Smith's Nine Prove The Best In 'Blind' Format


The members of the Payson Women's Golf Association tackled another of their uniquely formatted tournaments.

Competitors used a "Blind Nine" format in which the members first played 18 holes Aug. 24 at the local course.

According to tournament spokesman Dorothy Back, at a post-tournament gathering the numerals one through 18 "were put in an envelope and nine numbers were drawn. Those nine holes were used to determine the players' score, minus one-half handicap."

Shirley Smith was declared the champion of the A flight with a score of 30.5. Lynn Kools, with a 32, was second in the flight.

Doris Lemmage carded a 33.5 and took B flight laurels over runner-up Nancy Kissenberth (34.5).

In C flight, Cheryl Kennerly turned in a 33 and copped the championship. Tallying 34, Dee Orr was second.

Only days before the fabled blind nine shoot-out, the members of the association met at PGC for a much more traditional "Two Best Balls of Four" formatted tourney.

Carding a 125, the foursome of Joyce Karnes, Lynn Kools, Nancy Kissenberth and Donna Bayo carted away as winners.

In the battle for silver medal honors, a pair of foursomes ended play deadknotted. Shirley Smith, Ginney Barnes, Brenda Baker and Glenda Cook tied the team of Laura Meyocks, Blanche Nyberg, Cherly Kennerly and Dorothy Back. Both teams turned in tallies of 128.

Playing two closest to the pin contests, Joyce Karnes pocketed prize money on the fifth hole and Dorothy Meek on 17.

Karnes finished 39 feet away and Meek hit to within 11 feet of the pin.

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