Jessie Smith is probably listing starboard as he walks Payson this week.
The tilt is due to the heavy bundle of change he’s carrying in his right side pocket. The loot was won Nov. 6 at a Payson Men’s Golf Association low-net turkey shoot formatted tournament in which Smith pocketed closest-to-the-pin prize money on holes 5 and 6.
On No. 5, his tee shot rolled to within 3 feet, 10 inches of the flag. But it was on No. 8 that Smith enjoyed the biggest thrill of the day. There, he came within 1 foot, 8 inches of scoring an ace.
The shot was also closest-to-the-pin among the five par-3 holes that the contests were held.
Gary Rovetto won on No. 17 with a lie of 9 feet, 7 inches. Mike Curtis hit within 10 feet, 2 inches of No. 14 to win there.
Ross Morris was within 16 feet, 7 inches of the No. 2 cup to take top honors.
In the turkey shoot, which was in its third and final round, Frank Szakal and Terry Lindsey tied for top honors in the first flight.
In a scorecard playoff, Lindsey was named the winner and Szakal fell to second.
With a 68, Larry Baker was third.
In the second flight, Dick Harding posted a 69 to take first. Trailing were runner-up Tom Dahl with a 70 and bronze medalist Herb Sherman who posted a 72.
Bill McKenna took the gold in the third flight with a 64.
Carding a 66, Ron Baade was second. Third went to Doug Bailey at 71.
The Lady Niners
In Payson Women’s Golf Association nine-hole action, members held a day of play and awards luncheon on Oct. 30.
At the luncheon, Isabella Sockrider was named the club champion for the second consecutive year. Joanne Kirchgassner finished as runner-up and Carolyn Davis was third.
Members selected Mary Quigley the most improved player this season.
“Those winning the games played weekly in October were also recognized,” said Lady Niner Ann Adams. “The golfer with the lowest number of putts for the day was Isabella.”
Adams was second and Kelly O’Neill and Ellerea Davison tied for third.
In an Oct. 16 tournament, Quigley, Adams and Sockrider swept the field finishing one, two, three.
During an Oct. 30 tournament, in which golfers could tee up anywhere on the course, Sockrider again won out dueling Kirchgassner and Adams who tied for the silver medal.
Anita Dekowski and Quigley were cited for closest-to-the-pin honors in the links fray.
PWGA members also honored Norma Fallers, Dekowski, Davison and Sockrider for birdies they scored during the month’s play.
Fallers and Sockrider had two each. Dekowski carded one.