It took Payson Men’s Golf Association members three rounds and almost a month to complete the annual Match Play tournament, but the results are in and the champions have been crowned.
The tournament opened on July 7, continued July 14 and wrapped up July 21 at Payson Golf Course.
In A flight, Mike McKee took first 6-5, over Jesse Smith.
Gary Vaplon won B flight honors, one up over Herb Sherman.
In C flight, Keith Talley outplayed runner-up Ralph Lindo, 2-1.
D flight honors were garnered by Ted Walls’ 4-3 vs. silver medalist Ron Fischer.
Don Gyde took a 6-5 win over E flight runner-up Morris Kropf.
In the A flight wildcat bracket, Tim Ernst was a 4-3 winner over second-place finisher Troy Neal.
Popeye Clay won 2-1 against Doug Talbot in B flight.
In C flight Russ Morris was a 3-2 victor vs. Ralph Lindo.
Ed West survived 3-2 against Dick Ceyler in D flight.
In other PMGA action on July 21 at PGC, Terry Lindsey took first in A flight low gross competition with a 75.
In low net, Ken Althoff swung his was to the gold medal with a 66.
Posting a 70, Ed Flores was second.
In B flight, a 91 was good enough for Bill Shedd to take home the low gross title.
Ross Robertson was the low net winner at 69.
Carding a 71, Al Lyons was third.
Closest-to-the-pin winners during the three weeks were:
No. 2, Jack Greenshield, 2 feet, 8-1/2 inches
No. 5, Troy Neal, 4 feet, 8 inches
No. 8, Larry Smith, 5 feet, 5 inches
No. 14, Ron Fisher, 9 feet, 1 inch
No. 17, Frank Szakal, 7 feet
No. 2, Don Castleman, 21 feet, 8 inches
No. 5, Jessie Smith, 4 feet, 3 inches
No. 8, Popeye Clay, 10 feet, 8-1/2 inches
No. 14, Don Gyde, 6 feet, 2 inches
No. 17, Ken Althoff, 6 feet, 2 inches
July 21 (finals):
No. 2, Tim Ernst, 10 feet, 7 inches
No. 5, Troy Neal, 19 feet, 1 inch
No. 8, Ken Althoff, 1 inch
No. 14, Jesse Smith, 5 feet, 6 inches
No. 17, Ken Althoff, 8 feet, 3 inches
PMGA members return to the links tomorrow, July 28, in a flighted interclub meet at PGC.
On Aug. 4 and Aug. 11, the annual Club Championship will be contested in match play, scratch format over two rounds.