Phil Wagner and Alex Armenta dominated play in the Payson Men’s Golf Association individual low net and low gross formatted tournament held April 27 at Payson Golf Course.
Wagner took the low gross title in A flight with a 75. Turning in a 65, Armenta claimed the low net crown.
Both also pocketed closest-to-the-pin prize money. Armenta won on No. 2 where his tee shot rolled to within 11 feet of an ace.
Wagner was closest on No. 8 at 9 feet, 1/2 inch.
The best shot of the day, however, was a gem by Jerry McGuire on No. 17.
There, McGuire slashed to within 1 foot, 3-1/2 inches of the hole. McGuire also was the low net winner in B flight at 67. Also in the flight, Jim Dalgleish was the low gross winner at 82.
In C flight action, Popeye Clay flexed his bulging forearms and tooted his corn cob pipe to both a low gross win and closest-to-the-pin victory.
His winning score was an 88 and the closest-to-the-pin win was on No. 5 at 26 feet, 5 inches.
Also in C flight, Ross Robertson carded a 68 to claim the net title.
Phil Wagner was the closest-to-the-pin winner on No. 8 with a shot that was 9 feet, 1/2 inch from the flag.
Learning the alphabet
On April 20 also at PGC, PMGA members gathered for an “ABCD team, Best Three Scores With Handicap” formatted shoot-out.
In it, the foursome of Larry Smith, Doug Talbot, Dave Rutter and Bill McKenna joined forces for a 180 and a first-place finish.
With a 184, Oscar Garcia, Gary Rovetto, Ralph Lindo and Bill Shedd were second.
In the battle for third, Popeye enlisted the services of Don Castleman, Ron Fischer and Jim Livingstone to card a 193 and win the bronze.
Closest-to-the-pin money winners were Roveto (No. 2; 2 feet, 4 inches), Armenta (No. 5; 5 feet, 3 inches and No. 14; 7 feet, 7 inches), Larry Smith (No. 8; 5 feet, 3 inches) and Phil Scott (No. 17; 3 feet, 5 inches).
Rare Saturday showdown
On April 23, the PMGA hosted what member Herb Sherman calls, “A special Saturday tournament for members who work during the week and are unable to play in the normal Wednesday tournaments.”
The format was low gross and low net.
Low gross winners included Dave Herbert and Ron Fischer. Herbert won in A flight with a 70 and Fischer took B flight at 82.
In low net play, Mike McKee was first in A flight at 63 and Chip Yeomans took B flight laurels also with a 63.
The battle for silver medals in both flights were dogfights.
Harry Parsons and Ken Althoff both had a 67 to tie in A flight. In B flight, Dalgleish and Popeye dead-knotted at 66.
Closest-to-the-pin winners were McGuire (No. 2; 17 feet, 8 inches), Yeomans (No. 5; 24 feet), Popeye (No. 14; 10 feet, 2 inches), and Tim Hughes (No. 17; 4 feet, 2 inches).