by Max Foster
roundup staff reporter
Proceeds from Pioneer Title Agency's Fifth Annual Benefit Golf tournament have not been tabulated, but event organizers expect a handsome sum to soon be delivered to the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity.
The tournament is held each year to benefit PAHH in its mission to build affordable housing for qualified Rim country residents.
This year's tournament, played Saturday at Payson Golf Course, drew 116 golfers who played in 29 foursomes. According to PAHH office manager Judy Berger, about 20 of the players drove from Phoenix to participate in the Rim country tournament.
At the conclusion of the tournament, the team of Greg Kotsakis, Chip Goodson, Tom Evans and Adam Andrews were awarded the first-place trophy, donated by Action Trophy.
In second place was a foursome headed by Joe Prock. Due to last minute replacements on Prock's team, the remainder of his foursome was unknown.
Third-place honors were gathered by Perry Overstreet, Mike Overstreet, Steve Goss and Ken Kemppainen.
As the last-place finishers, Phoenix players Harriet Leeke, Mary Lou Crane, Beverly Soule and Sue Edwards were awarded frozen turkeys, which they donated to Payson's St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank.
One of the highlights of the tournament has always been the hole-in-one contest, in which a lucky golfer who shoots an ace can drive away in a new Ford Explorer. Last year, a golfer just missed driving home a new Ford by swatting to within a few feet of the designated hole.
Saturday at hole two, Payson High School golf team memberJeff Higginshit to within 15 feet of a new SUV.
Closest-to-the-pin winners included Dave Wallace on No. 8 and Ken Althoff on No. 14. Each received plaques.
Jason Schwein took home a plaque for the men's longest drive. Pam Brady won the plaque for women's longest drive.