Russ Morris dominated Payson Men’s Golf Association tournament play on Aug. 8, finishing first in the low net competition and pocketing closest to the pin prize money on two holes.
In winning low net honors, Morris carded a 65 to outduel second-place finisher John Calderwood who came in at 70.
In closest to the pin competition, Morris won on No. 14 at 15 feet, 2 inches and on No. 17 at 5 feet, 1/2 inch.
“Another double dipper,” said Sherman who uses the term to describe those who win cash on two holes.
Ralph Lindo and Terry Gaden also won closest to the pin honors. Lindo won on No. 5 with a tee shot that rolled to within 7 feet, 2 inches of the flag and Gaden was closest on No. 8 at 36 feet, 2 inches.
In low gross scoring, Larry Smith took top honors, finishing with a 73. With an 89, Mike Anderson was second.
Next up for the PMGA is the President’s Cup and Parsons’ Cup, which are two of the association’s six major tournaments of the summer season. Both begin on Aug. 22 and wrap up on Aug. 29 at PGC.
While the President’s Cup, has been played for decades, the Parsons’ Cup, named for the owners of Payson Golf Course, was played for the first time last year. “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 are the two biggest tournaments of the year.”
In the 2011 Parsons’ Cup, Jesse Smith won at 145 with rounds of 74 and 71. Tim Ernst took second at 151 (73 and 78). In the 2011 President’s Cup battles, Ed Flores won with a final net tally of 126.