The annual Hospice Tournament in the Pines lets people have a good time in order to help others through a bad time.
For the second year, the Rim Country Hospice Foundation hosted a golf tournament at the exclusive Rim Golf Club.
The $20,000 plus cleared in the 2002 tournament will help the foundation move closer to the goal of building its own hospice facility in Payson.
Last year, in its premiere, the tournament cleared about $17,000.
Work to present the tournament begins in January. It is guided by tournament co-chairs, Kathleen Hughes, treasurer of the board of the Rim Country Hospice Foundation, and Guy Pfister, a member of the board.
Hughes, who was the solo chair of the first tournament, said they had invaluable assistance from Friends of the Foundation Jackie Badger, Terri Hogan and Carol Ransome.
"And The Rim Club staff was really exceptional, especially Pete Baker and Bob Irving. They told us what they needed and had the courtesy to double check on it. Their direction was impeccable," Hughes said.
She said the food prepared for them by Chaparral Pines Chef Geoffrey Shober and his staff was stunning. Hors d'oeuvres were planned for the closing cocktail party, but what Shober and his staff presented was almost a full meal. As for the box lunch they provided, Hughes said she had never seen so much food in a lunch box.
Hughes added the tournament was also assisted by a group of women, wives of members and others who just wanted to help. They provided a service by monitoring the six prize holes on the golf course.
There were 104 players in 26 teams, with about 130 at the closing reception, she said.
The players were drawn from those who participated in the first tournament, Hughes said. They were sent letters inviting them to this year's event, with the suggestion to bring additional teams if they were interested.
It was so successful, the tournament was almost at capacity, she said. They can have a maximum of 27 teams play on The Rim Golf Club course.
Hughes is a little concerned about next year, but she is already talking with the people at The Rim Golf Club's sister community, Chaparral Pines Country Club, about making use of its course. Both courses are closed on Mondays, according to the communities' sales director Jack Ward, a major supporter of the Rim Country Hospice Foundation.
Contributing to the financial success for this year's tournament were the individuals and businesses who donated items for the annual silent auction. Providing auction items were: Antigua Group Inc.; Jackie and Fred Badger; Barbara's Boutique; Lucinda Campbell; Cedar Ridge Restaurant; Melanie Davis; Fargo's; Dan Hellman; Kristi and Russell Houston; Carol and Clark Ransome; Sesame Inn; Superstition Springs; and the Hospice Foundation.
Naturally, the biggest contributor of all, was The Rim Golf Club itself, giving the hospice tournament the use of its facilities and the time of its staff.
The Rim Country Hospice Foundation is now preparing for its annual auction in September. The event will raise additional funds for its building project. For more information about the auction, call 472-8220.
Scottsdale man shoots hole-in-one at Rim Club
An individual team with mostly local players took the top prize in the Hospice 2002 Tournament in the Pines.
Payson's Fred Badger, Jonnie Geen and Clark Ransome, along with Peter Brown of Desert Mountain won the tournament with a score of 113. Geen also took home the prize for women's longest drive.
The team members each won an i3 titanium driver, sponsored by the Ping Matching Program, and Geen won a bottle of wine.
The tournament had a single hole-in-one shot made by Brian Holloway of Scottsdale, a member of the Morgan Stanley team. The ace was on the No. 8 hole, a prize hole, where a player could double their money. Had it been on the No. 4 hole, Holloway would have won an Audi A4 4x4 by Scottsdale Audi.
The Morgan Stanley team, with Holloway, Layne Herber, Larry Gutsch and Peter Brown, took fourth place in the tournament, with the members each getting a 2001 Ping Cart Bag, sponsored by the Ping Matching Program.
Winning second place was the Four Seasons Motor Sports team, Mark Svir, Scott Darnell, Willie Ingram and Jon Bancroft, with 114. They each took home a No. 5 graphite wood, sponsored by the Ping Matching Program.
Third place was won by the Stone Creek Realty & Investment team, Dan Hellman, Tom Kirch, Rich Kirch and Dan O'Malley, with 117. They each were given a Ping putter, sponsored by the Ping Matching Program.
Other prizes were: men's longest drive, won by John Goodman, he received a bottle of wine; women's closest to the pin, won by Laura Meyocks; and men's closest to the pin, made by Perry Tinnin, of the Tonto Apache Tribe team.