Vaplon Dons Match Play Crown

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After a full month of play and four rounds of spirited golf, Sharon Vaplon finally lassoed the elusive Payson Women’s Golf Association match play championship, dallying past runner-up Mary Cain, bronze medalist Isabella Sockrider and fourth-place finisher Mary Jones.

While only four of the original field of 16 players reaped links laurels, PWGA spokesperson Claudia Bullard is convinced members enjoyed the tournament.

“Many of the women commented they enjoyed this type of play because they played more seriously and concentrated more on their personal game,” she said.

Also on the PWGA agenda was a “Jack and Jill” formatted tournament that aligned PWGA members with their Payson Men’s Golf Association counterparts.

Marilyn Schaal and Ed Kuhns hooked up to take honors over the runner-up team of Kelli O’Neill and Ken Althoff.

The battle for the third place wrapped up in a three-way tie between the teams of Ed McFall/Bullard, Joyce Goff/Mike McGee and Vaplon/Terry Lindsey.

Herb Sherman, Ed Flores and Jan Burns were closest-to-the-pin winners.

Monthly closest-to-the-pin winners among PWGA members included Kay Davis, Shari Cody, Judi McFall, Jan Burns, Marilyn Schaal and Bullard, who won twice.

In northern region women’s golf action, the PWGA squad of Karen Peterson, Lois Judd, Susan Torrens, Mary Cain, Joyce Goff, Burns and Bullard finished second overall.

Next up for the PWGA club championship on Oct. 4, 5 and 12.

Also on the agenda for October are the annual turkey shoot, and a buck and doe tournament.

The season wraps up Oct. 26 with a Mad Hatter tournament and luncheon.

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