Russ Morris is on a golf streak that would render Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson proud.
His streak began April 4 during the Payson Men’s Golf Association’s annual Master’s Tournament, continued April 11 in a PMGA-hosted tournament in which players were restricted to three clubs and reached three straight successes on April 18 in an individual low gross and low net tournament.
In the Master’s Tournament, Morris finished first overall after picking Phil Mickelson to win the PGA Master’s Tournament being played that week at Augusta National Golf Club.
Morris carded a low net 68 and that score coupled with Mickelson’s four-round tally of 348 at Augusta propelled him to the top spot.
In the three-club tournament, Morris tied Gary Rovetto for low net honors with both finishing a 68.
“They decided on a scorecard (playoff) to break the tie,” said PMGA spokesman Herb Sherman.
In it, Morris took first and Rovetto fell to second.
In the April 11 tournament, Morris swung to A flight low net honors with a 65. He also pocketed closest-to-the-pin prize money on No. 14 where his tee shot came up 5 feet, 3 1/2 inches shy of an ace.
A week later in the low gross-low net tournament, Morris again won closest-to-the-pin money finishing 11 feet, 2 inches away on No. 14.
In the Master’s Tournament at Payson Golf Course, Jim Dalgleish picked Hunter Mahan as his pro and led the standings for the first three rounds before falling to fifth place overall.
Dalgleish, however, shot a 65 which was the best score of the local tournament.
Mahan finished with a 358 at Augusta.
PMGA standout Tim Ernst finished second locally posting a 69 while picking Mickelson to win the pro Master’s.
Terry Lindsey shot a commendable 68 and chose professional Adam Scott of Australia. Scott turned in a 352.
In addition to Morris winning A flight laurels in the three-club tournament, Dalgleish was first in B flight with a 62.
He was also a closest-to-the-pin winner on No. 14 at 4 feet, 3-1/2 inches.
Gary Vaplon was the low gross champ in B flight and Phil Wagner took low gross plaudits in A flight. Vaplon shot an 81 and Wagner turned in a 77.
In low net A flight battles, Oscar Garcia was third. In B flight, Bill Shedd (65) took second and Dave Rutter (67) was third.
Closest-to-the-pin winners included Dick Ceyler (No. 17; 10 feet, 1 inch), Ed Flores (No. 17; 11 feet, 2 inches), and Dalgleish (No. 14; 4 feet, 3-1/2 inches).
In the April 18 tournament, Ernst was first in A flight low gross play, Ron Fischer won in B flight, Mike Anderson claimed C flight honors and Roger Poole swung his way to first place in D flight.
In low net action, Rovetto claimed the gold in B flight, Richard Harding was first among those in C flight play, and Jim Livingstone won the low net battle.
Kevin Bailey (No. 2; 13 feet, 10-1/2 inches), Doug Talbot (No 5; 5 feet, 7 inches), Fischer (No. 8; 6 feet, 1-1/2 inches and Ralph Lindo (No. 17; 3 feet 8 inches) were closest to the pin champions.