Hospice Tees Up For Rim Club Benefit

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You get to spend the day on a golf course, win fabulous prizes, eat fabulous food, have a whole lot of fun ... and help to build a future Hospice House for area residents in need of 24-hour skilled care.

In Kathleen Hughes' view, opportunities like the Rim Country Hospice Foundation's Second Annual Tournament in the Pines just don't come any more golden than that.

"This is a wonderful tournament," Hughes, the organization's treasurer, said. "But even better, it will help to create something Payson doesn't have: a hospice-house facility."

As envisioned by members of the foundation, Payson's hospice house will not just benefit patients, Hughes said. "It will also provide an outlet for family members to share critical time with their loved ones when they are most in need."

To help make that dream come true, the foundation is bringing its tournament back to the greens of the Rim Golf Club, a Weiskopf/Morrish-designed private, par-71 course, offering 18 challenging holes.

The action begins Monday, May 20, with a 10 a.m. scramble with a modified shotgun format. Coffee and juice will be served prior to play, boxed lunches will be offered at midday, and a dinner buffet for each player and each player's guest at tournament's end.

Highlights include two hole-in-one contests, one for a 2002 Audi A4 4x4 and the other for a 19-karat gold men's Rolex watch.

Each of the top four teams will win prizes in the event, which is limited to 27 foursomes. The first-place foursome will win 13 Ping titanium drivers, the second-place team will receive No. 5 graphite woods; the third-place team will take home Ping putters; and the fourth-place foursome will be awarded a 2001 Ping cart bag.

The fee for the day's activities, including the shotgun modified scramble tournament, is $1,000 per foursome, with hole sponsorships available for another $125.

Registration and the continental breakfast will begin at 9 a.m., with the practice range open at 10 a.m., and the tournament commencing at 11 a.m. There will be no drop-in slots available, so all players must be pre-registered.

"We still need teams," Hughes said. "But the number of openings is limited, so registration is on a first-come, first-served basis."

For more information on the tournament, call Hughes at 472-8220.

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