Troy Neal is a longtime cattle rancher and lives amongst some of the finest quail-hunting habitat in the state, but probably won’t be eating beef or Gambel’s for Thanksgiving dinner.
Instead, he’ll be enjoying a turkey dinner courtesy of the Payson Men’s Golf Association.
Neal received the bird Oct. 12 for his A flight first-place finish in a low net formatted “Turkey Shoot” played at Payson Golf Course.
His tally of net 65 was also worth prize money, as was his closest-to-the-pin win on No. 14, where his tee shot came up just 8 feet, 8 inches shy of an ace.
Oscar Garcia finished second to Neal in A flight with a net 70.
With a 71, Alex Armenta was third and a closest-to-the-pin winner on No. 17 at 5 feet, 10 inches.
In B flight, Mike Eilenfeldt was first at 62 and Ralph Lindo took second with a 65.
A score of 67 earned Ed Flore third-place honors in the flight.
Don Gyde carded a 64 to take top gun laurels in C flight. Dick Ceyler and Bill Shedd had both finished at 70, but in a scorecard playoff, Ceyler was named the silver medalist and Shedd fell to third.
Closest-to-the-pin prize money winners other than Neal and Armenta were Ron Fischer (No. 2 - 16 feet, 10 inches and No. 8 - 24 feet) and Larry Smith (No. 5 - 3 feet, 10 inches).
Also in PMGA action, players gathered Oct. 15 for the sixth Saturday tournament of the 2011 season.
The Saturday tournaments are hosted in part for members who are employed and can’t make the usual Wednesday morning shoot-outs.
In the four-man team tournament format in which the best three scores on each hole were tallied, the team of Phil Wagner, Popeye Clay, Frank Szakal and Shedd was first at 187.
With a net 188, Terry Lindsey, Mike McKee, Steve Vincent and Eilenfeldt took second.
Johnny Orr turned in the closest-to-the-pin shot of the day finishing just 4 feet, 11 inches from the flag on No. 17.
Larry Smith was a money winner on two holes — No. 2 - 11 feet, 3 inches and No. 8 - 18 feet.
Chip Yeomans won on No. 5 - 17 feet, 3 inches and Phil Wager scooped up prize cash on No. 14 - 10 feet.