Summer Golf Season Winds Down

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The first of four rounds of the Payson Men's Golf Association Club Championship tournament have been made, and four players from each flight are advancing. The second, 18 holes of the gold medal showdown will be played Aug. 10 at Payson Golf Course.

In the championship flight of the tournament's Aug. 3 opening round, a pair of former Tempe High School coaches, Troy Neal and John Pauley, joined John Waring and Frank Szakal as qualifiers.

In first flight, Larry Baker, Roger Poole, Gary Campbell and Dick Harding earned second round berths.

Len Niedens, Bill Cain, Doug Talbot and Gene Howell advance from the second flight.

Third flight qualifiers included Tony Legault, Don Nicholas, Armand Werle and Bobby Bryant.

The fourth flight will send only three players to the second round -- Ross Robertson, Bob Hendrie and Bill McKenna.

A week prior to the opening of the championships, PMGA members locked horns in a "white hat/black hat" formatted tournament.

According to PMGA member Dick Ceyler, the association members were evenly divided into two opposing teams -- black and white.

"The whites won the bragging rights by defeating the blacks 17-8," Ceyler said.

The victorious squad was paced by the teams of Bob Hendrie/Jim Christie, Doug Bailey/Bill Cain and Tony Mularski/Frank Karnes.

"Each of them scored three points," Ceyler said.

PWGA play

Members of the Payson Women's Golf Association met Aug. 2 at Payson Golf Course for a "blind nine" formatted fray.

According to PWGA member Joyce Goff, the nine holes to be scored in the tournament were selected before play began, but not announced until the 19th hole club house gathering where scores were tabulated.

In A class, Lois Judd and Mary Jones tied with identical tallies of 34.5. Isabella Sockrider, a standout with the PWGA nine hole group last summer, took honors in B class with a 36. Jan Burns and Bonny Singer tied for second posting a pair of 37s.

Finishing at 34, Dorothy Meek won the C class crown. Among the D class players, Billie Gibbs was top gun carding a 41.

In the closest-to-the-pin competition, Burns pocketed prize money on No. 5 and Judd picked up the cash on No. 17.

Burns' tee shot rolled to within 20 feet, 8 inches of the pin and Judd was 11 feet shy of an ace.

The PWGA members return to action today (Aug. 9) in the annual President's Cup tournament.

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