Former Scottsdale Coronado basketball coach Herb Sherman is now basking in one of his finest athletic outings since his 1971-72 Dons team finished 29-9 and fourth in the state.
Playing Aug. 1 in a two-man best-ball tournament at Payson Golf Course, the retired coach managed a second-place finish, pocketed closest-to-the-pin prize money and was named the tournament’s best dressed for his Diamondbacks’ polo shirt and Bermuda shorts described by onlookers as simply “snappy looking.”
In taking second place in A flight, Sherman teamed with Jesse Smith for a 57.
With a 56, Frank Szakal and Mike McKee were first.
Sherman’s closest-to-the-pin win occurred on No. 8 where he launched a tee shot to within 16 feet, 8 inches of the tin cup.
Phil Wagner (No. 5, 10 feet, 4 inches), Ron Fischer (No. 14, 4 feet, 4 inches) and Ron Gyde (No. 17, 2 feet, 4 inches) joined Sherman in raking in closest-to-the-pin prize money.
In B flight of the best-ball shootout, a pair of Eds — West and Kuhns — hooked up for a 59 and top honors.
At 62, Bill Shedd and Gyde were second.
Next on the PMGA agenda is a low gross and low net flight tournament to be played Aug. 15 at PGC.
Following that fray, on Aug. 22 and 29, members will lock horns in the President’s Cup, which is one of six so-called “major tournaments” of the season.
Ed Flores is the President’s Cup defending champion.
The final major is the state championship two-man scramble on Sept. 19.