As many as six representatives from the Arizona Cardinals football team will participate in the Second Annual Partners in Football golf tournament when it tees off at 1 p.m. May 16 on Payson Golf Course.
Exactly who among the team's players, coaches and support personnel will play has not yet been determined, Cardinal officials said.
The tournament was originally slated for May 8, but last week Cardinal officials asked tournament director Jerry David to reschedule it so a greater pool of team representatives would be available.
Last year, Cardinal front office executive Earl Edwards joined the tournament field.
The inaugural 1998 tournament was an immediate success, generating about $1,300 each for both the Payson High School and Central Arizona Youth Football Association programs. Those funds enabled the Payson chapter of CAYFA to field six youth teams last fall, David said.
Payson High football coach Jim Beall said his staff is grateful for the financial support because the money is used to purchase equipment and supplies that might not be available from tight-strapped school athletic budgets.
The success of last year's event has prompted sponsors to plan for an even better tournament next month.
Hole sponsorship fees have been increased which should generate more benefits for the two football programs, David said.
Tournament play this year also will highlight a bevy of prizes and contests that any linkster would be proud to carry off. Among the prizes are awards for longest drives, closest-to-the-pin shots on par-3 holes and a mulligan raffle.
Hole-in-one prizes include $10,000 in cash, a golf trip to Houston, framed artwork, a Seiko watch and Tour Edge golf irons.
The entry fee, for the four-man-scramble is $60 per person. Entrants may make up their own teams or tournament officials will select them, David said. Handicaps and average scores should be considered in making up the teams.
Register now for youth football
Get your children off the street and sign them up now for youth football.
The Payson chapter of the Central Arizona Youth Football Association will hold early registration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday in the lobby of Payson Town Hall. Registration is for players and cheerleaders who wish to participate in the 1999 fall season. Practice begins Aug. 2.
Registration fee is $40 for a single player, $35 for a second player in a family and $30 for a third.
Fees for cheerleaders are $25 for first in a family, $20 for a second and $15 for a third.
After May 1, the registration fees will increase to $50, $45 and $40 for football players.
Cheerleader fees will jump to $35, $30 and $25.
Parents must bring money and birth certificates to the registration.
Youths ages six to eight years who weigh between 45 and 85 pounds, as well as 9-year-olds weighing 45 to 75 pounds, will be placed on a Minor League team.
The Major League teams are made up of ages 9 to 11, weighing 60 to 110 pounds. Also in Majors are 12-year-olds who weigh from 60 to 100 pounds.
Assigned to the Senior League are players 10 to 13 who weigh over 90, but less than 145 pounds. Players who are 14 and weigh less than 134 pounds are also placed on the Senior team.
Call Jerry David at 474-8846 or Eric Santana at 474-1775 for more information.