Benefit Tournament Set For Aug. 26 At Payson Golf Course

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The Payson Public Safety Christmas for Kids benefit golf tournament will get off to a tasty start at 6 p.m. Aug. 26 at Payson Golf Course with a no-host cocktail hour and barbecue steak dinner cooked up by Albert and Charlene Hunt.

Following the meal, the tournament sponsors will hold their annual public safety officer auction they have tabbed "The Wheel of Misfortune."

Each three-person team entered in the tournament will have the opportunity to bid on an officer -- selected by spinning a Las Vegas-type gambling wheel -- to fill out a foursome for the following day's tournament.

Among the 21 public safety officers on the auction block spinning wheel will be Payson Police Chief Gordon Gartner, Payson Fire Chief Marty deMasi and Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores.

Also available at the auction will be Mulligans to be used at the tournament.

The tournament tees off at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start.

The tournament entry fee is $125 per player or $375 per team.

Payson Police detective Matt Van Camp, also the tournament director, stresses the entry fee does not include the purchase of the public safety team member.

The entry fee includes the steak dinner, green fees, golf cart and prizes.

According to Van Camp, there will also be prizes for longest drives, closest-to-pin tee shots and possibly holes-in-one.

All proceeds from the Independence Day snack bar and the tournament will be used to purchase Christmas gifts for needy Rim country children.

Van Camp is hoping to earn more than $10,000.

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

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