Ex-Coach Still Swinging For The Fences

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Herb Sherman turned in two weeks of pretty fair country golf that was befitting a man who devoted much of his life to coaching high school sports.

The former Scottsdale Coronado coach, who has retired to Payson, began his string of stellar play during a March 23 Payson Men’s Golf Association “Two-Man Best Ball With Handicap” formatted tournament.

In it, Sherman almost swatted an ace on No. 5 as his tee shot rolled to within 6 feet, 10 inches of the flag.

Although Sherman didn’t get the hole-in-one, he did pocket closest to the pin prize money.

A week later, in a PMGA-hosted “Individual Low Gross, Low Net” tournament, Sherman played to a first-place low gross finish in B flight by carding a 77.

Also in the tournament, Tim Ernst posted a 75 to take first in A flight.

In low net A flight play, Alex Armenta and Russ Morris tied for first with identical scores of 64.

On a scorecard playoff, Armenta took first and Morris fell to second.

In B flight battles, Don Gyde’s 58 earned him low net honors over runner-up Jim Livingston who finished at 61.

Closest to the pin winners were Ron Fisher (No. 14, red tee; 5 feet, 10 inches), Gary Roveto (No. 15 red tee; 9 feet, 10 inches), Gyde (No 14, white tee; 9 feet) and Terry Lindsey (No. 17, white tee; 13 feet, 10 inches).

Because the greens on the front nine holes at Payson Golf Course were being plugged, the PMGA members played the back nine holes twice. The first go-round was played from the red tees and the second from the white tees.

A week earlier

During the two-man best ball tournament, Rick Korth and Oscar Garcia hooked up to win A flight honors with a 59.

Jessie Smith and Mike McKee were second at 59.

In B flight struggles, Doug Talbot teamed up with longtime Payson High and Rim Country Middle School teacher Louie Crabtree for a 62 and first-place finish.

At 62, Gary Roveto and Chip Yeoman were second.

In C flight, Bill Shedd and Sil Egler turned in a 59 to take first place. Don Kisseberth and John Calderwood’s 61 was good for second place.

In the closest to the pin competition, last year’s big winner Troy Neal — who like Sherman is a former high school basketball coach — added another “W” to his repertoire, hitting to within 31 feet, 1 inch on No. 2.

Other winners were Phil Wagner (No. 8; 2 feet, 4 inches), Dave Rutter (No. 14; 11 feet, 7 inches and Richard Harding (No. 17, 6 feet, 10 inches).

Tomorrow, April 6, PMGA members return to PGC for the annual “Masters Minus Low Net play Master Player Your Pick” formatted tournament.

In it, members lock horns in a fantasy-type formatted shoot-out in which each member’s final tally is calculated by adding his card to the one posted by his chosen Masters player.

Last year, Ed Quigley chose Phil Mickelson as his partner, and together (66/338) the pair claimed gold in the first flight. Also in 2010 Frank Szakal 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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