Eric Santana, director of the Second Annual Partners in Football Golf Tournament, has been told that two of the Arizona Cardinal players to be participating in the benefit at Payson Golf Course are kicker Joe Nedney and center Mike Devlin.
Santana says other pro players will be in Payson as well, but Cardinal officials are not certain which ones will appear.
Local football fans might remember Nedney as the kicker who booted a 53-yard field goal to help the Cardinals beat the Detroit Lions 17-15 Nov. 1 in the Silverdome.
In mid-season, Nedney injured his knee and spent the latter portion of the season on the team's injured reserve list.
Devlin is a 6-foot, 2-inch, 318-pound center who played college ball at the University of Iowa.
The golf tournament, sponsored by Payson High and the Central Arizona Youth Football Association, will tee off at 1 p.m., May 16. The entry fee is $60 per person to play in a four-man scramble. Santana and other organizers have lined up hole-in-one prizes, as well as rewards for longest drives and closest-to-the-pin shots on PGC's par three holes. Some of the prizes for an ace include $10,000, a Houston golf trip and Tour Edge golf irons.
All funds derived from the tournament will benefit the CAYFA and Payson High football programs.
Call Santana at 474-1775 for more information.
The Payson husband and wife fishing team of Mark and Zoe Merkel finished third at the BestBet aluminum boat team bass fishing tournament held last weekend at San Carlos Lake. The pair weighed in five bass at 11.27 pounds. Their largest was a 4.37-pounder. The pair earned $350 in prize money. The Merkels fished crankbaits on secondary points inside coves.
As a BASS Masters Classic qualifier, fishing pro Mark Kile, who recently moved to Tonto Basin, is making a name for himself on tournament circuits around the United States.
Most recently, he won the Pro Division of the AllStar Bass Pro-Am Invitational held at Lake Pleasant Saturday. His amateur partner, Levi Shelton of Flagstaff, won the amateur division. The pair weighed a six-fish total of 15.13 pounds. Kile's biggest catch was a 5.30 pounder taken on a tube bait.
Including option money, Kile earned $2,750. As the champion, he also was given a custom-made, limited-edition New England Firearms shotgun.
The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the Mogollon Golf Classic May 24 at Chaparral Pines. The cost per player is $200. Player sign up is on a first-come, first-serve basis to the first 100 players to register.
Sponsors say the Classic will be "an adventure you'll never forget"
The annual tournament is the primary fund raising event for the Chamber.
Call Janet Crane at (520) 474-4515 for more information.