Pmga Tees Off For 2012 Season

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Members of the Payson Men’s Golf Association are gearing up for another banner season highlighted by spirited competition, a healthy dose of camaraderie and hours of beneficial physical activity.

It all begins at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 14 at Payson Golf Course with the traditional club breakfast followed by a four-man scramble.

Because the meal is being prepared by former Payson High School culinary arts teacher Teri McKee, longtime PMGA member Herb Sherman — a retired high school teacher and basketball coach from Scottsdale — is expecting a scrumptious breakfast.

McKee’s husband, Mike, is a PMGA member.

Those interested in joining the association are welcome to attend the breakfast to learn more about the group and meet the players. Enrollment forms are available in the PGC club shop. The registration fee is $62 per season.

Tournaments are played each Wednesday morning at PGC, weather permitting. Some are interclub tournaments played on courses in Prescott, White Mountains and near Cottonwood.

Sherman’s advice to those considering joining the PMGA is “don’t worry about your ability, just come out and have some fun.”

Last year, more than 80 players were members of the local association.

The season wrapped up in spectacular fashion with Terry Lindsey and Richard Harding etching their names into the record books by becoming the first Payson Men’s Golf Association team to win an Arizona Golf Association Club state championship.

The pair accomplished the rare feat Dec. 12, 2011 in the 14th annual state finals played in cold, blustery conditions at Encanterra Golf Course near Queen Creek.

There, the Payson pair outdueled eight other state qualifying teams in the Sarazan flight, posting a gross 74 on the par 72.

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