Payson Women’s Golf Association members can never be accused of losing focus.
In fact, they concentrate so intensely that members spent the entire month of July participating in the annual Medallion Tournament, which is a low gross and low net formatted shoot-out.
“Shari Cody took the lead from day one and held on to capture the low gross title on July 26,” said PWGA member Claudia Bullard.
The low net competition turned seesaw throughout the entire month before, “Earlene Brewer pulled through at the end,” Bullard said.
On the final day of the Medallion Tournament, members also played a “blind draw”-formatted tournament that was won by Jan Burns and Cody. Alesha Calderwood and Lois Judd were second and Karen Peterson and Glenda Cook took home the bronze.
Members also participated last week in an eclectic-formatted tournament in which they were challenged to better their scores on each hole.
Once again, Cody was at the forefront of play winning A flight honors.
Kelli O’Neill took B flight honors and Sharon Vaplon emerged first in the C flight scrap. Earlene Brewer and Kay Davis tied for the D flight title.
In closest-to-the-pin competition, Joyce Goff won two crowns. Other winners were Susan Torrens, Judy McFall, Jan Burns, O’Neill, Brewer and Vaplon.
Also in July, PWGA members traveled to two interclub tournaments — one at Silver Creek near Show Low and the other at Bison near Heber-Overgaard.
On Aug. 9, PWGA members will travel to Snowflake.
Today, Aug. 3, the members hook up with the Payson Men’s Golf Association for the annual Jack and Jill two-person best ball tournament.
PMGA host visiting trio
The PMGA members enter the Jack and Jill fresh from competing in a July 28 interclub tournament at Payson Golf Course against Prescott Country Club, Quailwood and Verde Santa Fe.
As expected, PMGA dominated action mostly because PGC is the locals’ home course advantage. However, Quailwood’s Ken Lincks broke the Payson stranglehold taking home prize money by finishing first in C flight low net play with a 68.
Bill Shedd trailed in the flight with a low net 72. Ralph Lindo won C flight low gross honors at 90.
In A flight, Mike McKee’s 74 earned him low gross honors.
In low net play in the flight, Terry Lindsey (65) was first and Troy Neal (68) took second.
Gary Vaplon posted a low gross 85 to finish first in B flight.
In low net B flight play, Ted Wells (68) was first and Ron Fisher (68) trailed in second.
In D flight low gross competition, Ross Robertson claimed first at 102.
In low net play, Bill McKenna (76) and Jim Livingstone (77) dominated the flight.
Closest-to-the-pin winners were Richard Harding (No. 2; 10 feet, 7 1/2 inches), John Wilson (No. 5; 5 feet, 9 inches), Joey Bayley (No. 14; 2 feet, 8 inches), Bill Mullins (No. 17; 11 feet) and Lindo (No. 8; 1 foot, 10 inches).