Jessie Smith can be excused for wildly celebrating his win in the coveted 2010 Payson Men’s Golf Association Club Championship mostly because he came up short of the title last year losing a 2 up 1 heartbreaker to Frank Szakal.
Smith took top honors in the 2010 fray by defeating Tim Ernst 2 up 1 during the final round played Aug. 25 at Payson Golf Course.
The first two rounds were played Aug. 4 and Aug. 11, also at PGC.
Showing well at PGC is nothing new for Smith, who one month ago finished as A flight runner-up in a match play tournament and in March was a member of a threesome that took first in a three-man scramble.
In B flight play of the club 2010 championship, Gary Vaplon defeated Ted Walls 1 up for the gold medal.
The C and D flight battles turned heated when both went into extra holes.
Jim Dalgleish edged silver medalist Jim McGuire in 19 holes for the C crown and Jim Livingston took D flight honors, defeating second place Don Gyde in 21 holes.
While qualifiers were closing out PMGA Club championship play, other members were competing in a low gross and low net by flights shootout.
Low gross flight winners included Terry Lindsey (A), Ron Fisher (B) and Bill Shedd (C).
Lindsey posted a 78, Fisher had an 85 and Shedd finished at 92.
Low net winners were Ed Flores (A), Roger Poole (B) and Bill Mullins (C).
Flores carded a 64, Poole tallied a 66 and Mullins had a 68.
Russ Morris was low net silver medalist in A flight and Doug Talbot was second in B flight.
Closest to the pin money winners included several veteran PMGA members in Herb Sherman (No. 5; 6 feet), Ken Althoff (No. 14; 8 feet, 6 inches), Jim Dalgleish (No. 8; 14 feet, 1 inch), Ted Walls (No. 2; 11 feet, 3-1/2 inches) and Tom Dahl (No. 17; 4 feet, 7 inches).
Next up for the PMGA members is the state championship two man scramble Sept. 1.