It took three days of spirited links competition for the Payson Women’s Golf Association 18-hole group to finally crown a club champion.
When all was played and done, Karen Peterson emerged as the club champion and low-gross medalist. Her championship tally was a 250 and a card of 89 was good enough for the low-gross title.
In addition to winning the club and low-gross crowns, Peterson pocketed closest-to-the-pin prize money on three holes over the three days.
Connie Webber garnered the club championship low-net medalist title with a 67.
Also, Joyce Goff took the A flight crown carding a 209. Susan Torrens was second at 237.
In B flight, Alesha Calderwood took the gold with a 212. Mary Cain claimed second by posting a 219.
Closest-to-the-pin winners other than Peterson were Jan Burns and Isabella Sockrider.
Longtime PWGA member Joyce Goff explained the tournament format as one in which “competitors are placed in
flights according to their handicap after the champ is crowned.”
The champion is the player with the lowest gross score over the field.
In flight play, the tournament is scored as low net minus the handicap.
While PWGA members were battling for the club championship, their male counterparts in the PMGA were locked up in an “orange ball plus three-man scramble” formatted tournament. It was played Oct. 1 at Payson Golf Course.
The team of Larry Smith, Herb Sherman, Bill Shedd and Armand Werle played their way to the championship with a 127.
With a 133, the foursome of Phil Wagner, Warren Mulcahy, Dick Ceyler and Morris Kropf was second.
Mike Curtis, Frank Karnes, Roger Poole and Phil Scott finished at 134 and in third place.
Closest-to-the-pin winners included Ross Robertson (No. 2; 7 feet, 6 inches), Gary Vaplon (No. 5; 9 feet, 4 inches), Troy Neal (No. 14; 2 feet, 3 inches), Tom Dahl (18 feet, 9 inches) and Mulcahy (No. 8; 6 feet).