Golfers Play Poker With Hole Scores

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A poker tournament was the name of the game April 2 for members of the Payson Men's Golf Association.

But instead of dealing Texas Hold 'em in a smoke-filled room, the fray took place on the Payson Golf Course.

PMGA member Dick Ceyler explained the poker format as one in which "the team score is determined by the best three out of four individual scores on par 5 holes, in two out of four on par 4 holes and one out of four on par 3 holes."

At the conclusion of the links skirmish, in a 19th hole celebration, the team of Troy Neal, Dean Martinson, Steve Holmes and Bob Hendrie scooped up first-place winnings with a 117.

Posting a 124, Steve Heskett, Warren Mulcahy, Jim Livingston and Phil Scott were second at 124.

Also at 124 but falling to third on a scorecard playoff was the foursome of Gary Campbell, Gary Vaplon, Ed Kuhns and Ross Robertson.

In the closest-to-the-pin competition on No. 5, the members suffered a rare Mother Nature-caused stalemate.

"No player reached the green due to strong head winds," Ceyler said.

On No. 14, Ceyler was able to get into the closest-to-the-pin act winning with a tee shot that left him only 3 feet, 6 1/2 inches shy of the flag. Terry Lindsey scooped up prize money on No. 17 (2 feet, 3 inches) and Russ Morris was closest on No. 2 (11 feet, 7 inches).

Dean Martinson won at No. 8 (7 feet, 10 inches).

PWGA play

Longtime PWGA member Laura Meyocks added another victory to her long list of links accomplishments by winning a fewest putts tournament held April 8.

Meyocks copped the A flight crown with a match-low 31 putts. Lois Judd finished as runner-up in the flight.

In B flight, Joyce Karnes was tops with 31 putts. Judy Neal, Alesha Calderwood and Jan Burns tied for second with 34. Dorothy Meek also tallied 34 putts to win C flight honors.

Judy Neal was closest-to-the-pin on No. 8 (9 feet, 5 inches) and Kay Davis was closest on No. 14 (14 feet, 9 inches).

PWGA spokesman Joyce Goff said the fewest putts format was chosen to "allow our newest members to participate."

The tournament was only the second of the season for the 18-holers.

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