Payson Golfer On A Roll

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Payson Golf Club


Payson Men’s Golf Association member Mike Anderson is on a roll that would render Phil Mickelson envious.

On Aug. 14 at Payson Golf Course in an ABCD formatted “Poker Tournament,” Anderson teamed up with Alex Armenta, Dick Harding and Popeye Clay to card a 113 and take first place.

In addition to being on the winning team, Anderson pocketed closest-to-the pin money on No. 14, swatting to within 3 feet, 5 inches of an ace.

In July, Anderson swung his way to the A flight championship in a low-net shoot-out.

In another July low-net fray, Anderson finished second in his flight.

With more than two months remaining on the PMGA agenda, Anderson could be on the verge of reaping even more honors.

Also in the Aug. 14 tournament, the foursome of Gary Vaplon, Dan Dorough, Ed Kuhns and Dave Rutter took second at 114.

With a 117, Larry Smith, Mike Eilenfeldt and Jim Dalgleish were third.

Closest-to-the-pin winners in addition to Anderson were Eilenfeldt, No. 2, 13 feet, 3-1/2 inches; Chip Yeomans, No.5, 7 feet, 2 inches; Ed McFall, No. 8, 22 feet, 7-1/2 inches; and Oscar Garcia, No. 17, 11 feet, 10 inches.

PMGA tournament action resumes tomorrow, Aug. 20 at Payson Golf Course.

Aug. 7 competition

The Payson Men’s Golf Association race for the prestigious “Closest to the Pin” season- long championship is heating up.

In the PMGA’s four-man scramble played on Aug. 7 at PGC, Russ Morris pulled off what association spokesman Herb Sherman prefers to call “double dipping” or winning CTP prize money on two holes. Morris’ twin scoop gave him eight on the season and pulls him into second place behind leader Tim Ernst who has 10 wins.

With the season winding down, the race for the crown is too close to call.

Other winners in CTP competition Aug. 7, Oscar Garcia, No. 5, 5 feet, 1 inch; Gary Vaplon, No. 8, 7 feet, 2 inches; and Mike McKee, No. 17, 2 feet, 10 inches.

In scramble A flight play, the teams of Popeye Clay, Doug Talbot, Morris and Garcia took home the crown, carding a 58.

With a 60, the team of Stan Eggen, Mike Elenfeldt, Mike Anderson and Don Gyde was second.

A score of 62 earned Terry Lindsey, Gary Campbell and Steve Vincent third-place honors. The team did not field a fourth player.

Lady Niners celebrate July

While PMGA members were clashing for CTP laurels, the Payson Women’s Golf Association’s Nine-Hole group was doling out awards for July’s play.

On July 4 in a “worst three holes to par — half handicap” formatted tournament, Bette Walgren was first, Nancy O’Rourke second and Brookie Coleman third.

As if that tournament format wasn’t wordy enough, the Lady Niners played July 11 in the even more verbose, “Plant your American flag on course at your handicap. If you shoot below your handicap, bring the flag into the clubhouse” formatted fray.

Whew, that was a mouthful.

In it, Isabella Sockrider was first and Linda Teasley and Lucy Maish tied for second.

Finally on July 18, the Lady Niners played in a tournament whose format didn’t take 10 minutes to describe.

In a lowest putts skirmish, Walgren took top honors and Mary Quigley, Nina Szakal and Valerie Smith tied for second.

On July 25 in a scramble, the foursome of Debbie Vincent, Mary McEvoy, Valerie Smith and Quigley took home the gold with a 39.

In other PWGA July awards, Ann Adams was cited for her chip-ins and Walgren rewarded for her birdies.

Sockrider and Quigley were closest-to-the-pin winners.


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