Roger Poole is saying goodbye to the Payson Men’s Golf Association after more than 25 years of membership.
“He’s leaving to go back to the Valley to be nearer his family,” said PMGA spokesman Herb Sherman.
Poole bid adieu to his longtime golfing buddies Aug. 15 following an ABCD Best 3-of-4 formatted tournament played at Payson Golf Course.
If life on the PMGA circuit were a drama-infused movie, Poole would have gone out in a blaze of glory winning tournament honors.
But alas, Poole’s exit didn’t turn out to be akin to a picture show — he was not a member of the top three finishing teams and was shut out in his bid to be a closest to the pin winner.
He was, however, voted “best dressed” among those participating.
The foursome of Phil Wagner, Steve Vincent, Bill Shedd and Ed Kuhns took top honors, carding a 190.
But the win turned into a junk yard dogfight that had to be settled on a scorecard playoff using the back nine net scores.
The team of Frank Szakal, Richard Harding, Alex Armenta, Benny Burns and Sherman tied the winning team with an identical score of 190. The four, however, were relegated to second place when their back nine card came up short of that compiled by Wagner, Vincent, Shedd and Kuhns.
With a 194, Oscar Garcia, Ron Fisher, Popeye Clay and Ed West finished third.
In the battle for closest to the pin prize money, Vincent was nearest on the day hitting to within 7 feet, 2 inches of an ace on No. 17.
Mike Anderson (No. 2; 12 feet, 6 1/2 inches), Larry Smith (No. 5; 10 feet, 2 inches), Ken Althoff (No. 14; 14 feet, 1 inch) and Garcia (No. 8; 9 feet, 7 inches) also pocketed closest to the pin winnings.
Although Russ Morris wasn’t a winner, he currently leads all PMGA members with six closest to the pin wins this season.
PMGA members will return to PGC tomorrow, Aug. 29, for the final round of the two-week long President’s Cup and Parson’s Cup.
The Parson’s cup is named after the owner of PGC and features a tournament in which there is no handicap adjustment, just scratch gross scoring.
PMGA tournament chairman Steve Vincent said, “the course owner initiated the new tournament (last year) to determine the best golfer in the men’s club.”
On Sept. 5, men’s golf action switches to Silver Creek Golf Course near Show Low because the PGC greens will be undergoing renovations.