Payson Police Detective Matt Van Camp -- who also serves as the director of the annual Christmas for Kids Golf Tournament -- attributes the success of the annual benefit to its many sponsors.
Not only do they buy sponsorships for each hole, most enter at least one team in the tournament. The Tonto Apache Tribe sent eight teams to the Aug. 27 at Payson Golf Course.
Van Camp sends a heartfelt thank you to the tribe and all other sponsors -- Four Corners Concrete, Chapman Chevrolet, SRJ Homes, Payson Regional Medical Center, Mountain View Family Medicine, Apothecary Shop of Payson, Rim Country Investments and Management, Payson Golf Course, Macky's Grill and Payson Concrete.
Admission increase, freshmen football times change
Payson High School athletic director Dave Bradley is emphasizing to students, fans and parents that the Longhorns' return to the Class 3A East region will mean some ticket price and schedule changes.
This year, standard game admission will be charged by member schools and freshmen football games will kick off at 4:30 p.m., rather than 4 p.m. as shown on some early PHS sports schedules.
The kick-off times were moved back a half hour, Bradley said, because athletic directors from the east wanted more time for officials to make it to the games from their work places.
Individual admission tickets to all East region volleyball and football games are now $5 for adults and $4 for students. Last season, tickets were $4 and $3.
Although Payson High does not charge admission to soccer games, some East region schools do, Bradley cautions.
In addition to individual tickets, a variety of passes are available for purchase.
The options include a $120 family pass this will be accepted at all sports events this school year.
Bradley sternly warns, however, that the pass is valid only for immediate family members living in the same home.
"Not cousins, aunts and uncles," he said.
For $55, family passes to football, volleyball or basketball-only may be purchased. A boy's and girl's basketball family pass is available for $65.
According to Bradley, the $55 family passes are not being sold for wrestling because the Longhorns probably will not have enough home dual meets to justify the cost.
Student passes for all sports are $30 and individual adult passes are $42.
Bradley calls the passes a good deal for fans who plan on attending more than seven sporting events during the school year.
"That many games will pay for the pass, then (games) are basically free," he said.