Pwga 2010 Season Starts With A Bang


It’s easy to see that Payson Women’s Golf Association secretary Claudia Bullard is excited about her favorite sport.

“The women are back,” she announced at the onset of the 2010 spring and summer season. “We have started off the season with a bang.”

The links explosion she was referring to included a four-person best ball tournament on April 6, a “greens in regulation” fray on April 12, a shamble-formatted clash April 20 and the month wrapped up April 27 with low net play.

All tournaments were contested at Payson Golf Course.

In the low net skirmish, the team of Karen Peterson, Mary Cain, Isabella Sockrider and Earlene Brewer brought home the gold.

Lois Judd, Judy McFall, Sharon Vaplon and Jeannie Griffin finished as silver medalists.

This season, Vaplon is the PWGA vice president and the chairperson of the social committee.

Also at the low net affair, Judd and Peterson pocketed closest-to-the-pin prize money.

On April 12, Alesha Calderwood swung her way to first, Judy McFall second and Karol Uptain third.

PWGA president Susan Torrens and Jeannie Griffin won closest-to-the-pin laurels.

In the shamble tournament, Cain and Uptain took closest-to-the-pin laurels and a tie for first place highlighted the fray.

On one team were Shari Cody, Vincent and Uptain. The other was comprised of Norma Fallers, Vaplon, Griffin and Bullard.

On April 27, Cody won the A flight battle, Bullard took B flight honors, and Marilyn Schall was top dog in C flight.

Brewer carded the winning score in D flight.

Mary Jones and Peterson were tournament deadeyes, winning the two closest-to-the-pin contests.

Next up for the PWGA members is the Chaparral Pines Invitational May 12 to May 14 and the annual Memorial Tournament on May 25 at PGC. On May 27, members will compete in the Rally for the Cure at Chaparral Pines.

Fair tomorrow at GVP

The 15th Annual Payson Wildlife Fair is expected to draw hundreds to Green Valley Park when it is held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., tomorrow, May 8.

The fair will offer a myriad of free activities including fishing and outdoor games.

Also participating will be the usual array of conservation groups

offering up-close and personal looks at all types of wildlife including birds of prey, snakes, Gila monsters and alligators.

Food includes hamburgers and hot dogs cooked up by members of the Mogollon Sporting Association.

The fair is a cooperative effort of the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Mogollon Sporting Association, U.S. Forest Service and the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.

For the event, fishing opportunities will be greatly enhanced by a stocking of trout that will be twice the amount usually placed in the lake.

It is especially popular among the younger set, who enjoy the free fishing, angling lessons, children’s games and the fascinating glimpses of wildlife.

Trout Unlimited banquet

Gila Trout Chapter #530 of Trout Unlimited is having its first fund-raising banquet Saturday, May 8 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino. The cost is $35 in advance and $40 at the door. To get a ticket, call Dorothy at (928) 472-7396 or e-mail

Cocktails, from a cash bar, will be served starting at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. There will be raffles and auctions.

The evening’s guest speaker will be Jim Burl of, a professional guide from Oregon, specializing in the Deschutes and McKenzie rivers.

All proceeds will benefit habitat restoration on streams under the Mogollon Rim and the East Verde River, and continuing the Trout in the Classroom project at area schools.


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