Lady Linksters Off And Running With Season Play


Both the nine- and 18-hole groups of the Payson Women's Golf Association have wrapped up a successful first month of play.

The Niners capped the month April 28 with a two ladies best-ball formatted frays that was won by Isabella Sockrider. The veteran linkster is no stranger to the winner's circle having captured several PWGA tournament titles last season.

Trailing Sockrider in the runner-up slot was Agnes Bowers and Mary Gene Mueller who tied for the honors. Doris Lemmage and Sue Covert tied for third.

In a fewest putts tournament April 21, the Lady Niners experienced yet another tie when Bowers and Ardie Poole locked up in first. Covert took second.

In an odd hole, 1/2 handicap fray April 14, Lemmage played her way to first, Sockrider was second and Poole third.

18-hole league

The 18-holers final tournament of the opening month, April 25, was a three-person best ball skirmish. Joyce Karnes, Kay Davis and Jeannie Griffin were first.

Second-place laurels went to the team of Joannie Travis, Sharon Vaplon and Connie Glyde.

Karnes took closet-to-the-pin honors on No. 5 with a shot that rolled to within 19 feet, 5 inches of the pin. On No. 7, Vaplon was champ with a 7-foot lie.

The 18-holers locked horns April 19 in a low-gross and low-net tournament. In low-gross play, Karnes' 92 earned her a first-place medal.

Among the low-netters, Mary Cain won the A division with a card of 70. Alesha Calderwood and Judy Neal tied for the division B championship with 81. In division C, Griffin -- a first-year PWGA member -- finished first with a 78.

Connie Glide finished at 67 to win D battles.

The 2005 season teed off for the PWGA April 12 with a three-person scramble. Kay Davis, Joanne Travis and Blanche Nyberg out played soared to first with a card of 74. Karnes was the lone closest-to-the-pin winner.

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