As odd as it might sound, Tiger Woods’ efforts in the recently completed Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club paved the way for a trio of Payson Men’s Golf Association members to reap honors in an April 6 low net tournament at Payson Golf Course.
All three of the players, first-place finishing Jim Dalgleish, runner-up Alex Armenta and bronze medalist Steve Vincent, picked Woods as their professional partner in the local tournament.
PMGA member Steve Vincent explains the format, “A Payson player picks a pro that is playing in the Masters and adds the pro score over four rounds of the Masters to the Payson players’ (low net) score on April 6.”
In the Masters, Woods tied for fourth with a 10 under 278 (71, 66, 74 and 67).
In the PMGA low net shoot-out, Dalgleish carded a 65 which, coupled with Woods’ score, gave the local player a 343 and a first-place finish.
Armenta had a 67 (345) and was second. Vincent turned in a 68 (346) to finish third.
Frank Szakal actually carded Payson’s best score, 62, but his pro pick was Phil Mickelson who at the Masters finished tied for 27th at 287.
Which meant Sazakal’s PMGA tournament best, when added to Mickelson’s tally, was a 349 and only good enough for a fourth-place showing overall.
Also in the local tournament, Ron Fisher (67; Lee Westwood) was fifth, Gary Campbell (66; Mickelson) was sixth and Dick Ceyler (65; Bubba Watson), Jack Greenshield (67; Mickelson) and Doug Talbot (76; Woods) tied for seventh place.
Among the PMGA players, Mickelson was far and away the most popular pick having been chosen by 10 members. Five members picked Woods.
Closest to the pin winners
In the PMGA tournament, members played the front nine holes twice because greens were being plugged at PGC.
Closest to the pin winners were Oscar Garcia (No. 2; 9 feet, 11 inches), Terry Lindsey (No. 2; 10 feet, 4 inches), Mike McKee (No. 5; 10 feet, 5 inches), Tim Ernst (No. 8; 8 feet, 6 inches), Vincent (No. 5; 12 feet, 1 inch) and Dalgleish (No. 8; 2 feet 1 inch).
The PMGA returns to PGC on April 20 for a “Blind Partners” formatted tournament. On April 27, the PMGA will play a “low gross-low net” shoot-out.
A match play tournament will be contested May 4, 11 and 18.