Pmga Sets St. Patrick’S Kick-Off

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The Payson Men’s Golf Association is looking for a few good men.

A few good ones that can also golf, that is.

They’re needed to help round out the PMGA roster that now includes 85 players — some have been members of the local organization for decades. Over the years some have proven to be among of the Rim Country’s finest golfers, winning local, interclub and state honors.

The PMGA season tees off at 7 a.m., Wednesday, March 17 with the traditional opening day breakfast at the Masonic Lodge. It will be followed immediately by a scramble tournament at Payson Golf Course, the site of most of the association’s tournaments.

During the course of the year, the PMGA will host 34 tournaments, 25 of which will be flighted.

The major tournaments included the Two Man Best Ball championship on June 9 and 16, the Club Championship set for July 7, 14 and 21 and two rounds of the President’s Cup slated for Aug. 4 and 11.

The PMGA also travels to tournaments at Verde Santa Fe, Elephant Rock, Silver Creek and Quailwood.

Also on the summer calendar is the annual “Buck and Doe” tournament in which PMGA members pair up with their PWGA counterparts for an 18-hole shootout.

Last year the PMGA went high-tech, calling upon a computer to pick teams for the annual Black and White Tournament.

Following the fray, Herb Sherman expressed his pleasure with linkbaiting saying, “The computer picked us pretty evenly.”

This year the Black and White will be played Oct. 27, with other “computer pick” tournaments on May 5 and June 2.

At the conclusion of last year, members selected their officers for the 2010 season. Gary Vaplon was elected president and Phil Wagner vice president. Don Kisseberth will serve as secretary and Terry Lindsey is the new treasurer.

Applications to join the PMGA are available at Payson Golf Course. Membership fees are $62 per year.

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