Members of the Payson Men’s Golf Association took a respite from their traditional weekly tournaments at Payson Golf Course to travel Sept. 8 to Silver Creek for a Stableford formatted flight tournament.
The travel was necessary because the greens at PGC were being plugged.
At Silver Creek in Flight 1, Frank Szakal and Troy Neal dead knotted with identical scores of 39.
For Szakal, the tie for first wasn’t the only highlight of the week.
In a practice round after the Stableford shoot-out, Szakal scored a hole in one on No. 2 at Payson Golf Course. At about 198 yards, it is the longest par 3 course at PGC.
The only problem with the ace is that it was recorded at a Friday practice. Had he hit in during a PMGA Wednesday tournament, it would have been worth $100 in prize money.
Szakal further enhanced his reputation as a top player by being a closest to the pin prize money winner at the Stableford tournament.
Trailing Szakal and Neal at Silver Creek were Phil Wagner and Ed Armenta who tied for third with identical scores of 35.
Other top finishers were Jessie Smith (fifth; 34), Garcia (sixth; 33), Gary Vaplon (seventh; 32), Mike McKee (eight; 31) and Larry Smith (ninth; 20).
In flight 2 at Silver Creek, Bill Shedd carded a 40 to take top honors.
Also in contention were John Calderwood (second; 38) and Bill McKenna (third; 33), Also in flight 2, Ron Fisher scored a 32 to finish fourth.
Other medalists included Dick Harding (fifth; 29), Jim Dalgleish (sixth; 28), Ed West (seventh; 26) and Ward Johnson (eighth; 22).
Next up for members is a Sept. 29 visit to Quailwood course in Prescott Valley for an interclub low net formatted tournament. On Oct. 6, the PMGA hosts its annual Buck and Doe tournament in which members team up with their counterparts from the Payson Women’s Golf Association.