Register Early For Pahh Golf Benefit

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More than 100 players from around the state are expected to participate in the Seventh Annual Pioneer Title Agency Benefit Golf Tournament Aug. 23 at Payson Golf Course.

Among the cities to be represented are Sierra Vista, Prescott, Payson and several from the Valley.

Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity and its mission to provide decent affordable and healthy houses in partnership with low and moderate income Payson residents, PAHH spokesperson Judy Berger said.

According to tournament director Mark Monty, the event earned more than $5,000 last year.

Monty, an employee of Pioneer Title, help start the tournament seven years ago.

"I was on the board of directors for PAHH and thought the tournament would be a great way to help (the group)," he said.

Among the highlights of the tournament this year is the $25,000 hole-in-one contest. The contest will be held on the 197-yard, par 3 hole No. 2.

"All of the other par 3 holes will also have prizes for anyone who gets a hole-in-one," Monty said.

According to local golfer Syd Gee, who has played Payson Golf Course for about six years, No. 2 is the toughest par 3 hole on the course.

"Especially if the wind is blowing into your face. That's makes it even tougher," he said. "I can't remember a hole-in-one on No. 2."

The closest any tournament player has come to scoring an ace was three years ago when a participant swatted to within inches of the hole. If he'd have sunk his tee shot, the prize was a new Ford Explorer.

The tournament, which tees off at 8 a.m., will feature a best ball scramble format.

Entry fee is $70 per player or $50 for members of Payson Golf Course. The fee includes 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch, drinks and a chance to win prizes.

Although the tournament will be played in foursomes, participants may enter as individuals and be placed on a team by the tournament directors. Players can also form their own foursome.

Entry forms are available at Pioneer Title (421 South Beeline Highway), the Rim Country Chamber of Commerce, the Payson Roundup or at the PAHH office at 1013 South Goodfellow Road. Entry forms must be returned by Aug. 11 to Dale Gonzales or Monty at Pioneer Title. Call 474-3235 for more information.

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