A Payson Men’s Golf Association ABCD “Best 3-out-of-4” formatted tournament turned into a junkyard dog fight when the top three finishing teams were separated by only one stroke and a chip off was needed to decide the second and third place finishers.
It all took place March 27 at Payson Golf Course where the foursome of Larry Smith, Richard Harding, Jerry McGuire and Sil Egler carded a 188 to narrowly emerge victorious.
The team of Mike Morris, Mike Eilenfeldt, Popeye Clay and Bill Shedd finished one stroke behind at 189, as did the team of Frank Szakal, Ron Fischer, John Calderwood and Jim Livingstone.
With the dead-knot, a chip off held the results of which relegated Morris, Eilenfeldt, Clay and Shedd to second overall.
Szakal, Fischer, Calderwood and Livingstone fell to third.
In closest-to-the-pin competition, Doug Talbot was closest on the day, finishing 2 feet, 6 inches shy of an ace on No. 14.
Ralph Lindo (No. 2; 20 feet, 1 inch), Ed Bossert (No. 8; 4 feet, 4 inches), Terry Lindsey (No. 17; 5 feet, 11 inches), and Eilenfeldt (No. 5; 12 feet, 2 inches) were also closest-to-the-pin winners.
Next up for the PMGA is the annual “Master-Low Net plus Masters Player You Pick” formatted shoot-out April 13 at PGC.
While the tournament title is a bit wordy, scoring is relatively simple. A PMGA player picks a Master’s entrant and that player’s score is added to the PMGA player’s card to determine a winner.
Last year in the PMGA Master’s Tournament, Russ Morris finished first overall after picking Phil Mickelson to win the PGA Master’s Tournament being played that week at Augusta National Golf Club.
Morris carded a low net 68 and that score coupled with Mickelson’s four-round tally of 348 at Augusta propelled him to the top spot.