If you had plans to participate in the 6th Annual Payson Habitat for Humanity Golf Tournament, the best you can hope for is a slot on the waiting list.
All foursomes have been filled, but a waiting list is being compiled by tournament directors Dale Gonzales and Mark Monty. The tournament tees off at 8 a.m. Aug. 24 at Payson Golf Course.
The really big prize in the annual benefit is a chance at winning $25,000 cash. All the lucky golfer needs to do is sink an ace on hole No. 2. Local veteran golfers say an ace on the par 3, 196-yard hole is possible, but would take a lot of luck.
For a slot on the tournament's waiting list, call Gonzales or Monty at 474-3235.
Smith edges Landra
When the members of the Payson Women's Golf Association get together for the annual two-day President's Cup tournament, it usually turns into a fray that tests the mettle of all players.
Played in a 36-hole, low-net format, PWGA members tell me the tournament is one of the most eagerly anticipated of the summer season.
The 2002 version of the cup battles Aug. 12 and 13 turned into a fierce battle between longtime PWGA members Wilma Smith and Marge Landra. The two have combined to win about as much hardware as any two golfers in the Rim country.
Of course, Marge is well known as a local who refuses to ride in a golf cart.
"I'd rather walk," she tells those who offer her a cart trip.
After one tournament win several years ago, I referred to Marge in the Roundup as "a wily veteran." I don't know if she truly likes that characterization, maybe "shrewd expert" would be more appealing?
Marge played well in the most recent cup, but her tally of 139 was one stroke off Smith's winning score.
In third and fourth place, Kay Davis (142) and Joyce Goff (144) gave a good accounting of themselves.
Marge came up short of winning the tournament title, but did walk away with some pocket change when she finished closest-to-the-pin on No. 17.
Other winners were Ruth Overton (No. 5), Joyce Karnes (No. 14) and Judy Neal (No. 8).
All that awaits the completion of the artificial track at Payson High School is the curing of the surface and the striping of running lanes. That should be done by next week.
It's been fascinating to watch the old track being transformed into a state-of-the-art facility.
It won't be long before everyone realizes what a gem we have in this track.