Golf With The Devils


Arizona State University and Sun Angel Foundation officials have issued an invitation for Rim Country linksters to join in on the fun Aug. 15 and 16 at the Camp Tontozona Invitational Golf Tournament.

The tournament coincides with the Sun Devil football team's preseason training sessions at Camp Tontozona.


The Camp Tontozona Invitational Golf Tournament is slated for Aug. 15 and 16, while the ASU Sun Devils are in Rim Country for preseason training sessions.

The tournament site, The Rim Club, has been rated the No. 1 residential golf course in the Southwest three years in a row by Golfweek magazine.

The par-71 scenic mountain championship course, snuggled among boulder outcroppings, was designed by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish.

The tournament's first round tees off a 9 a.m. with a shotgun start and will be played in a two-person scramble format. Lunch, dinner and cocktails will be provided at The Rim Club, organizers say.

The second day of play begins at 8 a.m. and will include a two-person best ball scramble format.

Following that round, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., tournament participants will have the opportunity to travel to Camp Tontozona and watch a Sun Devil practice session. After practice, fans are invited to dinner with ASU head coach Dirk Koetter and his staff of coaches.

According to tournament directors, the field will be limited to the first 72 players to sign up. The entry fee is $1,000 per foursome or $300 per individual. The fee includes golf for both days, lunch, dinner, cocktails and a tee gift.

Call Roy Shick at (480) 727-7705 for more information.

Links benefit

Kim Muller of Pioneer Title and Payson Area Habitat for Humanity fund-raising chairman Bob Charameda are predicting another banner outing when the Ninth Annual Pioneer Title PAHH Golf Tournament tees off at 8 a.m., Aug. 13 at Payson Golf Course.

The pair say a full field of 108 players is expected to participate in the fray.

Among the attractions of the tourney is a variety of prizes and raffle items that have been rounded up by tournament volunteers Tom and Kim Rothwell.

A hole-in-one challenge with a substantial cash prize is planned along with other contests.

The entry fee is $75 per person or $55 for Payson Golf Course members. Tournament directors will accept individual entries or foursomes.

Entry forms are available at Pioneer Title Agency, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Payson Roundup or the PAHH office at 1013 S. Goodfellow Road.

Tee time changes

The Payson Public Safety Christmas for Kids benefit golf tournament tee time has changed.

According to tournament director Matt Van Camp the new tee time is 8 a.m. Originally the tournament was to tee off at 11 a.m., Aug. 27 at Payson Golf Course.

The annual benefit will also feature a barbecue steak dinner to be served at 6 p.m., Aug. 26, that will be prepared by Albert and Charlene Hunt.

For entry forms or more information, call Van Camp at (928) 474-5177, ext 251.

‘Hams, Hots and Brats' Feast

A group of about two dozen adults has organized to make a difference for all students in the Payson Unified School District.

The Friends and Neighbors (FAN) Club was organized as the school year came to a close last year, and spent the summer getting settled into its chosen role of supporting all extra-curricular activities in the school district.

One of the club's first efforts is a "Hams, Hots and Brats" (hamburgers, hot dogs and bratwurst) Feast, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 9 at the Rim Country Middle School cafeteria, preceding the open house planned for that evening. Tickets are $5 per individual and $20 per family (any size).

Proceeds from the event will be used to help the RCMS Mavericks football team raise money to buy new uniforms.

"They have only had the use of hand-me-downs from the high school, and they need their own new uniforms," said FAN Club treasurer Kristi Ford.

The FAN Club meets at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month at Payson Eye Care, 411 S. Beeline Highway. The next meeting is Aug. 10.

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