There are plenty of good-natured jokes about golf —
It’s a good walk spoiled.
It’s a game you yell “fore,” shoot six and write down five.
The sport is named golf because all the other four letter words were taken.
While those might invoke a few chuckles, there was no funny business going on in Terry Lindsay’s games during a Payson Men’s Golf Association individual low net tournament held May 26 at Payson Golf Course.
There, Lindsey was dead serious shooting a 60 to take first place in A flight and also “double dipping” — as PMGA member Herb Sherman calls it— on two holes.
The twin scoop began with Lindsey pocketing closest-to-the-pin prize money on No. 5 by launching a tee shot that rolled to within 13 feet, 7 inches of an ace.
On No. 8, he again stashed away cash with an effort that left him 14 feet, 1 inch from the flag.
Other closest-to-the-pin winners were Ed McFall (No. 2; 17 feet), Dick Ceyler (No. 14; 4 feet, 1/2 inch) and Ken Althoff (No. 17; 13 feet, 6 inches).
In low net A flight play, Gary Vaplon finished second to Lindsey with a 63. Althoff carded a 65 and was third. Tim Ernst also had a 65 but finished fourth.
In B flight, Popeye Clay did his best to impress Olive Oyl taking first place with a 63.
Trailing were Tony Mularski (68) and Roger Poole (69).
Bill McKenna took C flight laurels at 55.
In second with a 58 was Bill Mullins. Al Lyons posted a 60 to take third and Ceyler’s 62 was good enough for fourth.
A week earlier in another PMGA-hosted low net tournament, Tim Ernst and Troy Neal dead-knotted for A flight honors with identical cards of 64.
In a chip off, Ernst was first and Neal second.
Neal, however, could take solace in that he banked closest-to-the-pin prize money on No. 5 with a lie of 4 feet, 10 inches.
The tournament was a good day for retired high school basketball coaches, as Neal is.
Sherman, a former Coronado Don’s coach, was a closest-to-the-pin winner on No. 2 at 22 feet, 2 inches.
Other winners were Larry Smith (No. 17; 6 feet), Bill Shedd (No. 14; 17 feet, 3 inches) and Althoff (No. 8; 1 foot, 3 inches).
In A flight final standings, Lindsey was third with a 66.
Russ Morris posted a 63 to take top honors among B flight golfers.
Once again, Popeye Clay obviously thrived on his spinach, taking second at 66. In third with a 67 was Don Kisseberth.
Ceyler nabbed the C flight gold at 62.
Trailing were Doug Bailey (65) and Ross Robertson (66).
Next up for PMGA members is a four-man “poker” tournament in which A, B, C and D player teams will be selected by a computer.