Ernst Takes Lead In Pmga Closest To Pin Wins

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Payson Men’s Golf Association member Tim Ernst has passed Troy Neal in the battle for greatest number of closest-to-the-pin victories.

Ernst scored his ninth and 10th wins of the 2011 season on Aug. 3 during a three-man scramble tournament at Payson Golf Course.

Neal, the PMGA’s defending closest-to-the-pin champion, who set the record last season with 14 victories, has nine “Ws” this year.

“They are battling it out,” said PMGA spokesman Herb Sherman. “Both are good golfers.”

Ernst’s first closest-to-the-pin victory in the three-man scramble was on No. 8 where he was 18 feet, 8 inches from the flag. His second occurred on No. 17 with a lie of 3 feet, 1 inch.

Other winners on the day were Mike Anderson (No. 2, 18 feet, 6 inches), Tom Dahl (No. 5, 7 feet, 8 inches) and Sil Egler (No. 14, 10 feet, 10 inches).

Egler and Anderson were also members of the first place finishing team along with Larry Smith. The winning threesome posted a tally of 55.5.

The trio of Benny Burns, Herb Sherman and Ernst finished second carding a 58.5.

Don Castleman, Bill Shedd and Dick Ceyler shot their way to bronze medal honors with a 61.5.

A Four-Man Poker ABCD formatted tournament was played Aug. 10 at PGC. A computer selected the teams. Also on the links agenda is the upcoming annual President’s Cup, one of the association’s six major tournaments of the summer. The tournament will be played Aug. 24 and Aug. 31.

The PMGA season wraps up Nov. 2 with a low net tournament.

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