Action is heating up in both the Payson Women's Golf Association 9- and 18-hole groups.
The 18-holers wrapped up the annual Memorial Tournament -- which is played in memory of members who have died -- and have begun their month-long Arizona State Medallion Tournament.
In the May 24 Memorial skirmish at Payson Golf Course, Kay Davis and Sharon Vaplon entered as the defending champions. The pair, however, had to settle for a third-place tie with the team of Joyce Karnes and Judy Neal. Both squads finished with identical scores of 62 in the two-person, best ball format.
With a 60, the team of Mary Cain and Jeannie Griffin claimed the tournament crown.
In addition to being a member of the winning team, Cain pocketed closest-to-the-pin prize money on No. 17 where her tee shot rolled to within 8 feet 7 inches of the flag.
Second-place honors went to Blanche Nyberg and Dorothy Meek. The duo posted a 61.
In the state medallion tournament, which began June 7, Joanne Travis is alone in first place after round one with a low-net 75.
Trailing are Mary Jones (87), Karnes (89), Bonnie Singer (91), Laura Meyocks (95) and Neal (95).
In low-gross scoring, Jones is atop the heap with a 63. Griffin is second at 65 and Meek's 66 is good for third. Singer stands fourth in the standings at 67. Travis and Connie Gyde were also among the leaders with identical scores of 69.
According to Karnes, the competition consists of scoring each player's two best low-gross and low-net rounds.
"Winners are recognized by the Arizona State Women's Golf Association and invited to represent the PWGA in a competition of state medallion winners at the end of the year," Karnes said.
In other PWGA news, members gathered at PGC May 31 for a "most pars or better" formatted tournament in which a single point was awarded for every par or better score.
In flight A, Jones and Cain each earned 15 points to tie for first place. Karnes and Neal finished in a tie for second with 14 points each.
B flight honors went to Gerry Quisenberry with her 15 points. Racking up 12, Glenda Cook was second.
In the third flight, Gyde posted 11 tallies to take first. With eight points each, Meek and Joyce Goff tied for second.
The Lady Niners
In a May 26 "best ball by partners" tournament, Isabella Sockrider and Ardie Pool teamed up for a 49 to claim the gold.
The 56 shot by Doris Lemmage and Sue Covert earned them second-place recognition. Carding a 57, Agnes Bowers and Norma Faller were third.
A week earlier in an individual low-net tournament, Lemmage was first (34), Bowers second (36) and Dorothy Hardman (37) third.
Sockrider won the closest-to-the-pin competition on No. 14 with a lie of 6 feet, 10 inches.
In a May 12 "pick six best holes plus one-half handicap" fray, Sockrider and Joanne Kirchgasser tied for first with a pair of 23.5 marks.
Covert finished at 24 to claim runner-up laurels.
The month opened for the Lady Niners with a May 5 "even holes plus one-half handicap" shoot out.
Sockrider and Kirchgasser (19.5 each) tied for first. Covert was second at 24.