Pmga Has It All


Name the game — low net, match play, blind draw partners or two-man best ball — and you’ll find the format in Payson Men’s Golf Association summer tournament play.

Popeye Clay won the low net tournament, contested May 18 at Payson Golf Course, with a 63. Gary Vaplon was second at 66. Oscar Garcia claimed low gross honors with an 81.

In closest-to-the-pin competition during the tournament, winners were Frank Karnes (No 2; 19 feet, 7-1/2 inches), Tim Ernst (No. 5; 24 feet, 5 inches and No. 14; 6 feet, 6 inches), Larry Smith (No. 17; 5 feet, 1 inch) and Garcia (No. 8; 4 feet).

The match play tournament was contested over the course of three days — May 4, 11 and 18.

When the marathon of golf finally wrapped up, Ernst, Terry Lindsey, Bill Shedd and Dave Rutter were flight winners.

Ernst won A flight, Lindsey took B flight laurels, Shedd won the D flight crown and Rutter was top gun in E flight.

Runners-up included Virgil Cly (A), Alex Armenta (B), Jim Dalgleish (D) and Don Gyde (E).

The C flight title has yet to be decided, but has come down to a head-to-head clash between Chip Yeomans and Jerry McGuire.

In the blind man draw formatted fray played May 25, Terry Lindsey and Jim Livingstone swung to first place with a 132.

At 133, Jack Greenshield and Frank Latona were second.

Troy Neal and Popeye Clay hooked up for a 135 and third place.

Ralph Lindo and Garcia were fourth at 149.

Tim Ernst (No. 2; 36 feet, 3 inches), Shedd (No. 5; 7 feet, 7 inches), Herb Sherman (No. 8; 17 feet, 5 inches), Gary Campbell (No. 14; 3 feet, 2 inches) and Frank Szakal (No. 17; 5 feet, 6 inches) pocketed closest-to-the-pin prize money.

The two-man best ball tournament, played May 21, turned into a barnburner of a duel between the teams of Cly/Jessie Smith and Clay/Lindsey.

The two teams dead-knotted for the championship with identical scores of 56.

A chip off was called for as a tie breaker and it was Cly and Smith who walked away with the crown.

Tim Hughes and Dan Herbert posted a 57 to finish third.

Ron Fisher and Bill Shedd were fourth at 59.

Closest-to-the-pin money winners on the day included Cly (No. 2; 13 feet, 6 inches and No. 14; 2 feet, 1 inch), Dave Herbert (No. 5; 12 feet, 1 inch), Ken Althoff (No. 8; 5 feet, 10 inches and Larry Smith (No. 17; 15 feet, 6 inches).


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