While the Payson Men's Golf Association was battling in its first major tournament of the year, the members of the women's golf group were locked in a blind-nine shootout.
The PMGA two-man, best ball championship was July 7 and 14 at Payson Golf Course. The blind nine was played July 13 also at PGC. According to PWGA member Alesha Calderwood, in the blind-nine format the players chose -- prior to play -- nine holes to be scored. Then, 1/2 of their handicap was used in tabulating the final tallies.
In the PMGA tournament, Jim Dalgleish and Popeye Clay teamed up for a two-day score of 107 that earned them the overall championship.
In the first flight, Roger Poole and Frank Szakal carded a 114 to take first place. In second with a 116 was John Pauley and Tim Ernst. John Waring and Don Castleman posted a 117 and were third.
In the second flight, a trio of teams tied with scores of 115. Using a scorecard playoff, Tony Legault and Jack Gibbs were crowned first-place finishers. Sil Egler and Bob Hendrie fell to second and Gene Howell and Don Gyde took third.
Closest-to-the-pin winners July 2 were Dean Bulkley (No. 2; 12 feet, 1 inch), Ralph Lindo (No. 5; 11 feet, 3 inches), Jack Greenshield (No. 8; 8 feet, 2 inches), Waring (No. 17; 5 feet, 11 inches) and Pauley (No. 14; 8 feet, 2 inches).
The winners July 14 included Tom Castas (No. 14; 6 feet, 2 inches), Jim Furimsky (No. 17; 4 feet, 3 inches), Szakal (No. 2; 22 feet, 5 inches), Bulkley (No. 5; 11 feet, 3 inches) and Poole (No. 14; 6 feet, 2 inches).
Joyce Karnes had a day to write home about winning first place in flight A and closest-to-the-pin prize money on No. 5. She nailed down the flight title with a card of 30.5 that edged runner-up Bonnie Singer who finished at 37.5. Karnes' tee shot on par 3 No. 5 was 21 feet, 9 inches shy of an ace.
In flight B, Mary Jones and Alesha Calderwood tied for second behind first-place finisher Jan Burns.
Jones and Calderwood had a 33 and Burns posted a 32.5. Calderwood also won the closest-to-the-pin competition on No. 17 with a shot that rolled to within 23 feet, 10 inches of the flag.
Blanche Nyberg took flight C honors, outdueling silver medalist Glenda Cook. Nyberg scored a 32 and Cook had a 34.5.
Joyce Goff carded a 34 to win flight D honors. With a 38, Mary Gillilan was second.