Bulls Vs. Riders This Weekend

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Former world bull-riding champion Cody Custer and his brother, Jim Bob, both of Wickenburg, will be in town this weekend to participate in the Mazatzal Casino Professional Bull Riders Challenge at the Payson Rodeo Grounds.

In addition to taking their turns riding the animals, the Custer brothers will help stage the event, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday evening.

The Custers operate the Way Out West Rodeo Company which stages several PBR events each year.

Farrel Hoosava, risk manager at the casino and one of the local directors of the challenge, said he expects some of the sport's best riders to participate because of the top dollar prize money.

If you didn't see Payson's first PBR event last year, you might not want to miss this one -- they are quite a treat for rodeo fans.

PBR events are unlike the very largest of rodeos in that they involve only the sport of bull riding; there are no other events. At a regular rodeo, fans might see only about seven or eight bull rides per show. However, in a PBR event, the fans are treated to about two hours of non-stop action.

Tickets, priced at $15, are available at the Mazatzal Casino or Corral West Ranchwear.

In addition to the rodeo competition, there will a dance beginning at 8:30 p.m. both evenings featuring Michael John and the Fire Creek Band. Admission to the dance is $3.

The weirdest
A visitor to our offices of the Payson Roundup last week asked what was the one of the craziest sports stories I had even written. After a few moments of thought, it came to me.

In the fall of 1994, I wrote about a local golfer who was lucky and good enough to swat a hole-in-one at Payson Golf Course.

The only problem was, on the swing he fell and broke his arm in five places. Wow!

What's this?
On the subject of weird happenings in golf, word of a most unusual tournament we've ever heard of arrived early this week.

It seems at the beautiful Superstition Springs Golf Club in Mesa, which is only about an hour's drive, a reverse golf tournament to benefit the Save Joe Foundation will be held at noon, Saturday.

Competitors will tee off from the greens and try to sink putts on the tee box. The club isn't afraid of ruining its immaculately maintained course -- it will be encouraging players to use wedges, drivers or any other clubs to help them tear up the greens before the course closes for a major renovation beginning Monday.

After registration and practice at noon, a putting contest will be held at 1 p.m. The modified four-person scramble begins at 2 p.m. with a shotgun start. Prizes will be awarded for longest drive, closest-to-the-pin shot, longest putt and largest divot.

An entry fee of $75 includes green and cart fee, tee gifts and one raffle ticket into the putting contests.

The Save Joe Foundation was established in honor of former Arizona State University football player Joe Cajic, who has been diagnosed with leukemia and is now fighting for his life. He's also spearheading this national awareness campaign. Money generated at the tournament will be used to finance free community bone marrow tests.

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