Men's And Women's Golf Fast, Furious Through September


The Payson Women's Golf Association, Payson Men's Golf Association and Women's Niners Club have all hosted tournaments over the past week.

On the women's agenda was the two-day Club Championship tournament. Members say it is one of the most prestigious tournaments of the links campaign.

Played over Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 over 36 holes at Payson Golf Course, Joyce Karnes turned in a 170 to win the low-gross crown.

In flight A low-net scoring, Marge Landra claimed the gold medal with a 138. In flight B, Alesha Calderwood took first with a 141.

Carding a 140, Joyce Goff claimed C flight laurels. Wilma Smith's 147 was good enough for the D flight championship.

At the conclusion of the first day of the tournament, Landra led low-gross scoring with an 85. In low-net play, Blanche Nyberg, Calderwood and Karnes tied for top honors. The trio wrapped up the opening round with identical tallies of 69.

Karnes pocketed closest-to-the-pin prize money on No. 8 where she finished 10 feet, 6 inches shy of the flag. Goff was closest on No. 14 with a shot that left her within 7 feet, 8 inches.

On the second tournament day, only Gerry Quisenberry garnered closest-to-the-pin honors. Her tee shot on No. 17 was 30 feet from tallying an ace.

The men

On the PMGA front, the local club hosted a "yellow ball" foursome tournament Oct. 2.

Longtime PMGA member Bud Drummond admitted the format was confusing but explained it as "a yellow ball was used for a designated player on a designated hole and that score plus the score of the remaining players was tallied in a scramble format."

The overall winners were determined by totals of both yellow ball and scramble players.

Finishing with an overall tally of 146, Troy Neal, Larry Baker, Dean Bulkey and Ross Robertson staked claim to the tournament championship.

The yellow ball winner, with a 77, was the team of Ed West, Tony Mularski and Bob Gardner. Due to a team player not showing up, West, Mularski and Gardner were forced to play as a threesome.

The scramble winners were John Pauley, Roger Poole, Herb Sherman and George Frandsen. The champs carded a 61.9.

Closest-to-the-pin winners included Ralph Lindo (No. 2; 35 feet, 8 inches), Larry Baker (No 5; 22 feet, 5 inches), Frank Karnes (No. 8; 3 feet), Ken Althoff (No. 14; 6 feet) and John Waring (No. 17; 9 feet).

The PMGA returns to action tomorrow (Wednesday) when it travels to Verde Santa Fe in Cottonwood. The clash will represent the final interclub meet of the season.

The Niners

The Payson women's nine-hole group played in four tournaments during the month of September.

Sept. 26, Pam Mitchell won the "change the worst three holes to par and one-half handicap" formatted fray. Joleen Matych was second. Jean Johnson and Joanne Kurchgestner tied for third.

One week earlier, a "low-net, ace wild" tournament ended in a tie between Sue Covert and Rode Devar. Joan Johnson was second and Kurchgestner third.

Sept. 12, Fran Stumpfer and Kurchgestner deadknotted for top honors in a "three clubs and putter" shoot out. Matych was second and Johnson third.

The month got swinging Sept. 5 in a "low-net, closest-to-the-line" fray.

Mary Alice Haitchock won the closest-to-the-line title. Mary Nolan claimed low-net runner-up laurels and Mitchell was the bronze medalist.

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