“Old Coaches Rule” could have been the name of the closest-to-the-pin competition at an April 13 Payson Men’s Golf Association tournament.
The moniker would fit quite nicely because a trio of retired high school coaches dominated the competition winning prize money on four of the five holes.
On the other hole, No. 2, there was no winner.
The coaches pocketing prize cash included Herb Sherman (No. 5; 2 feet, 9 inches), Gary Campbell (No. 17; 14 feet, 2 inches) and Troy Neal (No. 8; 8 feet, 3 inches and No. 14; 5 feet, 10 inches).
Sherman was a longtime varsity boys basketball coach at Scottsdale Coronado and Neal coached boys basketball at Tempe High School.
Campbell retired to Payson in 2005 after coaching football for 34 years at Norco High School in California.
On Nov. 23, 2010 at a Norco home game against Corona Santiago, the football field was renamed after Campbell.
In the “Three Club” formatted tournament in which the closest-to-the-pin competition was held, Tim Ernst took low gross laurels in A Flight and Chip Yeomans was low gross winner in B flight.
Ernst carded a 74 and Yeomans an 84.
In low net A Flight play, Gary Vaplon took first at 69. With a 70, Neal was second and Phil Wagner was third, also at 70. A scorecard playoff was used to break the tie between Neal and Wagner.
In B Flight low net action, Ross Robertson took first, Jim Dalgleish was runner-up and Jim Livingstone was bronze medalist.
Robertson posted a 69 and Dalgleish and Livingstone turned in identical scores of 73. A scorecard play was again used to decide final places.
Next on the PMGA agenda is a low gross and low net by flights tournament to be played April 17 at PGC.
On May 4, 11 and 18, the three rounds of the annual match play tournament will be contested.