Jesse Smith bumped, bounced, carried, chipped and drove his way to an A flight first-place finish in one of the Payson Men’s Golf Association most prestigious tournaments of the season.
Playing Payson Golf Course on July 13, 20 and 27, Smith claimed first place in the annual Club Championship by edging runner-up Tim Ernst, one-up on No. 18.
For Smith, reaching the final round of the club championship tournament is old hat.
He took top honors in the 2010 fray by defeating Ernst 2 up 1 during the final round.
In 2009, he came up just short of the title, losing a 2 up 1 heartbreaker to Frank Szakal.
Just last month, Smith captained the Blue team that defeated Red 11.4 to 7.4 in a PMGA hosted Ryder-style tournament at PGC.
Also on the day, Smith was a closest-to-the-pin winner making him one of association’s top guns of the 2011 season.
Also in the 2011 Club Championship tournament, Troy Neal played his way to first place in the B flight outdueling runner-up Russ Morris.
Gary Rovetto took the C flight crown defeating silver medalist Steve Vincent.
In the Yellow flight, Ed West was first and Dave Rutter second.
The D flight champion “is still to be determined,” said PMGA spokesman Herb Sherman.
When it is played, it will match Ed Flores against Richard Harding.
In addition to the final round of the Club Championship tournament being played on July 27, an individual low gross and low net tournament was played at PGC.
In A flight low net play, Larry Smith was first at 63. With a 67, Ron Fisher was second.
In low gross play in the flight Terry Lindsey polished off a 70 to take first.
In B flight, Mike Anderson was first in low net play and Bill Davis was top dog in low gross. Anderson posted a 65 and Davis carded an 86.
Jim Dalgleish was second in low gross competition at 67.
Closest-to-the-pin winners were Jessie Smith, No. 17, 8 feet, 6 inches; Morris, No. 14, 9 feet, 1 inch; Ernst, No. 8, 12 feet, 9 inches; Dalgleish, No.5, 5 feet, 11 inches; and Lindsey, No. 2, 17 feet, 1-/12 inches.
Next up for members of the PMGA is a “Four Man Poker, ABCD” formatted tournament on Aug. 10. Teams will be picked by computer.