Defending Champs Miss Memorial Skirmish

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There will be no Memorial tournament three-peat for the Payson Women's Golf Association team of Brenda Baker and Alesha Calderwood.

The two-time defending champs were not in the field when the annual Memorial fray was held July 31 at Payson Golf Course.

"Due to unforeseen circumstances they were not able to defend their title," PMGA member Joyce Karnes said. "They are looking to being back in the tournament next year."

The absence of the pair didn't tarnish the luster of the triumph for champions Kay Davis and Sharon Vaplon. The winners carded a 61 in the best-ball formatted tournament.

Hot on the heels of the winning duo was the runner-up team of Judy Neal and Wilma Smith. The two finished just one stroke behind Davis and Vaplon.

In third place with a 63 was the team of Laura Meyocks and Karnes.

In the closest-to-the-pin competition, Dorothy Meek pocketed prize money on both par 3 holes.

On No. 8, her tee shot was 23 feet, 1 inch shy of the flag. Her lie of 19 feet, 5 inches on No. 14 also was a prize money winner.

Next up for the members of the PWGA is an interclub meet today (Tuesday) at Prescott Lakes Country Club.

On Aug. 19, the PWGA will host its annual Jack and Jill tournament.

"That's the one where the ladies invited the men to play," Karnes said.

The tournament will be played in a partner best-ball format.

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