The Payson Men’s Golf Association 2012 season teed off March 14 at Payson Golf Course with members locking horns in a four-man scramble that was preceded by a sit-down breakfast prepared by retired Payson High culinary arts teacher Teri McKee.
“It (the breakfast) was excellent,” said PMGA member Herb Sherman.
Playing on a full stomach apparently didn’t hinder the performance of the winning foursome of Jesse Smith, Don Shepard, Mike Eilenfeldt and Keith Talley.
The team finished at 56 to edge the runner-up squad of Tim Ernst, Popeye Clay, Bill Shedd and Randy Wood who posted a 57.
Among the silver medalists, Tim Ernst, last season’s closest to the pin champion, scored his first win of the year swatting to within 7 feet, 1/2 inch on No. 8.
“He’s picking up where he left off,” Sherman said.
The team of Larry Smith, Richard Harding, Russ Morris, Dick Ceyler and Spencer Roth finished third in the standings at 59.
Ken Althoff, Gary Rovetto, John Calderwood and Don Gyde trailed with a 68.
Gary Rovetto finished play with a feat Sherman labels “double dipping” or pocketing closest to the pin prize money on two holes.
Rovetto won on No. 2 with a lie of 11 feet, 4 inches and on No. 5 at 6 feet, 4 inches.
Rick Korth won on No. 14 at 9 feet and Keith Talley hit to within 9 feet, 6 inches of the pin on No. 15.
PMGA members return to Payson Golf Course tomorrow, March 21, for a 2-Man Best Ball tournament in which partners will be selected electronically.
The Match Play tournament, one of the PMGA’s major events of the year, will play over three rounds on May 2, 9 and 16.