Dealer's Choice Format Used By Pwga

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Dealer's choice and interclub tournament play were the names of the games for the Payson Women's and the Payson Men's Golf Associations.

The PWGA met Sept. 4 at Payson Golf Course for the unusual dealer's choice format that member Joyce Goff described as "a fun game."

Goff explained the play as a contest in which "each (of the players) was assigned a suit from a deck of cards and each hole had a suit assigned to it.

"That suit plus another best ball of the foursome was the team net score."

It might have been doubly enjoyable for Goff because she was on the winning team, along with Joyce Karnes, Mary Cain and Glenda Cook. The champs carded a 133.

In second place with a 134 was the foursome of Jan Burns, Isabella Sockrider, Susan Torrens and Marilyn Schaal.

Burns also pocketed closest-to-the-pin prize money on No. 5 where her tee shot rolled to within 7 feet of an ace.

On par 3 No. 17, Shari Cody was closest at 9 feet, 1/2 inch.

Men's interclub play

In PMGA action, the Rim Country team played host Aug. 29 to 67 golfers representing Quailwood Creek, Verde Santa Fe and Beaver Creek golf clubs. The format for the day was individual low gross and low net.

"Apparently familiarity with the golf course was a big factor, as PMGA players came away with 17 of the 24 awards in the four-flight event and three of the four closest-to-the-pin (competitions)," PMGA member Dick Ceyler said.

In A flight, Troy Neal posted a 75, to finish second in the low gross event. In low net, Terry Lindsey was first with a 64 and John Waring second at 68.

In flight B, Payson's only medalist was Jack Greenshield, who was second in the low net competition with a 70.

Dick Harding took home a gold medal in flight C low gross play with a tally of 82.

With an 86, Herb Sherman was second. In the flight's low net shoot out, Gary Rovetto was first at 66.

In flight D battles, the PMGA dominated winning first and second in both low gross and low net play.

In low gross, Jim Dagleish (89) took top honors and John Calderwood (93) was runner-up.

In low net, a card of 64 earned Brian Tollefson a first place finish.

With a 67, Armand Werle was second.

In addition to Payson taking most of the first and second-place honors, the locals shined in the battles for bronze medals.

"We won six of eight third-place finishes," Ceyler said.

The trio of closest-to-the-pin winners from Payson included Russ Morris (No. 2; 13 feet, 2 1/2 inches), Ross Robertson (No. 8; 7 feet, 4 inches) and Frank Szakal (no. 17; 6 feet, 3 inches).

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