Neal Nips Althoff In Pmga

Payson Men’s Golf Association members vie for match play crown


Veteran golfer Ken Althoff has had his share of golf triumphs, but came up just short of a win in a Payson Men’s Golf Association match play tournament.

Veteran golfer Ken Althoff has had his share of golf triumphs, but came up just short of a win in a Payson Men’s Golf Association match play tournament. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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A pair of Payson Men’s Golf Association longtime stalwarts, Troy Neal and Ken Althoff, locked horns in the A-flight championship round of the group’s annual match play tournament.

When all was said and done in the one-on-one links skirmish played May 16 at Payson Golf Course, Neal claimed victory 6-up/4. Which means in the match play format, the two golfers competed hole by hole and Neal was ahead by six wins with just four holes to play.

Winning is commonplace for the two golfers who are frequent first-place finishers on the PMGA spring and summer circuit.

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Troy Neal, a former high school basketball coach turned cattle rancher, shows the putting form that helped him earn a match play victory May 16 at Payson Golf Course.

Neal traditionally contends for the season-long closest to the pin club championship and last year Althoff won the PMGA putting title by defeating defending champion Terry Lindsey.

In B flight on the match play tournament, Frank Szakal took first over Jack Proietto 1-up on the 19th hole.

Mike Anderson played his way to C flight first-place honors 2-up over runner-up Ed Flores.

In D flight, first-place finisher Bill Shedd edged silver medalist Ralph Lindo 2-up/1.

By a tally of 4-up/3, John Calderwood nipped Dave Rutter in the yellow tee flight.

Also on May 16 at PGC, some members competed in a low net shoot-out.

In A flight, Russ Morris carded a 67 to finish first. Terry Lindsey and Alex Armenta posted identical scores of 68. On a scorecard playoff, Lindsey was second and Armenta fell to third.

With a 71, Jerry McGuire was fourth.

In B Flight, Don Kisseberth’s 67 was good enough for first-place laurels.

In another scorecard playoff, Ross Robertson was second and Ed Quigley took third. Both had scored 69 in regulation play.

John Calderwood finished at 72 and was fourth.

In the closest to the pin shoot-outs, Armenta was closest on the day, swatting to within 3 feet, 3 inches on No. 8.

With a lie of 5 feet, 10 inches, Kisseberth pocketed prize money on No. 14.

Proietto hit to within 8 feet, 5 inches of an ace on No. 2. Anderson won on No. 5 at 16 feet, 11 inches and Benny Burns was a winner on No. 17 at 27 feet, 6 inches.

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