jack Gibbs won the fourth flight competition. Ward Johnson finished at 58 and was second in the flight.
With a 62, Ross Robertson was third.
In the closest-to-the-pin competitions, which had to be played twice on No. 14 and No. 17 because of the closure of the front nine, McGuire had the best effort of the day hitting to within 7 inches of an ace on 17.
On No. 14 the second time around, Gary Martinson finished within 10 feet, 1-1/2 inches shy of the flag to pocket prize money.
Other winners were Tom Dahl, No. 14, 21 feet, 1/2 inch; and Larry Smith, No. 17, 13 feet, 7 inches.
Next up for PMGA members is a “Four Man Poker — ABCD” formatted tournament to be contested tomorrow, April 1, at PGC.
This year, Gary Campbell is serving as home tournament chairman and Gary Rovetto is the away tournament chairman.