Tourney Benefits Special Olympics


The Third Annual Special Olympics Golf Tournament is expected to be a banner event that will provide hours of fun for linksters and also supplement the strained budget of the local organization.

This year's showdown will tee off at 9 a.m. May 15 at Payson Golf Course.


Golfers should find the Third Annual Special Olympics Tournament a great way to get in 18 holes for a good cause.

The entry fee is $250 per foursome and includes golf, cart, barbecue after the tournament and the chance to win trophies and a bundle of prizes.

"We will gladly place you on a team or help you make up a team if you are short of a player or players," tournament directors Ralph and Derrie Lucht said.

The Luchts also stress that all the profits from the tournament will benefit Special Olympic programs and athletes.

"Anything you are willing to do will be greatly appreciated," Ralph Lucht said.

Entry forms are available at Payson Automotive Supply and Equipment at 805 S. Beeline Highway. For more information call, the Luchts at (928) 474-5224.

Hoop on deck

A trio of teams from Payson have entered the Super Stars Basketball qualifying tournament May 6 and 7 in Wilson Dome, old PHS gymnasium and the Rim Country Middle School gymnasium.

The inaugural Rim Country Roundup is expected to draw fourth- through eighth-grade teams from around the state.

The teams from Payson include seventh- and eighth-grade boys squads and a eighth-grade girls team.

Winners can qualify for a national championship tournament June 2 to 5 in Pueblo, Colo.

For more information, call C.J. Sells at (928) 284-5055.

Payson pair fish to top 10

Payson anglers John Browning and Emery McKeen tied for sixth place at the AllStar Bass fishing tournament April 16 at Lake Pleasant. The two boated 10.83 pounds of bass to tie with a Phoenix team. Browning and McKeen pocketed $500 in prize money.

Sign-up ends tomorrow

The deadline for registering for play in the town parks and recreation-sponsored girls softball league is Wednesday. Girls ages 7 to 15 are eligible to participate. Games will begin in June.

The format for play has changed from modified pitch to slow pitch. The age groups are 7-10, 11 and 12 and 13-15. Depending upon the registration numbers, the age groups could change. Coaches are also needed.

Register at the Payson Parks and Recreation office or online at

For more information, call Charlene Hunt at (928) 474-5242 ext. 260.

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