Garcia Sets The Pmga Standard

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Payson Men’s Golf Association member Oscar Garcia turned in the group’s best showing in an individual low net tournament, winning first place in A flight and pocketing closest to the pin money on No. 8 at Payson Golf Course.

In finishing first in the May 9 tournament, Garcia carded a tournament low 63.

His winning closest to the pin shot was just 3 feet, 4 inches shy of an ace.

Also in A flight, Ron Fisher was second with a 67 and Larry Smith posted a 71 to take third.

In B flight, Dave Rutter turned in a 65 and took first, outdueling runner-up Roger Poole and Bill Mullins. Poole finished at 66 and Mullins had a 71.

Closest to the pin winners included Jesse Smith (No. 2; 30 feet and No. 14; 3 feet, 9 inches), Bill Shedd (No. 5; 10 feet, 4 inches) and former Scottsdale Coronado basketball coach Herb Sherman (No. 17; 3 feet, 9 inches).

In a Saturday tournament for PMGA members who cannot make the traditional Wednesday morning frays, Jesse Smith teamed up with Virgil Cly for a net 58 and first place in a two-man best ball formatted event.

Russ Morris and Phil Wager were second with a net 59.

Posting a 61, Frank Szakal and Rick Korth were third.

Russ Morris was a closest to the pin winner on two holes — a feat Sherman refers to as “double dipping.”

One of his double dips was almost an ace. It occurred on No. 8 where Morris’ tee shot rolled to within one foot of the hole.

On No. 14, his lie of 6 feet, 11 inches wasn’t nearly as close but was good enough to earn him prize money.

Mike Eilenfeldt (No. 2; 11 feet, 3 inches), John Calderwood (No 5; 5 feet, 9 inches) and Dave Herbert (No. 17; 1 foot, 6 inches) were also closest to the pin winners.

On April 25 at PGC, members gathered for a “team select drive” formatted shoot-out that was won by Terry Lindsey, Bill Shedd, Steve Vincent, Benny Burns and Mike Eilenfeldt.

The team finished with a 246.

With a 254, Tim Ernst, Jack Proetio, Randy Wood and Sherman were second.

Don Shepard, Ed Flores, Roger Poole and Spenser Roth posted a 257 and took home the bronze.

Trailing the field with a 280 was the foursome of Terry Gaden, Jack Greenshield, Pope Clay and Morris.

Doug Magnuson added his name to Sherwood’s list of double dippers, winning closest to the pin laurels on No. 5 and No. 8. On five, he was 9 feet, 9 inches away and on No. 8 he was 10 feet, 10 inches shy of the flag.

Doug Talbot (No. 14; 8 feet, 11 inches), Ralph Lindo (No. 17; 8 feet, 2 1/2 inches) and Eilenfeldt (No. 2; 9 feet, 9 inches) also won closest to the pin prize money.

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