Pfyl wins golf tournament for third time |

Pfyl wins golf tournament for third time

If 82-year-old Frank Pfyl of South Lake Tahoe continues to win the SIRS Memorial Low Net Golf Tournament, he’s afraid his competitors won’t let him back into the 18-hole event.

Pfyl won the tournament for the third straight year Sept. 18 by firing an 82 on the par-66 course. With his 18 handicap, Pfyl’s adjusted score of 64 won the low net title.

“Winning a tournament like that is a great honor because I played against golfers way better than I am,” Pfyl said. “It’s enjoyable to have guys comment that my handicap isn’t right. I can’t beat them on a longer course.”

Pfyl used his brains-over-brawn strategy and local knowledge to beat the younger men in the 45-player field.

“Some of the guys can hit it 300 yards, but they can’t hit it straight. That’s a no-no out there,” said Pfyl, who put most of his tee shots in play.

The tournament started in 1993 in honor of the late Jim Stevenson, who made a habit of teeing off with a 4-iron. In tribute to Stevenson, the champion receives a traveling trophy that contains one of late golfer’s sawed-off 4-irons.

Sig Heidemann posted the lowest score in the field, a 15-over-par 81. Bob Dunn and Don Codeglia won the closest-to-the-pin prizes on the par-3 fifth and 15th holes with shots within 12 and 2 feet, respectively. Barret Stitt and Jim Kehlor shared the title for fewest putts (27).

Past tournament winners have included Gene Dempsey, 60; Nick Nicotera, 58; Nicotera, 58; Stitt, 60; Will Twining, 58; and Pfyl, 58 and 49.

Pfyl has played golf for the past six decades and was an avid skier until a horrific crash three-and-a-half years ago left him with a steel rod in his thigh and a steel ball in his shoulder.

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