Lawson Swats A Hole-In-One


Some of the luster of Bill Lawson's first hole-in-one was lost while relaying the good news to his brother, Mike.

"I phoned him and he said he has five hole-in-ones. I only need four more to catch him," Lawson said. "That's not going to happen in my lifetime."


That huge smile on Bill Lawson is the result of a recent hole-in-one at Payson Golf Course.

Lawson's hole-in-one was carded May 11 while playing in the Men's Twilight League at Payson Golf Course.

On the 165-yard No. 8, the public school administrator lofted a tee shot with a No. 7 wood that hit about 15 feet from the flag.

From there, the ball rolled directly into the hole setting off a celebration that would have been rivaled only if Lawson and friends had been told they were holding the winning lottery tickets.

"It was exciting. Something I didn't think I'd ever do," Lawson said.

Lawson doesn't anticipate matching the ace mark set by his brother but he won't stop trying for the elusive holes-in-one.

"Maybe I'll get another (ace) but it probably won't be on that hole," he said. "The week after the hole-in-one, I double-bogied it."

Benefit dinner

The Payson High School wrestling team will host a benefit steak dinner from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 14 at Payson Elementary School. Tickets, available at the door or from any wrestler, are $6 for adults and $3 for children.

The menu includes sirloin steak, baked potato, beans, salad and beverage.

All proceeds will help the wrestling team purchase much needed items not available in the school athletic budget.

Funding the trip

Former Rim Country Middle School basketball players Christina Deaton, Cydney Figueroa, Kayla O'Donnell, Jenna Robertson and Marquel Waterman, have received invitations from Tourney Sport USA to participate in a national championship basketball tournament July 11 to 19 in Oahu, Hawaii.

To participate, the teens must raise $1,870 each to pay their expenses which includes meals, uniform, awards dinner banquet and lodging.

The five players said they are committed to earning the money through a series of fund-raisers that are still in the planning stages.

An account has been set up at the Payson office of SAFE Q for donors who would like to help the girls make the trip. Stop by the branch and make your donation to the 8th Grade Girls Hawaii, Classic. The girls also will do odd jobs to help earn the money needed.

For more information or to help the young players, call Deniese O'Donnell at (928) 978-0477, Melodi Deaton at (928) 970-0790, or Janelle Figueroa at (928) 978-6109.

Last chance for youth football

The Payson Youth Football Association will hold its final player and cheerleader registration 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 9 at Farm Bureau Insurance, 100 W. Roundup.

Youths 6 to 13 years old are eligible to participate in the league. The fee is $60 for cheerleaders and $70 for players. A discount will be given to families with more than one player or cheerleader participating. Prospective players must bring a copy of their birth certificate to the sign-up.

The local football association also is seeking a board member and a coach for a Mighty Mite team.

For more information call Scott Geske at (928) 476-5354 or Angela Parker at (928) 468-6482.

Morris Memorial

The Jack Morris Memorial Scholarship golf tournament will tee off 7:30 a.m. June 19 at Payson Golf Course.

The entry fee is $85 per player which includes green fees, cart, food and prize money.

The field will be limited to the first 110 golfers who register and the deadline is June 10.

Prizes will include closest-to-the-pin awards on all par-3 holes, longest drive in the fairways and a hole-in-one prize on a preselected hole.

Entry forms are available at the Payson Roundup, 708 N. Beeline Highway.

For more information about the tournament, call tournament director Gary Cordell at (928) 474- 4401.

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