Spring In The Air For 3 Local Golf Associations

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May action teed off on a spring high for members of three local golf associations.

The Payson Men's Golf Association, the Payson Women's Golf Association 18-hole group and the Lady Niners all recently celebrated the warm weather at Payson Golf Course in competitive tournaments.

In PMGA play on May 2, members met in an "individual low net point par" tournament.

"A double eagle was worth four points, an eagle three, birdie two and par carried a value of one," PMGA member Dick Ceyler said.

No points were awarded for over-par scores.

In the first flight, Terry Lindsey finished with 25 points to take first place. Trailing Lindsey were Troy Neal and Ed Flores, with 23 each. On a scorecard playoff, Neal was awarded second and Flores fell to third.

A second scorecard playoff was needed in the second flight after Herb Sherman and Popeye Clay finished with 28 points each. Sherman eventually claimed first and Clay took second. With 26 points, Tony Mularski got the bronze.

Scorecard playoffs were needed in the third flight when Tony LeGault and John Calderwood tied for second. Both carded 24 points. LeGault won the playoff to take the silver and Calderwood settled for third.

With 26 points, Don Nicholas avoided the playoff logjam and finished first.

In a low gross/low net contest on April 25, first-place low net winners were Terry Lindsey (first flight; 63), Don Kissebreth (second flight; 65) and Calderwood (third flight; 64).

Silver medalists were Ken Althoff (first flight; 64), Ed Kuhns (second flight; 65) and Al Lyons (third flight; 66).

Third-place finishers were Gary Campbell (first flight; 68), Mularski (second flight; 67) and Ward Johnson (third flight; 69).

In the tournament's closest-to-the-pin competition, Al Lyons came up just short of an ace on No. 14, where his tee shot rolled to within 2 feet, 9 inches of the flag.

On No. 5, LeGault pocketed prize money, with an effort of 5 feet, 9 inches.

Other winners were Dean Martinson (No. 8; 8 feet, 6 inches), Frank Karnes (No 2; 10 feet, 6 inches) and Mike Curtis (No. 17; 15 feet, 1 inch).

May Day for PWGA

Rather than spending the morning celebrating around a maypole, members of the 18-hole group met in a "3-man, 2-best-ball" shoot-out.

When the dust had settled, Shari Cody, Isabella Sockrider and Kay Davis took first with a 131.

In addition to Cody and Sockrider hooking up on the winning team, the two won closest-to-the-pin laurels.

Sockrider was nearest on No. 5 at 26 feet, 3 inches. Cody edged a group of contenders on No. 17, with a lie of 5 feet, 6 inches.

In the battle for the tournament's silver medal, Karen Peterson, Mary Cain and Sharon Vaplon won with a 133.

A week before the May Day event, members met in a Mutt-and-Jeff tournament in which only par 5 and par 3 holes were scored.

"One-half handicaps were also counted," PWGA member Joyce Goff said.

"Winners in the A, B, C and D classes were Karen Peterson (30), Joyce Karns (32.5), Alesha Calderwood (30)." Dorothy Meek and Ethel Azakariason tied for D honors at 36.5.

Second-place honors were taken in each alphabetical class by Lois Judd (35.5), Sockrider (33.5). Susan Torrens (30.5) and Vapon (30.5).

Torrens was also closest to the pin on No. 14 at 11 feet, 9 inches.

Laura Meyocks, who has won about every PWGA tournament ever played, was closest on No. 8 at 2 feet, 9 inches.

PWGA members now are focusing on May 22 when the annual Memorial Tournament will be played in honor of all deceased members. The format will be two-man, best ball and members may choose their partners. A 19th-hole luncheon will be held at the home of Calderwood.

Niners wrap up April, tee off into May

The PWGA Nine-Hole group wrapped up April with an "even holes, half-handicap" tournament at PGC. Ann Adams was first and Jane Patterson and Doris Lemmage tied for second.

In an April 19th "fewest putts" tournament, Mary Johnson swung her way to first over silver medalist, Carol Omoto and third-place finisher, Carol Webb.

In an "odd holes, half-handicap" tournament played a week earlier, Jane Patterson was first. In winning, she out-dueled Sockrider, who was three strokes off the pace.

Norma Fallers took third.

In the Niners' first outing of April, Mary Gene Mueller and Sockrider tied for first in low-net competition. Ellerea Davidson and Johnson tied for third.

The Niners honored five players for carding birdies during the month of April -- Johnson (No. 14), Webb (No 15), Sockrider (No. 15), Lemmage (No. 17) and Linda Teasley (No. 17).

For more information about the Lady Niners or to join the group, call Anita at (928) 474-3444.

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