Members of the Payson Men’s Golf Association have wrapped up the first round of their traditionally hotly contested three-week match play tournament.
The fray began on July 10 and wraps up July 24 with low net finals. All three rounds are being played at Payson Golf Course.
Match play scoring is different from the usual PMGA tournament formats in that golfers compete hole by hole and the golfer who wins the most holes wins the match.
The score of match play is rendered rationally in that the scores tell golfers not how many holes each golfer has won, but how many more holes than his opponent the golfer in the lead has won.
For example, if a golfer has won five holes and his opponent has won four, the score is not shown as 5 to 4, rather 1-up for the leader and 1-down for the opponent.
In A flight round-one play, Oscar Garcia edged Tim Ernst (2/1), Jesse Smith beat Troy Neal (7/6) and Larry Smith topped Terry Lindsey (3/20).
In B Flight, Stan Eggen was a winner over Russ Morris (8/7), Alex Armenta outdid Mike Anderson (3/2), Lou Manganiello downed Dan Dorough (3/2), Jack Prietto ousted Mike McKee (2/1) and Steve Vincent dropped Ed Kuhns (3/1). Ralph Lindo received a bye.
In C flight, Mike Eilenfledt bested Jerry McGuire (7/6), Richard Harding whipped Ed Flores (6/5), Gary Campbell ousted Ron Fischer (4/3) and Jack Greenshield beat Ed Bossert (1 up).
In D flight, longtime local Spanish teacher and humorist extraordinaire Louie Crabtree defeated John Calderwood (2 up), Popeye Clay flexed his biceps over Herb Sherman (1 up), Dan Zertuche thumped Bill Shedd (1 up) and Gary Rovetto slipped past Dave Rutter (5/4).
In Red flight play, Bill Mullins pounded Don Gyde (4/3) and Jim Dalgleish upset Ross Robertson (7/6).
Closest to pin winners included Proietto (No. 2; 23 feet, 3 inches), Ernst (No. 5; 15 feet, 6 inches and No. 14; 6 feet, 6-1/2 inches), Jesse Smith (No. 8; 4 feet, 6 inches) and Shedd (No. 17; 2 feet, 1-1/2 inches).
In the battle for the season-long closest to the pin championship, Ernst has seven wins and Russ Morris has six.
Jesse Smith pocketed longest putt prize money, sinking a 4-foot attempt on No. 9.
Also on the PMGA scene, on Friday, July 5, Bill Mullins scored a hole-in-one on No. 2 at PGC.
PMGA spokesman Herb Sherman is calling the feat “bad timing” saying if Mullins had scored the ace two days earlier, on Wednesday — which is the PMGA Men’s Day, he would have received $100 and $15 in closest to the pin prize money.
As it is, Sherman said, “all he got for his Friday’s effort was an ‘Atta-Boy’ certificate of acknowledgement.”