Patience Asked Of Horsemen, 4-Wheelers

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On April 1 and April 2, by permit from the United States Forest Service, there will be a Mountain Bike Association of Arizona state championship point series competition.

The event will stage on Walnut Flat, the Houston Mesa Road and in the clearings just south of the Shoofly Indian ruin. The course will use the Shoofly Loop, Houston Loop and parts of the Horse Camp trail.

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A mountain bike race April 1 and 2 north of Payson is expected to draw more than 400 entrants.

MBAA is requesting outdoor enthusiasts, such as horseback riders or four-wheelers, to limit recreational use on these trails during the event.

About 400 athletes are expected to compete.

Marshall guides outdoor TV celeb

Local outfitter and guide Brian Marshall will appear in a July telecast of "Jim Benton Outdoor Adventures" on the Outdoor channel. Marshall is unsure of the exact date or time the program will air.

The program will feature Marshall guiding Benton on two deer hunts in January to Sonora, Mexico.

During the hunt, Marshall guided Benton to within 240 yards of a seven-by-five mule buck.

Benton was able to drop the trophy buck that scored officially 198 5/8 inches with a 30-inch spread on the Safari Club International scale.

Also on the hunt, Benton bagged a coues deer with Marshall's help.

The coues, which is a small animal, scored 110. A score above 100 for a coues will make the Boone & Crockett record books.

During the month, Marshall successfully guided 11 coues and four mule deer hunts in Sonora.

On the jimbentonadventures.com website, Benton cites Marshall for his hunting expertise.

"Thanks to the keen eyes of guide Brian Marshall," he wrote. "Few bucks escaped our attention."

Teeing off

The Payson Men's Golf Association, Payson Women's Golf Association 18-hole group and the PWGA nine-hole membership are gearing up for the spring, summer and fall campaigns.

All three associations are inviting new members.

The PWGA 18-holers will open the season 9 a.m. Tuesday 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 for more information.

The Lady Niners will play their first tournament April 7 at Payson Golf Course. Tee time is 9 a.m.

Those interested in becoming a Niner can call (928) 472-8772 or (928) 474-8772.

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

Any players interested in joining 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 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 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.

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