Boating Classes Offered In Time For Summer

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The Roosevelt Lake Patrol Unit of the Gila County Sheriff's Office has teamed up with the Arizona Game and Fish Department to host a series of Boating Safety Education classes in Payson.

The classes will be held in the Payson Police Department conference room May 21 and Aug. 13.

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The Gila County Sheriff's Office and Arizona Game and Fish will host several boating safety classes this summer.

Classes also will be in Globe (April 16, July 16 and Oct. 15) and Roosevelt (June 18 and Sept. 17).

The sessions run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is a one-hour lunch break.

Students will be taught the basics of how to properly, and safely, operate a watercraft. Lessons will include how to operate different types of boats and trailers, how to read navigational aids and how to handle boating emergencies.

For more information, call Lu DuBois at (928) 467-2515 or (928) 467-2155.

Take a swing at hunger

The "Teeing Up For Hunger" fourth annual golf tournament tees off with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. April 30 at Payson Golf Course. About 100 players are expected to participate in the four-person scramble.

The tournament proceeds benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Society food bank that last year gave out more than 4,000 boxes of food to Payson's needy.

This year, the tournament will feature two hole-in-one prizes -- a 2005 Ford Explorer sponsored by Phil White Ford and a $10,000 cash award from Amon Builders.

Other prizes include weekend getaways an a set of irons.

Tournament slots are open for both players and hole sponsors.

To participate or for more information call Richard Roy at (928) 474-9559 or Joe Gasiel at (928) 472-9688.

Lady Niners tee off

The Payson Women's Golf Association Nine-Hole Group will host a season-opening lunch meeting at 11:30 a.m. at Country Kitchen. The Niners will play their first tournament April 7. Tee time is 9 a.m.

Anyone players interested in joining may do so by calling (928) 472-8772 or (928) 474-8772.

PWGA issues invitation

The Payson Women's Golf Association 18-hole group tees up the 2005 season today at Payson Golf Course.

Anyone interested in participating should call Joyce Goff at (928) 474-4638. The PWGA plays weekly tournaments in Payson until the end of October.

PMGA ready for play

The 2005 Payson Men's Golf Association season began March 23 with a breakfast and four-man scramble tournament.

Any players interested in becoming a member of the PMGA should call Dick Ceyler at (928) 468-0933.

Canoeing the Verde

The Camp Verde Parks and Recreation Department has teamed up with Northern Arizona University to sponsor the Verde River Canoe Challenge April 2.

The 10-mile canoe/kayak race begins at White Bridge Park, between the Verde River and Highway 260, and ends at Beasley Flats Recreation Area. A free shuttle service will be provided between the start and finish lines.

Preregistration will continue until March 18. The fee is $22 for adults and $20 for youth 12 years of age and under. The fee includes a souvenir T-shirt and American Canoe Association participation insurance.

The race format will include both competitive and recreational divisions.

Call Joe Perez at (928) 567-0535 for more information.

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