Lady Golfers Open Season With Gatherings

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Rim country golf tournament activities should be plentiful during the upcoming links season.

Much of the play will be sponsored by a trio of local clubs --Payson Men's Golf Association, Payson Women's Golf Association 18-hole group and the PWGA nine-hole group -- that are now gearing up for the spring, summer and fall campaigns.

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Isabella Sockrider is a member of the PWGA nine-hole group. Last season, she won several tournaments.

All three clubs have issued invitations for new members.

The PWGA 18-holers will open the season 9 a.m. March 29 at Mad Dawg's and Mel's restaurant on Main Street with a buffet breakfast.

Local players interested in joining the PWGA are invited to attend the breakfast. Call Joyce Goff (928) 474-4638 or Dorothy Meet (928) 474-9670 for more information.

The Lady Niners will play their first tournament April 7 at Payson Golf Course. Tee time is 9 a.m. Ladies interested in joining the league are invited to attend an organizational meeting at 11:30 a.m. March 31 at Country Kitchen.

For more information, call Sue (928) 472-8772.

The 2005 Payson Men's Golf Association season kicked off 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.

Take a swing at hunger

The "Teeing Up For Hunger" fourth annual golf tournament tees off with a shot gun 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. Last year the charity 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 and 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.

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.

The fee is $22 for adults and $20 for youth ages 12 and under. The fee includes American Canoe Association participation insurance.

The race format will include both competitive and recreational divisions.

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

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