Payson Women’s Golf Association member Karen Peterson fought off a stiff challenge from Lois Judd to win her fourth consecutive club championship.
“This time she (Peterson) had her work cut out for her in the way of Lois,” said PWGA spokeswoman Claudia Bullard.
“Three strokes separated the club champion from second place (Judd).”
While the women linksters were dueling in club battles, their male counterparts were participating in a “Black and White” tournament played under Ryder Cup format rules and in two-man teams.
Holes 1 to 6 were played best ball, 7 to 12 were alternate shot and 13 to 18 were scramble.
The tournament was played Oct. 17 at Payson Golf Course and was narrowly won, 11-10, by the White team that was trailing 10-8 before rallying for three consecutive points.
On the White team were Jim Livingston and George Frandsen.
Sil Egler and Ward Johnson formed the Black team.
Closest to the pin winners included Steve Holmes (No 2; 27 feet, 10 inches), Richard Harding (No. 5; 5 feet, 9 inches), Mike McKee (No. 8; 6 feet, 9 inches) and Russ Morris (No. 17; 8 feet, 2-1/2 inches).
Troy Neal added another win to his closest to the pin record number of victories (17) swatting to within 24 feet, 7 inches of the flag on No. 14.
That was a fair distance from the hole, and “He couldn’t believe no one could beat his measurement,” said PMGA spokesman Herb Sherman. “But he still took the (prize) money.”
At the conclusion of the first day of play in the PWGA Club Championship, Judd was the low gross medalist and Joyce Goff was low net medalist.
But Peterson played what Bullard calls, “three days of consistent golf, which paid off at the end with her win.”
Over the course of thee days, Judd won low net honors in Flight A and Goff took the Flight B title. Alesha Calderwood won in Flight C.
Susan Torrens and Calderwood pocketed closest to the pin prize money.
On Oct. 19 at Payson Golf Course, PWGA members met for a “Beat the Champ” tournament in which players tried to outscore Peterson.
Bullard contends Peterson might have taken it easy on her fellow golfers as nine women bested the champ.
“But only with net scores,” said Bullard.
Those who came out ahead of Peterson included Jan Burns (70), Goff (72), Bullard (72), Sharon Vaplon (72), Judy McFall, Shari Cody, Jeannie Griffin, Kay Davis and Kelly O’Neill (no scores available).
Judy McFall won both of the closest to the pin contests.
Members gathered again on Oct. 26 at PGC for the annual Mad Hatter day in which players don their finest headgear.
“There were wild hats all over the course,” said Bullard.
For play, each member selected partners and then played modified Ryder Cup rules. The first nine holes were played in a best ball format and the second nine were alternate shots play.
The trio of Connie Webbers, Bullard and Peterson was first.
Kay Davis and Jan Burns took second.
The battle for third wrapped up with a tie between the teams of Shari Cody-Mary Cain and Mary Jones-Griffin.
Following the tournament, members held their annual luncheon and awards ceremony.
During it, Earlene Brewer was named the most improved player of the season.
Peterson was acknowledged for having chalking up the most closest to the pin wins and for scoring an eagle on No. 3 at PGC.
“No one all year even had a birdie on No. 3,” said Bullard.
The PWGA season resumes in March 2011 with a kick-off breakfast.
Interested members are invited to join and can do so by calling Torrens at (623) 512-8421 or Vaplon at (928) 468-8711.