Longhorn Golfers Find New Outlets

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Due to Payson High School's realignment to the 3A conference from 4A, Longhorn golfers will go almost two years without prep competition. That's because in 4A, golf is played in the fall, and in 3A it is contested in the spring.

The last matches the Horns participated in was the fall of 2004. Their next are scheduled for the spring of 2006.

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Justin Shuman is keeping his prep golf game tuned up on the Junior Golf Association of Arizona circuit.

Without high school competition, some golfers have turned to the Junior Golf Association of Arizona circuit, including Justin Shuman, who will be a senior this fall.

Competing June 10 at a JGAA Junior State Championship qualifier at Bear Creek Golf Course in Chandler, Shuman finished in the middle of the pace in the boys 13 to 18 years age group. On the par 71 course, he posted an 80. The tournament medalist, Brad Nicholson of Chandler, carded a 68.

The finish did not qualify Shuman for the state championships July 7 and 8, but there are plenty of other tournaments on the JGAA trail in which he can participate.

Diamondbacks Training Center comes to Payson

The Arizona Diamondbacks Training Center will host a softball as well as a baseball camp July 11 to July 15 at Rumsey Park. The camps are open to players 6 to 12 years of age.

Call (800) 821-7152 for more information.

Mavs host camp

A youth football camp, open to students in sixth through eighth grades, will be held from June 27 to June 30 on the Rim Country Middle School multipurpose field. Each day's session begins at 7 a.m. and wraps up a 12:30 p.m.

According to RCMS coach Jimmy Oestmann, the focus of the camp will be on learning the offensive and defensive schemes the athletes will use at RCMS and when they reach Payson High School.

"We'll also do agility, conditioning and some classroom work," Oestmann said. "On the last day of the camp, we'll have passing league and a mini-tournament."

Jon Gunzel, Pat Stone, Mike Loutzenheiser and Mark Henning join Oestmann on the coaching staff.

The camp fee is $50 and there is a $5 discount for families with more than one child participating.

Registration may be completed between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., Monday, June 20 at RCMS. After that date, the fee is $55.

All campers should wear a T-shirt, shorts and football shoes. Participants also should bring a pair of running shoes and a lunch or snacks to each practice.

Call (928) 474-4511 for more information.

RMEF to host annual banquet

The Payson Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation invites Rim country residents to join the festivities at the annual RMEF Big Game Banquet July 16 at the Mazatzal Casino. Doors open at 4 :30 p.m. for a no-host happy hour. The dinner, filet mignon, chicken or vegetarian, will be served at 6 p.m. Auctions and raffles will be held later in the evening.

According to RMEF spokesman Phil Daugherty, one firearm will be given away during the evening for every six to seven persons in attendance.

This year, Payson has been chosen as the chapter to auction the much-coveted Arizona Game and Fish Commission buffalo tag. The hunt, which can be done on any day of the year, is on the House Rock Ranch.

Also to be auctioned is an elk or mule deer hunt on the Navajo reservation.

Daugherty said there will be other hunts, camping equipment, archery, limited edition prints and ladies' items raffled and auctioned during the evening.

Tickets are $70 for a single or $110 per couple, and are available from any RMEF member. The price also includes a membership in RMEF.

The local chapter is in need of volunteers to serve on various committees and to participate in work projects.

For tickets or to help the RMEF, call Daugherty at (928) 478-4458 or Bill Masters at (928) 472-6186.

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