A Payson Men’s Golf Association hosted a “Four Man Select Drive” tournament at Payson Golf Course that turned into one of the most hotly contested frays of the spring season with the top-three foursomes finishing within two strokes of one another.
With a 264, Terry Lindsay, John Calderwood, Herb Sherman and Ralph Lindo took first, narrowly edging the runner-up foursome of Stan Eggan, Ed Bossert, Jim Livingstone and Dave Rutter, who carded a 265.
Just one stroke behind the silver medalists and two strokes in the rearview mirror of the champs was the team of Ken Althoff, Ed Kuhns, Bill Mullins and Don Gyde.
In addition to Althoff being a member of the third-place finishing team, he also pocketed closest-to-the-pin money on No. 8 with a lie of 10 feet.
Jim Dalgleish, No. 2, 19 feet, 7 inches; Larry Smith, No. 5, 2 feet, 6 inches; Dave Rutter, No. 14, 4 feet, 9-1/2 inches; and Gary Rovetto, No. 17, 3 feet, 10 inches; were also closest-to-the-pin winners.
Somewhat ironically, Althoff was the only member of the top three teams to win closest-to-the-pin honors.
In April of 2002, Althoff scored every golfer’s dream chalking up a hole-in-one on PGC’s par 3 No. 2 using a 5 wood. After the rare feat, Althoff called any hole-in-one, including his, “99 percent luck.”
Next up for PMGA members is the annual Match Play tournament that will be played with handicaps over the course of three weeks.
Round 1 is set for tomorrow, May 1, and the second round, which is low net play, will be May 8. The final round is scheduled for May 15.