There is no shortage of red-hot links action for members of Payson's three golf associations.
As evidence, the 18-hole group of the Payson Women's Golf Association battled for a full month in the Arizona State Medallion tournament.
Their counterparts in the nine-hole group, also known as the Lady Niners, recently honored all those who were tournament and closest-to-the-pin winners for the four frays played that month.
On the Payson Men's Golf Association scene, 12 members traveled to Williams for an interclub tournament while the remaining golfers stayed home for a low-gross/low-net shootout at Payson Golf Course.
In the PWGA 18-hole skirmish, Laura Meyocks was the low-gross winner with a score of 164. Posting a 166, Karen Peterson was second.
Claudia Bullard won the low-net title at 132.
"Each winner will receive a medallion and an invitation to the state tournament in December," PWGA member Joyce Goff said.
Also on the ladies' agenda was a low-net eclectic tournament.
"Each week we were able to improve our score hole by hole," Goff said.
In A flight, Shari Cody emerged victorious with a 59. Turning in a 58, Isabella Sockrider won B flight laurels. Mary Jones and Susan Torrens tied for second with a pair of 60s.
Marilyn Schaal took the C flight gold at 57. With a 59, Kay Davis was second.
Jeannie Griffin won the D flight battle at 62.
At the Lady Niners' July recognition luncheon, closest-to-the-pin winners were Carol Webb, Carolyn Davis and Sockrider, who plays for both women's groups. Webb and Sockrider also were cited for birdies they tallied.
In a July 3 fielder's choice tournament, Ann Adams was first, Carol Webb second and Anne Alschuler third.
On July 10, the Niners held a low-net fray that was won by Kelly O'Neill. Sockrider was second and Davis third.
One week later in a best six holes, ? handicap formatted tournament, Davis took home the gold, Carol Webb, Flo Moeur and Mary Quigley tied for the silver.
Davis continued her winning ways on July 24 taking a low-putt competition. O'Neill and Sockrider tied for second. The month wrapped up with a fray in which each golfer was allowed to toss out their worst hole of the round. Adams was first, Alschuler second and Webb third.
Anyone interested in joining the Niners should call Adams at (928) 468-6686.
Among those PMGA members who traveled to Elephant Rock Country Club near Williams, only Bill Shedd pocketed prize money.
He won thanks to a closest-to-the-pin effort on pachyderm boulder's hole No. 3.
"Troy Neal and Terry Lindsey both had low-gross scores of 82 and Jerry McGuire had a low-net of 71, but all finished out of the money," PMGA member Dick Ceyler said.
In the low-gross/low-net tournament for those who didn't travel to Williams, Russ Morris won the gross title in A flight. Also in the flight, Larry Baker and Dean Martinson tied for first with a pair of 66s.
On a scorecard playoff, Baker was proclaimed the gold medalist and Martinson fell to second.
In B flight, Warren Mulcahy posted an 89 to take the low-gross crown. Among the low-net players, Rod Baade (61) was first and Ceyler (67) second.
Closest-to-the-pin winners were Don Gyde, No. 17, 4 feet, 3 inches; Tony Mularski, No. 14, 9 feet, 3 inches and No. 2, 29 feet, 10 inches; Baker, No. 8, 5 feet, 5 inches; and Morris, No. 5, 30 feet, 4 inches.