With Rim country weather heating up to 90-degree temperatures, members of the Payson Men's Golf Association have turned their attention to poker. But rather than playing the game at the traditional table, the linksters are contesting it on the course.
According to PMGA member John Calderwood, the game is played in foursomes with each team composed of one player each from A,B,C and D classifications.
In scoring, the one best ball on the par 5 holes is counted. On par 4s, two best balls are scored and on par 3 holes, the three best balls count on the final card.
Following 18 holes of poker play April 26, the team of Don Castleman, Jim Jones, Jim Furimsky and Tom Fox captured the tournament crown finishing with a 100.
Carding a 110, John Pauley, Tony Mularski, Chuck Walker and George Frandsen finished as runners-up.
Dick Harding, Tom Harris, Jack Gibbs and Bobby Bryant (112) were third.
Posting a 114, the blind-draw foursome of Ed West, Hugh Templeton, Norm Boeitcher and Pauley were fourth.
Best effort of the day in the closest-to-the-pin competition was turned in by Armand Werle on the 132-yard 14th hole. There, he finished just 3 feet, 1 inch from the pin.
Troy Neal was on target on the 135-yard 17th hole, swatting to within 4 feet, 9 inches of the flag.
Other winners were Bob Schmidt (138 yard, #5; 8 feet, 9 inches) and Harvey Baker (150-yard, #8; 7 feet, 10 inches).
Mixin' it up
In other golf action Friday afternoon, the members of both the local men's and women's associations hooked up for a "one, two three" formatted tournament in which the one best ball was counted on hole one, two best balls on hole three and the three best on the third hole.
"The scoring continued 1-2-3 throughout all 18 holes," Calderwood said.
The highlight of the links competition turned out to be the battle for runner-up honors. A trio of foursomes carded identical tallies of 119 and a scorecard playoff had to be played to determine second through fourth places.
The team of Ken Althoff, Jack Gibbs, Donna Bayo and Lynn Kools was eventually awarded silver-medal accolades.
Third-place honors went to Frank Szakal, Bob Schmidt, Nancy Althoff and Ruth Overton.
The foursome of Jim Jones, Roger Poole, Brenda Baker and Dorothy Meek fell to fourth in the playoff.
Top-honors on the day were garnered by Bill Overton, Frank Karnes, Dorothy Back and Kay Davis.
Closest-to-the-pin winners included Jim Jones (#17; 5 feet), Joyce Karnes (#8; 11 feet, 7 inches), Etta Nichols (#14; 13 feet, 1 inch) and Bill Nilsen (#5; 14 feet, 9 inches).