Pmga Hosts Abcd Team Tourney

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The Payson Men’s Golf Association foursome of Jim Dalgleish, Popeye Clay, Ed Flores and Don Shepard swung to a first-place finish in an “ABCD, Best Three Scores per Hole” formatted tournament played March 28 at Payson Golf Course.

Shepard was on the winning foursome that on March 20 won the PMGA’s first tournament of the 2012 season.

The winning foursome carded a 177 to outdistance the second-place team of Mike McKee, Ed McFall, Bill Mullins and Jack Protio that finished at 187.

With a 193, the team of Larry Smith, Doug Talbot, Dave Rutter and Randy Wood was third.

In closest to the pin competition, Flores was nearest for the day swatting to within 4 feet, 7 1/2 inches of the flag on No. 14.

Shepard won on No. 17 with a tee shot that left him 6 feet, 5 inches from the flag.

Larry Smith pocketed prize money on No. 5 for an effort of 9 feet, 4 inches and John Calderwood was a winner on No. 8 at 11 feet, 3 inches.

Jesse Smith hit to within 12 feet, 7 inches on No. 2 to emerge victorious there.

Noticeably absent from the list of winners was Tim Ernst who last year was the PMGA closest to the pin winner.

At the March 14 tournament, he picked up his first win of the new season finishing closest on No. 8.

The PMGA will host its annual Match Play tournament, one of the association’s major events of the year, over three rounds on May 2, 9 and 15.

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