Ernst Shoots Way To Pmga Match Play Championship

Alex Armenta kicks up dust on his fairway shot during the final round of the Payson Men’s Golf Association Match Play Championship on June 18 at Payson Golf Course.

Alex Armenta kicks up dust on his fairway shot during the final round of the Payson Men’s Golf Association Match Play Championship on June 18 at Payson Golf Course. |

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Most of the Payson Men’s Golf Association events are single-day tournaments.

But winning a PMGA major takes strong play over multiple weeks.

And Tim Ernst displayed his ability to consistently shoot low scores by winning the A Flight in the PMGA Match Play Major Championship June 4, 11 and 18 at Payson Golf Course. Oscar Garcia placed second.

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A Flight champion Tim Ernst watches a drive.

Kevin Kelley won the B Flight, with Alex Armenta finishing second. Jim Dalgleish claimed the C Flight crown, with Ron Fischer taking runner-up honors.

Herb Sherman won the X Flight ahead of runner-up Mike Eilenfeldt. Dan Dorough prevailed over runner-up Dan Zertuche in the Y Flight and Ross Robertson finished first in the Z Flight ahead of second-place Dennis Schwebs.

In consolation play, Frank Szakal won the B Flight and Don Pollock placed second. Jerry McGuire won the C Flight, with Ralph Lindo finishing second. Richard Harding won the X Flight ahead of runner-up Steve Vincent. Bill McKenna claimed the Z Flight and Ed Kuhns placed second.

Bill Mullins fired a 66 to win the low net A Flight championship on June 18. Gary Campbell and Ken Althoff both carded 67s, with Campbell winning the tiebreaker to finish second. Ross Robertson matched Mullins with a 66 of his own to claim the B Flight crown by one stroke over Ed Quigley.

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Oscar Garcia chips onto the green.

The following are the closest to the pin and longest putt winners for each round.

Round One-June 4

Closest to the pin: No. 2 – Ron Fischer (14 feet 2 inches), No. 5 – Ed Bossert (9-10), No. 8 – Tim Ernst (5-3.5), No. 14 – Jerry Lindsey (4-5.25), No. 17 – Kevin Kelley (5-9). Longest putt: No. 9 – Ed McFall (7-5).

Round Two-June 11

Closest to the pin: No. 2 – Stan Eggen (19-8), No. 5 – Jim Dalgleish (4-10), No. 8 – Lou Mangiello (17-9), No. 14 – Jim Livingstone (6-3), No. 17 – Jessie Smith (8-9). Longest putt: No. 18 – Alex Armenta (9-9).

Round Three-June 18

Closest to the pin: No. 2 – Ralph Lindo (13-7), No. 5 – Larry Smith (5-5), No. 8 – Troy Neal (5-11), No. 14 – Mike Eilenfeldt (9-4), No. 17 – Richard Harding (9-10). Longest putt: No. 18 – Troy Neal (15-4).

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