Club battles have been profuse and frenzied on the fairways and greens of Payson Golf Course.
The Payson Men's Golf Association participated in a two-man alternate shot tournament May 5 and a four-man scramble a week earlier.
The Payson Women's Golf Association locked horns in an odd or even holes skirmish May 4. For members of the PWGA nine-hole group, the season-opening schedule featured four tournaments.
The most celebrated accomplishment during the stints of tournament play was turned in by former Tempe High School golf and football coach John Pauley. On hole No. 17 while participating in the PMGA's alternate shot clash, Pauley swatted a hole-in-one.
"I hit it high and straight and it hit about six inches in front of the hole," he said. "Then it rolled in."
The feat was Pauley's third hole-in-one of his career.
The ace earned him closest-to-the-pin prize money and plenty of good-natured ribbing from his fellow PMGA members.
A week prior to the hole-in-one, Pauley's tee shot on No. 14 rolled to within 10 feet, 11 inches of the flag. Like the ace, it was worth closest-to-the-pin prize money.
In the alternate shot tournament, Larry Baker and Bud Drummond won the first flight gold medal with a net score of 60.5. Trailing in second were Mike Curtis and Jim Dalgleish with 61. Posting a 62, John Waring and Don Castleman took third.
In the second flight, Dick Harding and Armand Werle, with 60.5, claimed top honors. Ed West and Jim Furimsky (61.5) were second and Ralph Lindo and John Calderwood (63.5) third.
Tony Mularski and Bob Hendrie posted a 57 to win third flight laurels.
Pete Foster and Jim McCutcheon (59.5) corralled the silver medal. Jim Rhoades and Gene Howell (60.5) were third.
Closest-to-the-pin winners included Popeye Clay (No. 2; 16 feet, 5 inches), Don Nicholas (No. 5; 2 feet, 10 inches), Ed West (No. 8; 12 feet, 2 inches) and Ralph Lindo (No. 14; 2 feet, 5 inches).
In a four-man scramble contested April 28, Charley Bruess and Dick McNatt hooked up with Pauley and Werle to win first place with a score of 53.9.
The three-man team of John Waring, Doug Talbot and Bob Pearson teamed for a 54.1 and a second-place showing.
According to PMGA member Bud Drummond, some three-man teams were allowed in the tournament but their scores were adjusted to equal a four-person tally.
In third place, another former Tempe High School coach was hitting the ball well. Troy Neal, who coached basketball for the Buffaloes, teamed with Warren Mulcahy and Tony Mularski, for third place (54.5).
Morris Krophf, Jack Gibbs, Harding and Dalgleish were fourth (55).
Closest-to-the-pin winners were Syd Gee (No. 2; 11 feet, 3 inches), Harry Sogan (No. 5; 5 feet, 3 inches), Bob Pearson (No. 8; 11 feet) and Dean Bulkey (No. 17; 7 feet)
A dead knot
Longtime PWGA rivals Laura Meyocks and Marge Landra shared flight A honors in the odd or even formatted 18-hole tournament. The pair carded identical tallies of 33.5.
In addition to tying for first, Landra finished as closest-to-the-pin champion on No. 5 with a shot that was 22 feet, 7 inches from the hole.
Kay Davis' tee shot on No. 17 rolled to within 6 feet, 3 inches of an ace and helped her nab a first-place flight B showing. Davis finished at 35. Trailing were Alesha Calderwood (36) and Nancy Kisseberth (37.5), Blanch Nyberg (35.5) out-dueled Glenda Cook (38) for the flight C gold medal.
Ethel Hull (38) won flight D.
Lady Niners' laud winners
PWGA nine-hole club president Jane Patterson announced the month's tournament winners at an April 29 meeting held at the Crosswinds restaurant.
Joan Johnson and Isabella Sockrider joined forces to win first place in a two-person best ball played earlier that day. Doris Lemmage and Connie Gyde were second. Mary Noland and Bobbi Arendas swung their way to the bronze medal.
A week earlier in a low-net showdown, Norma Fallers, Gyde and Patterson tied for first.
On April 15 in a fewest putts formatted fray, Johnson claimed the gold-medal over Mary Gene Muller and Patterson who tied for second.
The Lady Niners met April 8 in a "score only the odd holes" shoot-out that was won by Patterson. Fallers was second and Johnson third.
The spring season opened April 1 with a low-net tournament won by Fallers, Patterson claimed second and Gyde turned in a third-place effort.