Women In Spat; Men Find State Golf Reps


While members of the Payson Women's Golf Association were locked in a "Hate-Em" face-off, their male counterparts in the PMGA scrambled to find representatives for the Arizona Golf Association Two-Man championships.

Before teeing off Sept. 14, the PWGA format allowed the players to circle on their scorecard three holes they wanted to eliminate from their final score. The three holes had to be played, but the remaining 15 holes minus the player's handicap was used for the final tally.

In flight A, Joyce Karnes claimed honors with a 51. Judy Neal finished at 48 and took Flight B honors. Sharon Vaplon (66) outdueled Glenda Cook (49) for the flight C title. Billie Gibbs posted a 49 to win flight D.

In closest-to-the-pin competition, the only winner on the day was Kay Davis who finished 8 feet, 2 inches shy of the flag on No. 14.

In the PMGA Two-Man Scramble State Qualifying Tournament Sept. 15 at PGC, John Waring and Don Castleman advance to state as Payson's low-gross representatives. Gene Howell and Don Nicholas are the local low-net champions.

According to PMGA member Bud Drummond, the state tournament tees off at a Valley course in November. "The date and exact course are not known at this time," he said.

The championship finale will be played in December at Firerock Country Club at Fountain Hills.

In other PMGA play Sept. 15, the team of Benny Burns and Troy Neal hooked up to win first place in the A flight of a scramble tournament.

Trailing the winning duo were Waring/Castleman (55.4), Ed Flores/Gary Vaplon (55.8) and John Pauley/Tim Ernst (58.2).

In B flight, Don Nicholas and Gene Howell paired up to post a 52.4 and claim first place. With a 53.8, Charlie Bruess and Herb Sherman were second. Posting a 56, Jim Furimsky and Doug Talbot took third. Jack Gibbs and Tony LeGault were fourth with a 56.4.

Closest-to-the-pin winners in the Sept. 15 scramble included Jack Greenshield (No. 2; 11 feet, 10 inches), Ralph Lindo (No. 8; 17 feet, 1 inch), Bobby Bryant (No. 14; 5 feet, 9 inches), Jack Greenshield (No. 17; 7 feet, 3 inches) and Bruess (No. 5; 1 foot, 11 inches).

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