Ladies Memorial Tourney Attracts Best Ball Players

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While the Payson Men's Golf Association was going toe-to-toe in a reverse poker formatted showdown, their counterparts in the women's association locked horns in an annual memorial tournament.

"It was held in memory of our deceased members," PWGA veteran Joyce Goff said.

"We had 22 participants playing in a partner best ball format."

The battle for top honors, which took place May 27 at Payson Golf Course, ended in a tie between the teams of Glenda Cook/Dorothy Meek and Karen Peterson/Shari Cody.

With the dead knot, a sudden death playoff was held.

In it, Peterson and Cody took first and Cook and Meek fell to second.

Goff and Alesha Calderwood, who hosted the 19th hole luncheon, were third. Lois Judd and Isabella Sockrider finished fourth.

Connie Webber won closest-to-the-pin laurels on No. 14 and Peterson was closest on No. 8.

Playing poker

In the PMGA tournament, also at PGC, Larry Smith, Mark Revelle, John Calderwood and Don Gyde played their way to the gold medal with a card of 107.

Finishing at 108, former Payson High School golf star Brandan Kelley teamed with Gary Rovetto, Tony Mularski and Steve Holmes to take second.

Troy Neal, Jerry McGuire, Ed Kuhns and Tony LeGault were third at 110.

Closest to the pin

Neal, who has been red-hot this summer in closest-to-the-pin competition, continued to sizzle by winning on No. 14 with a tee shot that was within 4 feet, 1 inch of an ace.

"This is the second consecutive week that Troy has won this hole's closest to the pin," PMGA member Dick Ceyler said.

Earlier this month, Neal sank a hole-in-one on No. 8.

Other closest-to-the-pin winners in the reverse poker fray were Warren Mulcahy, No. 2, 10 feet, 4 inches; Terry Lindsey, No. 5, 11 feet, 3 inches; Dick Harding, No. 8, 1 foot, 7 inches; and Rovetto, No. 17, 8 feet, 7 inches.

Ceyler explained the somewhat unusual reverse poker format as one in which "team scores are determined by totaling the lowest single net score on par 5 holes, the lowest two net scores on par 4s and the lowest three net scores on par 3s."

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