Europe and the United States weren’t playing one another in a Ryder Cup tournament played Oct. 3 at Payson Golf Course.
Rather it was two teams, Black and White, both comprised of members of the Payson Men’s Golf Association, that were locking horns in a tournament designed after the biennial national golf competition that pits USA players against their European counterparts.
In the tournament, holes 1 through 6 were played alternate shot, 7 through 12 were better ball and 13 to 18 was a scramble.
When all was said and done, the Black Team racked up 8.0 points and the White finished at 2.-.
In closest-to-the-pin competition, Terry Lindsey won prize money on two holes. Lindsey was closest on No. 5 at 12 feet, 3 inches and on No. 17 where he was just 1 foot, 5 inches shy of an ace.
Herb Sherman also got into the winning act, pocketing prize money on No. 2 where his tee shot rolled to within 11 feet, 8 inches of the pin. Doug Magnuson won on No. 8 (19 feet, 6 inches) and Don Shepard was closest on No. 14 (3 feet, 4 inches).
For the tournament, Shepard was voted “Best Dressed” by fellow PMGA members.
On Sept. 26 also at Payson Golf Course in a low gross and low net flighted tournament, Tim Ernst was top gun in A flight gross play with a 79. Alex Armenta won the flight’s low net title at 69.
In B flight play, Gary Campbell finished at 85 and won the low gross crown.
In C flight, Ralph Lindo posted an 86 to win low gross play and Ed West took low net honors with a 66.
In closest-to-the-pin competition, Oscar Garcia (No. 2, 7 feet, 2 inches), Dave Rutter (No. 5, 2 feet, 6 inches), Richard Harding (No. 8, 16 feet, 10-1/2 inches), Ernst (No. 14, 12 feet, 5-1/2 inches) and Armenta (No. 17, 8 feet, 2 inches) were winners.