Pmga Season Ends

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Payson Men’s Golf Association member Herb Sherman and his fellow members are lamenting the end of the 2010 campaign.

“It’s hard to believe it’s over,” Sherman said. “It’s been a good season.”

The year ended Nov. 3 with an individual low net tournament contested at Payson Golf Course.

In it, Larry Smith dominated A flight play, carding a tournament low 65.

With a 68, Ken Althoff was second in the flight.

In B flight, Ron Fischer outdueled Popeye Clay for top honors and prize money; Fischer finished at 67 and Clay had a 69.

Spencer Roth finished at 67 to take laurels in C flight. With a 69, Jim Dalgleish was second.

In closest to the pin competition, winners were Oscar Garcia (No. 2; 10 feet, 10 inches), Doug Talbot (No. 5; 8 feet, 3 inches), Althoff (No. 8; 2 feet, 5 inches), Gary Vaplon (No. 14; 13 feet) and Alex Armenta (No. 17; 3 feet, 6 inches).

All that remains of the campaign now is for the members to gather for the traditional awards banquet, which will be held Monday, Nov. 15 at Diamond Point Shadows.

Looking back

Among the highlights of the past season was Jessie Smith’s win in the coveted Payson Men’s Golf Association Club Championship.

Smith took top honors by defeating Tim Ernst 2 up 1 during the final round, played Aug. 25 at Payson Golf Course.

In July, it took PMGA members three rounds and almost a month to complete the annual Match Play tournament. The postponements were due to inclement weather.

The tournament opened on July 7, continued July 14 and wrapped up, finally, 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 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.

In June during the PMGA’s first major tournament of the year, Steve Vincent and Terry Lindsey played their way to the A flight championship

The win marked the second consecutive year the duo had taken the two-man best ball tournament title.

Vincent and Lindsey won with a card of 114.

Troy Neal and Ed Flores teamed up for a 119 and a second-place finish. With a 120, Keith Talley and Bill Shedd were third.

One of the most unique of the tournaments played during the past season occurred in April when members locked horns in a fantasy-type formatted shoot-out. Called a “low net plus chosen Masters players” tournament — each member’s final tally was calculated by adding his card to the one posted by his chosen Masters player.

Ed Quigley chose Phil Mickelson as his partner, and together (66/338) the pair claimed gold in the first flight.

Frank Szakal also chose Mickelson for a 65/341 to take second in the flight.

Steve Vincent picked Tiger Woods and posted a 65/342 to finish third.

In fourth were Tony Mularski and Anthony Kim at 67/343.

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