Longhorn Sweatshirts Available

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Want to be the owner of a spiffy new Payson High softball or baseball sweatshirt?

If so, call Charlene Hunt (978-3221 or 474-6886) and she'll order you either a hooded ($30) or regular ($25) sweatshirt that is ash in color with gold lettering and purple shading printed boldly across the front.

The sweatshirts come in five sizes ranging from small to XXL.

The proceeds of the sales will benefit the Payson High School softball and baseball programs.

Order forms for the sweatshirts also are available at the Town of Payson Parks and Recreation offices at Green Valley Park.

Chaparral hosts qualifier

The Buick Scramble will host a local qualifying tournament tomorrow (Saturday) at Chaparral Pines Golf Club.

Four-person teams with certified USGA handicaps registered at Chaparral Pines are eligible to compete in the tournament.

Winning teams from the Chaparral Pines showdown will advance in May to the Buick Scramble Southwest PGA Sectional Championships. Two winning teams from each sectional will advance to the Buick National Championships Oct. 8-12 at Grande Lakes in Orlando, Fla.

The Buick Scramble, which is celebrating its 20th season, is the world's largest amateur golf tournament. About 100,000 golfers compete each year. The Chaparral Pines qualifier is one of nearly 2,000 local championship held nationwide.

The honorary chairman of the Scramble is PGA tour professional Tiger Woods. The legendary golfer is scheduled to present the trophies to the winning team at the conclusion of the final round of the national championships.

Call Chaparral Pines PGA Professional Brian Billmeier at 472-1420 for more information.

MSA preps for benefit

Prod longtime Mogollon Sporting Association member Jack Koon a bit and he'll promise you that the the organization's dinner/auction/raffle will be the best in the 11-year history of the benefits.

The May 3 evening at Mazatzal Casino begins at 5 p.m with a no-host happy hour. The prime rib or chicken dinner is served at 6 p.m. and the auction/raffle begins at 7 p.m.

Among the raffle items is a freezer full of buffalo meat, a week-long stay on the beach at Rocky Point, Mexico and more than 70 rifles, shotguns and archery equipment.

Another raffle item that'll surely prove popular is a weeklong stay at a condominium in Maui, Hawaii.

According to Koon, more than 100 of the 228 available tickets have been sold.

Koon's best advice to those who want to attend is to buy tickets early because he expects the remaining ducats to sell quickly.

Those who purchased tickets, priced at $65 each, prior to yesterday (Thursday) will be entered into an early bird drawing for an over/under shotgun or a diamond bracelet.

All proceeds from the banquets benefit local youth programs and conservation efforts in the Rim country.

Since its inception, the MSA has raised more than $350,000.

Anyone interested in joining the association or assisting with the banquet festivities should attend MSA meetings at 6 p.m. each Thursday in the Payson Unified School District board meeting room.

To purchase tickets, call Koon at 474-1662 or John Browning at 474-0273.

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