Chip-Off Decides Pmga Point-Par Crown Win

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Individual low net and point-par were the playing formats selected by members of the Payson Men’s Golf Association.

The point-par fray was played April 14 and the individual low net a week later, both at Payson Golf Course.

The point-par fray turned into a barnburner when Terry Lindsey and Tim Ernst wrapped up A-flight play dead-knotted at 28. In a chip-off, Lindsey took first and Ernst fell to second. With a 26, Ed McFall was third.

In B flight, Roger Poole posted a 30 to take first place. With a 27, Bill Shed was second. Steve Holmes turned in a 25 that was good enough for the bronze medal.

John Calderwood’s 32 earned him first place prize money in C flight. Trailing were Dick Ceyler (27) and Bennie Burns (25).

In the format, a double bogey counted minus 1 point, a bogie was zero, par was plus 1, birdie plus 2 and eagle plus 3.

Due to renovations at PGC, members played the front nine twice. During the first nine holes they played from red tees and the second nine holes was off the white tees.

The player to accumulate the most points was declared the flight winner.

In the closest-to-the-pin contests, red tee winners were Larry Smith, No. 2, 2 feet, 7 inches; Ross Robertson, No. 5, 8 feet, 11 inches; Ed Flores, No. 8, 8 feet, 6 inches.

Winners from white tees were: Steve Vincent, No. 2, 17 feet, 1 inch; Gary Rovetto, No. 5, 8 feet, 6 inches; and Ken Althoff, No. 8, 18 feet, 9 inches.

Second chip-off in two weeks

Another chip-off was needed to decide the B flight winner of the individual low net tournament.

At the end of regulation play, Roger Poole and Ed Kuhns were tied at 65.

Poole won the chip to take first and Kuhns was second. Don Gyde posted a 66 to finish third.

In A flight, Steve Holmes was first with a 66. Ken Althoff carded a 67 and was second. Third place went to Gary Campbell (69), a former California high school football coach, who had a day to write home about. Not only did he win the A flight bronze, he pocketed closest-to-the-pin prize money on No. 5 (20 feet, 6 inches) and No. 8 (16 feet, 7 inches).

Other winners were Larry Smith, No. 2, 11 feet, 8 inches; Doug Talbot, No. 14, 14 feet, 10 inches; and Althoff, No. 17, 11 feet.

Next up for the PMGA members is a May 5 four-man best ball shoot-out. For the fray, the tournament director will call upon a computer to select the A, B, C and D players for each team.

The following week, the PMGA locks horns in a challenging “three clubs only low net by flights” formatted tournament.

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