Fall Links Action Heats Up Pgc

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The onset of fall and its cooler temperatures hasn't slowed play for members of three local golf associations.

The Payson Women's Golf Association hooked up with their male counterparts for the annual Buck-and-Doe tournament last week at Payson Golf Course.

Oct. 30, the women's nine-hole group held a Halloween fun day that capped the 2003 season for the Niners.

Following the tournament, in which many of the members played in costumes, the players met for lunch and a business meeting. During the proceedings, Niner president Jane Patterson recognized tournament winners for the month of October. Among those honored were club champion Bobbi Arindas and runner-up Joan Johnson. Patterson finished first in tournaments Oct. 2 and 9.

In an Oct. 16 fray, Connie Gyde was first, Sue Covert second and Dorothy Hardman was third.

Johnson finished first in a low-net tournament Oct. 23. Gyde was second and Patterson third. On the Halloween fun day, Johnson was first, Mary Noland second and Gyde third.

Newly elected officers for the 2004 season are Patterson (president), Mary Alice Haithcock (vice president), Mary Gene Mueller (secretary), Johnson (treasurer) and Gyde (state representative)

No deer here

The annual PMGA sponsored Buck-and-Doe tournament is the answer to the PWGA's Jack-and-Jill fray played earlier this season.

In the Buck-and-Doe affair, PMGA members invite players from the PWGA to be their guests and partners. The Jack-and-Jill format features PWGA members inviting their PMGA counterparts to participate.

In the married couples' flight at Buck-and-Doe, John and Alesha Calderwood played their way to first place with a net tally of 61.

Troy Neal teamed up with his wife, Judy, to finish second with a 61. In addition to staking claim to runner-up honors, the Neals dominated closest-to-the-pin play winning three of the four par 3 holes. Judy was closest on No. 14 (21 feet, 3 inches) and No. 17 (11 feet, 10 inches). Troy pocketed prize money on No. 8 (18 feet 10 inches).

The only hole the pair didn't win was No. 5, where Dean Bulkley swatted to within 22 feet 8 inches of the flag.

In the single couples' flight, Don Castleman and Kay Davis carded a 57 to win top honors. Glenda Cook and Bulkley claimed second with a 62. Just one stroke behind the runners-up was the team off Don Nicholas and Mary Jones.

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