Members of the Payson Men’s Golf Association and the women’s 18-hole group have competed in a variety of tournaments played both at Payson Golf Course and in Flagstaff.
The PMGA scene included a low net tournament Sept. 29 at PGC while the PWGA highlight was the Northern Arizona Women’s Golf Association state tournament, which drew eight local qualifiers to the Flagstaff course site.
In that fray, Karen Peterson and Shari Cody were runners-up in low gross scoring of A flight. They were just one stroke out of first place.
In the men’s low net shoot-out, Ed Flores edged former high school basketball coach Herb Sherman, 66-64, for A flight honors.
With a 67, Phil Wagner was third and Oscar Garcia took fourth at 69.
In B flight, Ward Johnson carded a 67 to take first over runner-up Don Gyde, who posted a 70.
In closest to the pin competition, there were no winners on No. 2 because no player reached the green with his tee shot.
Those who did pocket prize money included Ralph Lindo (No. 5; 2 feet), Troy Neal (No. 8; 16 feet, 2 inches), Alex Armenta (No. 14; 6 feet, 6 inches) and Sherman (No. 17; 15 feet, 3 inches).
Neal’s win was his 14th closest to the pin victory of the PMGA season — a mark that is believed to be an association record.
In 2008 during a pick-up game at PGC, the former Tempe High basketball coach went one better than a closest to the pin victory, scoring a hole-in-one on No. 8.
Fellow PMGA members are scratching their noggins wondering why Neal is so accurate with his tee shots. No one knows for sure and Neal is keeping his lips sealed, but it could possibly be due to his background in basketball. Neal was known to be a pretty decent outside shooter.
So, does accuracy with basketball translate into being a good long-distance hitter on the golf course? Who knows?
Next up for the PMGA is the second and final round of the President’s Cup that was to be played Aug. 11, but was postponed due to adverse weather conditions. Playing the round more than a month after it was scheduled, could present some problems.
“It’s been so long since we played the first round, everyone has probably forgot what happened,” Sherman said.
Also on the PMGA agenda is a low net flight “Turkey Shoot” set for Oct 13.
The 2010 season wraps up Nov. 3 with another Turkey Shoot.