Slow-pitch softball, bowling and golf are the sports of choice for many active Rim country seniors.
For those who enjoy softball, the Arizona Cougars senior team offers the opportunity to play both locally and around the country.
Each Thursday morning in Rumsey Park, seniors gather for practice sessions and pickup scrimmage games against a contingent of Valley players. The Valley seniors travel to the Rim country for the chance to play in cooler weather.
The Cougars are using the weekly scrimmages to prepare for their appearance in the Western National Senior World Series slated to begin Aug. 3 in St. George, Utah.
Local Realtor Dave Crowell, the man who has long been a driving force in Payson senior softball, schedules the practice sessions and finds tournaments where the seniors can showcase their skills.
Also on the Cougars agenda is an appearance Oct. 2 -5 in the World Masters Senior Tournament in Las Vegas.
Last spring, the Cougars were in Las Vegas to participate in the Senior Spring Invitational. The team turned in a stellar showing in which it advanced to the championship finale before losing. "We had a good tournament there," Crowell said.
During the past fall and winter campaigns, the team played its way to first-place finishes in senior invitational tournaments held in Sun Lakes and Sun City. In the spring, the Cougars finished as runners-up at the Fountain Hills Senior Invitational.
For more information on senior softball, call Crowell at (928) 474-0157.
On the links
Seniors interested in golf will find Payson Golf Course located on West Country Club Drive a dandy place to tune up their links skills.
For seniors looking for a tad bit of camaraderie while playing, the Payson Men's Golf Association and the Payson Women's Golf Associations are welcoming new members.
Both the PWGA and the PMGA gather for weekly tournaments from early spring until winter sets in.
The two associations also hook up several times each golf season for "Jack and Jill" or coed tournaments. Those usually turn into good-natured outings that wrap up with jovial 19th hole festivities at the PGC clubhouse.
The ladies of the PWGA have built a reputation for their unusually formatted tournaments that usually provide zany fun for everyone.
This season, the women have played in "low net minus scores for 5, 11 and 17" tournament and another that was scored by poker card rules.
Both the PWGA and the PMGA schedules also feature interclub matches in which they host visiting clubs from around Arizona. When not hosting, the clubs travel around the state to test their links moxie against other associations.
For more information on either the PMGA or the PWGA, call Payson Golf Course at (928) 474-2273.
On the alley
For seniors who would enjoy a cool summer break in Rim Country Lanes, the Older is Better League is a popular option.
The league, which bowls one evening per week, currently sports six senior teams.
The most popular season of the year for senior bowling is the fall, when two leagues are formed.
If enough senior interest is shown this fall, three leagues will be formed.
For more information call Rim Country Lanes at (928) 474-9859.