Bucks And Does Heat Up Payson Golf Course


“Buck and Doe” on the Rim Country sports scene is not a big game hunt, but rather a golf tournament that pairs members of the Payson Men’s Golf Association with their counterparts in the women’s group, the PWGA.

In the format there are two divisions — one for married pairs and another matching unmarried duos.

The most recent of the annual tournaments was played Oct. 15 at Payson Golf Course and featured seven teams in the married division and eight in the mixed division.

Among the married duos, the team of Gary and Sharon Vaplon tallied a net 58 to take first place.

With a 60, Steve and Debbie Vincent were second.

Among the mixed duos, Herb Sherman joined forces with Isabella Sockrider for a card of 58 that was good enough for first place.

Phil Wagner and Mary Jones took second at 61.

With a 62, Larry Smith and Karen Peterson claimed third.

Along with the Buck and Doe tournament, the PMGA held its annual putting championship that was won by Terry Lindsey with a narrow victory over runner-up Steve Vincent.

In closest-to-the-pin competition during the Buck and Doe fray, winners were Earlene Brewer (No. 5; 17 feet, 7 inches), Alex Armenta (No. 8; 6 feet, 4 inches), Alesha Calderwood (No. 14; 15 feet, 1 inch) and Ken Althoff (No. 17; 10 feet, 3 inches).

Cup delayed

Also on the local golf scene, PMGA members wrapped up the President’s Cup Championship that began Sept. 15 with the playing of the first round.

The second round, which originally was to be played a week later, was postponed due to inclement weather and not played until Oct. 14.

In it, Phil Wagner won his first Cup, posting a card of 127 in Flight A.

Also in Flight A, Terry Lindsey was second (137) and Frank Szakal took third (138).

In Flight B, Gary Campbell was first (138), Ron Fisher second (139) and Popeye Clay third (141).

Ed West finished with a very respectable 130 to win C flight laurels. With a 137, Roger Poole claimed the silver medal. Bill Shedd took third at 141.

In closest-to-the-pin competition, Troy Neal continued his red-hot play winning on No. 2 during the first round and on No. 5 during the second round. On No. 2, he was 12 feet, 4 inches shy of an ace and on No. 5, his tee shot rolled to within 10 feet, 11 inches of the pin. His twin triumphs were the 15th and 16th “Ws” of the season — a mark that is believed to be a PMGA record.

Other winners in round one were Ed West (No. 5; 15 feet, 7 inches), Larry Smith (No. 8; 8 feet, 7 inches), Szakal (No. 14; 12 feet, 7 inches) and Lindsey (No. 17; 1 foot, 10 inches).

Victors in round two were Richard Harding (No. 2; 10 feet, 5 inches), Tom Dahl (No. 8; 14 feet, 7 inches), Alex Armenta (No. 14; 8 feet, 3 inches) and Szakal (No. 17; 5 feet, 10 inches).


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