For longtime Payson Men’s Golf Association standout Troy Neal, good things come in twos — especially when a scrumptious Thanksgiving dinner is involved.
Only one week after winning a turkey in a low net “turkey shoot” formatted tournament held at Payson Golf Course, Neal returned to the links to win yet another of the Thanksgiving dinner birds.
The most recent was earned Oct. 19 with Neal posting a net 66 to take first in A flight of the PMGA-hosted shoot-out.
He garnered the first bird on Oct. 12 with a low net 65.
During the Oct. 12 tournament, Neal supplemented his winning of the bird with a stash of cash, pocketing closest-to-the-pin prize money on No. 14.
At the most recent tournament, however, Neal was shut out in his bid for prize money. The honors instead went to Ken Althoff, Larry Smith, Ron Fischer and Terry Lindsey.
Althoff was red-hot, winning on two holes — No. 5, 10 feet, 5 inches and No. 14, 6 feet, 8 inches. Fischer was closest on No. 2 — 18 feet, 5 inches; Lindsey the winner on No. 5 — 10 feet, 4 inches; and Smith banged home the money winner on No. 17 — 4 feet, 7 inches.
Althoff was equally as hot in A flight as he was in closest-to-the-pin play, finishing second with a net 67.
Carding a 68, Phil Wagner was third and Terry Lindsey took fourth at 69.
In B flight, PMGA tournament chairman Steve Vincent showcased his finest Jack Nicklaus-like form, winning with a 63.
At 66, veteran golfer John Calderwood, also the grandfather of USA Olympic archer Brady Ellison, was second. Roger Poole took third at 67. Bill Shedd also tallied a 67 but was fourth on a scorecard playoff.
Following the two rounds of turkey-shoot action, Vincent announced the winners saying, “25 players will be receiving turkeys from Safeway this year.”
Noticeably absent from the two tournaments was witty PMGA spokesman Herb Sherman, a retired high school teacher and coach, who is home caring for his ailing wife.
Sherman says he hopes to return to the links soon, but will do so only after his wife recovers fully.