Ex-Coach Shines On Links

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Gary Campbell is a darned good football coach who won six “Coach of the Year” honors during his 34-year career at Norco High School in California.

Now retired and living in Payson, Campbell is playing golf with the same enthusiasm he once put into coaching football.

For evidence of his links prowess, look no further than the Payson Men’s Golf Association-hosted “2-man net-blind draw” tournament played May 23 at Payson Golf Course.

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Gary Campbell

In it, Campbell hooked up with Bill Mullins to take first place with a match low card of 133.

Ron Fischer and Gary Vaplon were hot on the heels of the champs, finishing second at 134.

With a 137, Tim Ernst and Dave Rutter were third.

A logjam resulted in the battle for fourth when the team of Terry Lindsey/Ed McFall carded a 138, as did the duos of Ken Althoff/Dick Harding, Phil Wagner/Roger Poole and Jack Proietto/Benny Burns.

In a scorecard playoff, Lindsey and McFall were named fourth-place winners.

In closest-to-the-pin play, Larry Smith was nearest on the day, hitting to within 2 feet, 5 inches of an ace on No. 17.

Don Gyde swatted to within 4 feet, 6 inches of the flag on No. 2.

Russ Morris (14 feet, 4 inches; No. 5), Tim Ernst (6 feet, 3 inches; No. 8) and Proietto (8 feet, 2 inches; No 14) also pocketed prize money.

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