Mulies and whitetails are usually in hiding about the time the Rim Country’s fall deer season tips off, but last week there were plenty of bucks and does conspicuous at Payson Golf Course during a Payson Men’s Golf Association-hosted tournament.
They were there to play in the PMGA’s annual Buck and Doe tournament in which members of the men’s organization pair up with women counterparts in a couples shoot-out.
In the married couples division, John and Alisha Calderwood played their way to a first-place finish carding a 59.
In the non-married couples division, Ed Kuhns and Maryln Schall posted a 61 to take top honors.
With a 63, the runner-up team of Russ Morris and Mary Jones were hot on the winners’ hooves.
In the closest to the pin competition, Karen Peterson finished with what PMGA member Herb Sherman calls “double dipping” by pocketing prize money on two holes.
She won on No. 5 with a tee shot that was 14 feet, 4 inches shy of the flag. On No. 14, she was 17 feet, 3 inches away.
Peterson is a frequent winner on the Payson Women’s Golf Association circuit, having played her way to first place last May in the President Cup. She also has won five consecutive club championships.
Ralph Lindo and Don Sheppard also were closest to the pin winners in the Buck and Doe shoot-out. Lindo was closest on No. 8 (17 feet, 2 inches) and Sheppard won on No. 17 (11 feet, 4 inches).
Frank and Nina Szakal were voted best-dressed couple at the tournament.
On Oct. 17, PMGA members returned to PGC, sans their female counterparts, to play in a low net turkey shoot.
Among the A flight players, Stan Eggen posted a 69 to finish first. Szakal took second with a 71 and Mike McKee’s 72 was good enough for third.
In B flight, former California high school football coach Gary Campbell and Keith Talley waged the mother of all golf wars before wrapping up dead knotted at 68 each.
In a scorecard playoff using the back nine holes, Keith Talley’s 43 earned him a first-place showing. With a 45, Campbell was relegated to second.
Calderwood finished at 71 and was third in the flight.
In the red flight, Ralph Lindo was first with a 63 and Don Gyde second at 64.
Richard Harding (No. 17; 12 feet, 8 inches), Lindo (No. 14; 13 feet, 3 inches), Garcia (No. 8; 4 feet, 9 inches), Campbell (No. 5; 14 feet, 1 inch) and McKee (No. 2; 27 feet, 10 inches) were closest to the pin money winners.
Garcia was named best dressed in the turkey shoot.