The Payson Men's Golf Association played host to one of its most popular, and unusual, tournaments of the summer and fall season Oct. 15 at the local course.
The "Buck and Doe" tournament draws two-person teams into a pair of divisions -- married couples and mixed singles. The fray is played under a best-ball format.
In the married couples division, Frank and Joyce Karnes swung their way to the title with a card of 58. The battle for runner-up turned into a hotly contested affair when three husband-and-wife squads recorded identical scores of 61.
The teams of Harry and Pat Sogan, Jim and Mary Jones and Don and Blanch Nyberg dead-knotted for silver medals.
In the mixed-singles division, John Calderwood and Glenda Cook joined forces to win top honors with a 58. One stroke behind with a 59 was the runner-up duo of Roger Pool and Kay Davis. Finishing at 60, Dean Bukley and Ethel Hull were third.
In addition to her win in the married division, Karnes pocketed closest-to-the-pin prize money on hole 5, where she swatted to 15 feet, 6 inches. Harry Sogan was closest on eight, with an effort that left him only six feet shy of the flag. Other winners were Kay Davis (hole 14; 11 feet, 6 inches) and Jack Gibbs (hole 17; 8 feet, 6 inches).
In Payson Women's Golf Association nine-hole action, the lady niners played their annual club championships the past two weeks under what spokesperson Pam Mitchell said was "beautiful weather conditions."
In addition to being the association spokesperson, Mitchell can now lay claim to being the club champion, having survived the challenge of runner-up Pat Marvell. Rose Deval and Getta Berry tied for third place.