The Payson Men’s Golf Association has over the decades hosted many uniquely formatted tournaments that have tested the skills, problem solving abilities and creativity of its members.
But a “Step Back Scramble” played May 30 at Payson Golf Course might have been one of the most unique.
PMGA member Herb Sherman described the format as, “After each shot, whoever is chosen ‘steps back’ and the other three shoot the next shot.”
Let’s go to another source, the Internet, to learn even more.
On meetingsnet.com, the format is explained as:
“All four players hit a drive. The team decides which drive they want to use, but the person who hit that drive cannot hit the next shot. For example, if the team decides to use the A player’s drive, then the A player cannot hit the next shot… the other three members of the team (B, C and D) each hit a shot from there.
“If the second shot used was hit by the C player, then the C player cannot hit the next shot, but the rest of the team (A, B and D) can hit the third shot.
“This continues until the ball is in the hole.”
Players who have participated in such tournaments say the fun part about a step-back scramble is that it makes you think about which shot you want to use based on who is eligible to hit the following shot.
Okay, now that we have the definition out of the way, lets go back to the PMGA’s tournament that was won by the foursome of Terry Lindsey, Louis Crabtree, Jerry McGuire and John Calderwood with a 64.
Carding a 65, Russ Morris, Steve Vincent, Mike Anderson and Jim Livingston were second.
In third on a scorecard playoff with a 65 was the foursome of Jack Proietto, Mike Eilenfeldt, Bill Shedd and Randy Wood.
Crabtree, in addition to being on the winning team, pocketed closest to the pin money on No. 17 with a tee shot that was 4 feet, 8 inches shy of an ace.
As a half-time Payson High School Spanish teacher, Crabtree says the prize money was a much-welcomed monetary benefit.
Ron Fischer was closest on the day, finishing 2 feet, 1 inch away on No. 8. Terry Lindsey (No. 2; 25 feet, 2 inches), Oscar Garcia (No. 5; 9 feet, 5 inches) and Mike McKee (No. 14; 7 feet, 1 inch) were also winners.
In a tournament best-dressed contest, Garcia and Sherman were co-winners.