Terry Lindsey and Richard Harding have etched their names into the record books by becoming the first Payson Men’s Golf Association team to win an Arizona Golf Association Club state championship.
The pair accomplished the rare feat Dec. 12 in the 14th annual state finals played in cold, blustery conditions at Encanterra Golf Course near Queen Creek.
There, the Payson pair outdueled eight other state qualifying teams in the Sarazan flight, posting a gross 74 on the par 72 course.
The runner-up team, Casa Grande Men, finished three strokes behind the Rim Country duo.
Although Lindsey and Harding are two of the PMGA’s most accomplished golfers, winning the state crown was not an easy task.
First, the team had to qualify for the state playoffs by winning a scramble tournament held in October at Payson Golf Course.
After winning there, the team advanced to the first round of the state tournament played at Las Colinas Golf Course in Queen Creek.
Rising to the challenge of playing some of Arizona’s best, Lindsey and Harding won easily with a two under par 71.
That victory qualified the Rim pair for a berth in the state finals against other qualifiers from around the state.
Lindsey downplays the prestigious win, modestly saying, “We got lucky.”
The closest any previous PMGA team has come to winning a state title occurred 14 years ago, at the first men’s state championship, when a Troy Neal-led team finished second overall.