Only days before the Payson Women's Golf Association Jack-and-Jill tournament was contested July 10, longtime local golfer Dee Orr dubbed it one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the summer season.
Orr's enthusiasm proved well founded when Tuesday's fray turned out to be one of the most hotly contested tournaments played recently on the Payson course.
Only two strokes separated the winning team of Nancy Althoff and Morris Kropf from the runner-up squad of Billie Gibbs and Frank Szakal. Althoff and Kropf finished with a 56; Gibbs and Szakal had a 58.
With a 59, Brenda Baker and Frank Karnes placed third.
A pair of coed teams Laura Meyocks and John Pauley, and Dorothy Back and Bud Drummond tied for fourth with scores of 60.
Even tighter was the race for fifth-place laurels where three teams deadknotted with cards of 61. The squads were Joyce Karnes and Ed Flores, Kay Davis and Bill Overton, and Orr and Ed West.
In closest-to-the-pin contests, Kropf took honors on hole No. 8, where he finished 8 feet, 10 inches away.
Shirley McLean pocketed prize money on No. 17, finishing 25 feet, 6 inches from the flag.
On No. 14, West won with a tee shot that left him 9 feet, 10 inches away.
Later this summer, a similar tournament dubbed the Buck-and-Doe will be hosted by the Payson Men's Golf Association.