Members of the Payson Men's and Women's Golf Associations are heating up the links at Payson Golf Course. The men held their first local tournament of the season April 26 with a four-man, two best ball formatted fray.
The PWGA 9-hole group has hosted tournaments each Thursday throughout April. The weekly showdowns for both associations will continue throughout the summer and fall seasons.
In the PMGA tournament, John Pauley, Dick Harding, Russ Morris and Don Gyde hooked up to take first place. The foursome of Don Castleman, Gary Vaplon, Bill Cain and Jack Gibbs was second. John Waring, Ralph Lindo, Jerry McGuire and John Calderwood garnered third place honors. Frank Szakal, Roger Poole, Herb Sherman and Spencer Roth took fourth.
In the closest to the pin competition, Dick Harding came within five feet of an ace on No. 17. On No. 14, Russ Morris pocketed prize money for a tee shot that rolled to within 9 feet, 6 inches of the flag. Other winners were Herb Sherman (No. 2; 10 feet, 7 inches), Tom Dahl (No. 5; 10 feet, 11 inches) and Chris Crumpton (No. 8; 10 feet, 7 inches).
PWGA on a roll
In Lady Niners play on April 27, Linda Teasley won an "even holes one-half handicap" formatted tournament. Isabelle Sockrider and Nancy Little tied for second. Cheryl Bailey was third.
A week earlier in a "fewest putts" tournament, Little emerged victorious with a low of 17 putts. Doris Lemmage (19) was second and Sockrider (20) third.
On April 13, in an "odd holes one-half handicap" links skirmish, Norma Fallers out-dueled the field. Agnes Bowers trailed as runner up. The battle for third was a logjam with Janet Patterson, Lemmage and Sockrider dead knotting.
The Niners tipped off the season April 6 in a low net tournament won by Ardie Poole. Lemmage swung her way to second and Sockrider took third.
In an April awards ceremony, Teasley and Lemmage reaped honors for most chip-ins. Ellarea Davidson and Little won for most birdies.