Popeye Clay was flexing his bulging forearms and tootin’ his corn cob pipe during the playing of an Payson Men’s Golf Association low gross and low net tournament March 23 at Payson Golf Course.
Clay not only took first place in low net scoring with a 64, he also pocketed closest-to-the-pin prize money on No. 17 with a tee shot that was just 3 feet, 2-1/2 inches away from being a hole-in-one.
Olive Oyl and Swee’ Pea, had they been at the tournament, would most likely have been busting with pride over Popeye’s play.
Also in low net action in the tournament, Gary Campbell and Jim Dalgleish both tallied cards of 67 to tie for second.
On a scorecard playoff using the scores from the back nine holes, Campbell took second and Dalgleish fell to third.
In low gross scoring Jesse Smith’s 77 was good enough for top honors. With an 80, Jeff Kelly was second and Stan Eggen took third with an 82.
Eggen was also a closest-to-the-pin winner with a lie of 1 foot, 4-1/2 inches on No. 5.
Dave Herbert (No. 2; 23 feet, 6 inches) and Terry Lindsey (No. 14; 5 feet, 1-3/4 inches) also were winners.
PMGA members return to Payson Golf Course on April 3 in a “Three Clubs Only” formatted low net tournament.