Tournament action was both hasty and heated last week at Payson Golf Course.
On Aug. 12, 16 players of the Payson Women's Golf Association participated in a low-net shoot out. The following day, players representing men's golf associations from Beaver Creek, Verde Santa Fe and Payson locked horns in an interclub meet.
In the PWGA fray, Alesha Calderwood played her way to the tournament crown carding a 67. Only one stroke behind in second was Joyce Karnes. With a 71, Laura Meyocks was third. Marge Landra posted a 72 to finish fourth.
In the closest-to-the-pin competition, Janice Burns and Joyce Ceyler were victorious. Burns' tee shot on No. 8 rolled to within 8 feet, 8 inches of the flag. Ceyler's lie on No. 14 was to within 8 feet, 4 inches of the pin.
In the PMGA tournament, former Tempe High School football coach John Pauley turned in a huge day. Pauley won the first flight low-gross championship with a 75 and swatted to within 3 feet, 3 inches of an ace on No. 2. Although he couldn't celebrate the much coveted hole-in-one, his tee shot earned him closest-to-the-pin prize money. In the first flight loss-net title chase, Don Castleman (66), Mike Curtis (67) and Dick Harding (68) played their way to 1-2-3 finishes.
In second flight low-gross play, Bud Drummond took the title with a 77. Sandwiched between Frank Karnes' flight winning 67 and a third place 69 turned in by Hugh Templeton, was a 68 from a Beaver Creek representative.
Third flight low-gross honors were garnered by Dick Ceyler with an 86. Armand Werle and Dean Bulkley chalked up identical scores of 67 in the battle for low-net honors. In a scorecard playoff, Werle was named the runner-up and Bulkley fell to third. A Beaver Creek player was third with a 72.
Jack Gibbs carded a 95 to win the low-gross crown in the fourth flight. Low-net honors went to champ Sil Egler (62) and runner-up Tom Eaglesham (69). In third with a 71 was a Beaver Creek member.
In the closest-to-the-pin competition on five par 3 holes, the PMGA took honors on three. In addition to Pauley's win, Mike Curtis was closest on No. 5 (4 feet, 3 inches) and Ceyler closest on No. 8 (3 feet, 9 inches).
Tomorrow (Wednesday) the PMGA members will gather for one of their most prestigious tournaments of the summer season -- the club championship.
PWGA returns to action today in a Jack-and-Jill tournament that will have the members choosing their partners from the ranks of the PMGA.