Payson Men’s Golf Association members weren’t singing “Turn out the lights the party’s over,” as Dandy Don once did on Monday Night Football, but they were bemusing the end of a highly successful 2012 season at an awards banquet held Nov. 12 at Diamond Point Shadows.
For it, PMGA member Troy Neal — a former motivational speaker known for his sense of humor — emceed the program replacing association president Steve Vincent who was recuperating from heart surgery in the Valley.
First on the evening’s awards agenda was the naming of the closest-to-the-pin champion that this season turned out to be a tie involving Terry Lindsey and Russ Morris. Both finished the campaign with 11 wins each.
John and Alesha Calderwood took home the Buck and Doe championship award for married couples and Marilyn Schall and Ed Kuhns won for the non-married teams.
PMGA members voted Mike Anderson the most improved golfer. Gary Rovetto was named the putting champion and Jesse Smith crowned the Parson Cup winner.
John Calderwood and Ralph Lindo were recognized for winning the two-man best ball championship fray.
A field of five PMGA members were acknowledged for their first place efforts in club championship match play.
Jesse Smith won the highly competitive championship flight, Frank Szakal was top gun in the first flight and Gary Vaplon took the gold in the second flight. Daniel Zertuche emerged victorious among the third flight players and Don Gyde copped the yellow flight title.
Jack Proietto swept PMGA President’s Cup laurels.
Officers for the 2013 season were elected as part of the evening’s activities. Mike McKee was named president; Jim Dalgleish, vice president; Bill Shedd, secretary; and Terry Lindsey, treasurer. Russ Morris will next year serve as tournament director.
The 2013 season will tee off March 13 at Payson Golf Course with the traditional breakfast and four-man scramble tournament. Membership fees are $52 if paid before Dec. 1, 2012 and $62 after that date. Applications for new members are available at the PGC pro shop.
“All abilities are encouraged to join and enjoy good fellowship on the links,” said PMGA spokesman Herb Sherman.