An 18-year-old standout on the 2013 Payson High School golf team has won the prestigious Payson Men’s Golf Association Club Championship.
Jeff Kelley claimed the title on July 24 at Payson Golf Course by edging runner-up Jesse Smith 2/1 in the tournament’s match play format.
The first round of the Club Championship was contested July 10 and the second July 17.
In B flight play, Stan Eggens finished on top nipping second-place Lou Manganiello 2/2.
Mike Eilenfeldt won C flight honors beating Ed Bossert 1-up in 19 holes.
In D flight, Lou Crabtree fell to champion Gary Rovetto 4/2.
That match had to be played July 19, because Crabtree wouldn’t be available on July 24 due to his job responsibilities at Payson High School.
In the Red flight finals, Jim Dalgleish upset Ralph Lindo 7/6.
Don Gyde pocketed longest putt prize money.
Jesse Smith (No. 2; 13 feet, 7-1/2 inches), Bossert (No. 5; 8 feet, 5-1/2 inches), Larry Smith (No. 8; 5 feet, 5 inches), Herb Sherman (No. 14; 3 feet, 5 inches) and Oscar Garcia (no. 17; 12 feet, 3 inches) were closest to the pin winners.
Also on July 24 at Payson Golf Course, PMGA members locked horns in a low net formatted tournament.
In A flight, Alex Armenta carded a 62 to take first. Trailing were Larry Smith (62), Terry Lindsey (67) and Tim Ernst (68).
Rovetto’s 64 was tops in B flight.
With a 65, Ed Kuhns was second. Popeye Clay finished at 67 to take third and Sherman was fourth at 72.
PMGA members return to PGC tomorrow, July 31, for a low gross and low net by flight tournament.
The next major tournament on the PMGA agenda will be the combined President’s Cup and Parsons Cup fray set for Aug. 21 and 28.
While the President’s Cup, has been played for decades, the Parsons Cup, named for the owners of Payson Golf Course, was played for the first time two years ago. “The course owner initiated a new tournament to determine the best golfer in the men’s club,” said PMGA tournament chairman Steve Vincent. “There was no handicap adjustment, just scratch gross scoring in two rounds. They (President’s and Parsons Cups) are the two biggest tournaments of the year.”
In the 2011 Parsons Cup, the first ever, Jesse Smith won at 145 with rounds of 74 and 71.