Ex-Coach On Top Again With Pmga

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Troy Neal has picked up where he left off last year as the Payson Men’s Golf Association’s ace closest-to-the-pin winner.

In an individual low net tournament at Payson Golf Course, the former prep basketball coach turned Northern Gila County rancher pocketed prize money on holes No. 5 and No. 8.

On No. 5, Neal’s tee shot rolled to within 8 feet, 4 inches of an ace.

On No. 8, he won with a drive that was just 5 feet, 7 inches shy of the flag.

Tim Ernst, Frank Karnes and Jim Livingstone also won closest-to-the-pin honors.

Karnes was closest on No. 14 (9 feet, 10-1/2 inches), Ernst on No. 2 (48 feet) and Livingstone on No. 17 (7 feet, 4 inches).

In the tournament, Terry Lindsey took first in the A flight on a scorecard playoff with Russ Morris.

Both tied with identical net scores of 65.

In B flight, Gar Vaplon was first at 64 and Mike Anderson posted a 70 to finish second.

PMGA members return to action June 1 at PGC in a “Black and White Team event” that will be followed by a barbecue.

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