Golfers To Tee Up For Payson Habitat For Humanity Benefit

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by Max Foster

roundup staff reporter

Only two months after hosting a highly successful 5K benefit walk-run that drew about 180 participants, the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity is about to return to the sports scene.

This time around, PAHH will turn its attention to the links as sponsor of the 5th Annual Pioneer Title Golf Tournament.

As tournament co-directors, Mark Monty and Dale Gonzales have scheduled the benefit for Aug. 25 at Payson Golf Course.

A specific start time will not be announced until the number of entrants is known.

According to PAHH representative Judy Berger, if a full field of 108 golfers enter, participants will tee off at 8 a.m. If participation is less than 100, the event will begin at 9 a.m.

Last year, 88 players, or 22 foursomes, helped raise more than $4,000. The money was donated to PAHH for its mission of providing decent, affordable and healthy houses for low- and moderate-income people in Payson.

The 2000 event was highlighted by a great day of golf, a complimentary lunch, a raffle and the chance to win a new Ford Explorer by sinking a hole-in-one, Berger said.

One of the participants almost claimed the Ford by swatting to within 4 feet of an ace.

This year, another hole-in-one contest is planned, with Phil White Ford once again offering a new Explorer as a prize.

The entry fee is $60 per player or $40 for members of Payson Golf Course. The fee includes 18 holes of play, a golf cart, lunch and prizes.

Entry forms are available at Pioneer Title at 421 South Beeline Highway.

Call Monty or Gonzales at 474-3235 for more information.

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