Champion Landra Clubs Another Win


As a 30-year member of the Payson Women's Golf Association, Marge Landra has captured her share of links honors.

But never has she had such a run of good fortune as came her way in June.

During the course of just more than 30 days, Landra swung her way to championships in three prestigious tournaments. Her run to glory began in an eclectic tournament contested early in the month. After three weeks of play, she emerged as the A flight crown bearer with a net tally of 57.

Later, in the Arizona Women's Golf Association State Medallion tournament, Landra carded a 162 to win her third such state title and second successive.

The wiley veteran's winning streak continued June 27 at Payson Golf Course when she easily won the low-gross title of the PWGA's weekly tournament finishing with an 83.

Her only comment after the trio of tournament, wins was, "I guess I'm on a roll."

If frequent walking miles were awarded like frequent flyer miles, Landra would have chalked up a fist full; the PWGA champ refuses to ride in a golf cart, choosing instead to walk the course.

In the eclectic tournament which was played in four flights, Laura Meyocks gave Landra her stiffest challenge, finishing as runnerup with a net tally of 60.

In B flight competition, Ruth Overton and Brenda Baker tied for top honors with identical net scores of 59.

Gerry Quisenberry out-dueled Ethel Hull to win the C flight crown. Quisenberry finished with a 55, Hull a 57.

By turning in a net 56, Dee Orr easily won the D flight title over silver medalist Wilma Smith (60).

In the Arizona State Medallion tournament, competition consisted of two best gross and net rounds out of four played.

In winning the low-gross title, Landra carded a 79 and 83.

In the low-net competition, Hull and Quisenberry tied for the championship, each carding a 131. Although both golfers left the course believing they'd settle for the dead knot, a later review of the PWGA rule book revealed they'll have to play off the tie. A date for the 18-hole playoff has not been set.

The low-gross/low-net over the field shoot-out played Tuesday turned into a hotly contested affair with four golfers tying for fifth-place low-gross honors.

Davis, Quisenberry, Etta Nichols and Mary Jones all carded 96s to deadknot in the final standings.

Finishing ahead of the foursome on the score chart were Donna Smid (94), Meyocks (90), Joyce Karnes (88) and Landra.

In low-net scoring, Nichols was crowned champion after finishing with a 65.

Trailing her were Smith (68), Quisenberry (69), Landra (70) Glenda Cook (70), Davis (72) and Hull (72).

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