Men’S Golf Association Cups Runneth Over

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A pair of prestigious “Cup” tournaments heated up Payson Golf Course fairways and greens last week.

One, the Payson Men’s Golf Association’s President’s Cup, has been played for decades.

The other, Parsons’ Cup, named for the owners of Payson Golf Course, was played for the first time.

“The course owner initiated a new tournament to determine the best golfer in the men’s club,” said PMGA tournament chairman Steve Vincent. “There was no handicap adjustment, just scratch gross scoring in two rounds.

“They were the two biggest tournaments of the year.”

Both the Parsons’ and President’s Cup were played Aug. 24 and 31 at Payson Golf Course.

In the chase for the inaugural Parsons’ Cup, Jesse Smith emerged victorious at 145 with rounds of 74 and 71. Tim Ernst took second at 151 (73 and 78).

In the President’s Cup battles, Ed Flores won with a final net tally of 126 that included cards of 61 and 65. At 130 (67 and 63), Ron Fischer was second.

Frank Szakal came in at 131 (71 and 60) to take third over Mike Armenta, who was fourth at 134 (67 and 67).

With scores of 67 and 67 for a 134, Mike Anderson was fifth.

Following the tournament on Aug. 31, the men’s club hosted its annual putting championship.

“Ken Althoff defeated defending champion Terry Lindsey,” said Vincent.

In closest-to-the-pin competition in round one of the President’s Cup, Gary Rovetto (No. 2; 10 feet), Russ Morris (No. 5; 8 feet, 10 inches and No. 8; 19 feet, 6 inches), Armenta (No. 14; 3 feet, 1 inch) and Gary Campbell (No. 17; 7 feet, 2 inches) pocketed prize money.

During round two closest-to-the-pin play, Althoff (No. 2; 3 feet, 5 inches), Szakal (No. 5; 13 feet, 2 inches), Lindsey (No. 8; 7 feet, 7 inches), Ernst (No. 14; 7 feet, 9 inches) and Larry Smith (No. 17; 7 feet, 9 inches) were winners.

Tomorrow, Sept. 7, the PMGA travels to Silver Creek near Show Low for tournament play.

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