Campbell Tournament Sept. 11

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The Tonto Apaches and the Mazatzal Casino will honor one of the tribe's most accomplished members at the Second Annual Melton "Chief" Campbell Memorial Golf Shoot-out.

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Melton Campbell

The tournament will tee off at 8 a.m. Sept. 11 at Pine Meadow Country Club in Overgaard.

All golf fees, food and prizes will be courtesy of the tribe and the casino. Prizes will be awarded for longest drive, closest-to-the-pin shot, and longest putt among both men and women.

The tournament is open to the first 72 players to register. The two-person scramble will begin with a shotgun start and wrap up later in the day at a luncheon and awards ceremony in the casino bingo hall.

The tournament honors Campbell who died Sept. 13, 1993 just a month after the casino first opened.

Decades ago, Campbell spearheaded the drive to get the Tonto Apaches recognized as a tribe. After Campbell helped draft a constitution, the tribe was finally recognized in October 1972.

Campbell then served as tribe chairman for more than 20 years and was vice chairman at the time of his death, his widow Nancy said.

He was also pastor of the Tonto Apache Full Gospel Church, a certified ASA softball umpire and coached the Tonto Apache women's softball team.

Campbell served a term as president of the Indian Development District of Arizona, was once vice president of the InterTribal Council of Arizona and a member of the Gila County Sheriff's Posse.

He is remembered by those who knew him as extremely spiritual, a natural-born leader and a mentor of younger tribal members.

A native of Payson, Campbell attended local schools and once had Julia Randall as a teacher.

For more information about the golf tournament, call Perry Tinnin at (928) 978-5133), Kenny Davis at (928) 978-0739) or Jerry Gramm at 929) 978-8011.

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