Playing in a “best three balls of four players” formatted tournament hosted by the Payson Men’s Golf Association, the veteran foursome of Larry Smith, Ken Althoff, Ralph Lindo and John Calderwood rallied to a firstplace finish with a 193.
The tournament was played Sept. 21 at Payson Golf Course.
While the battle for first was clear-cut, the struggles for second and third place ended in a tie with both teams posting identical scores of 195.
PMGA rules dictate ties are broken by scorecard playoffs and in it Phil Wagner, Popeye Clay, Jim Dalgleish and Ed West were awarded second.
The team of Tim Ernst, Troy Neal, Doug Talbert and Ross Robertson fell to third.
In the closest-to-the-pin contests, Chip Yeoman turned in what PMGA member Herb Sherman frequently calls “double dipping,” or winning prize money on two holes.
Yeoman won on No. 2 with a lie of 34 feet, 9 inches and on No. 5 he was closest at 6 feet.
Ernst won on No. 8 at 12 feet, 4 inches and Clay took top honors on No. 14 with an 8 feet, 8 inch effort.
On No. 17, Oscar Garcia’s tee shot that rolled to within 6 feet, 3 inches of the pin earned him prize money.
The golfers return to the PGC links tomorrow, Sept. 28, for a low gross and low net by flights tournament.
On Oct. 5, the PMGA hosts the annual Buck and Doe tournament in which men’s club members partner with those of the Payson Women’s Golf Association.
The 2011 season, which teed of in April, wraps up Nov. 2 with a “horse race, low net” formatted tournament.