Tournament Honors Late Coach


Organizers are predicting more success than last year for the Second Annual Jack Morris Memorial Golf Tournament.

That would be quite an accomplishment since the inaugural event drew an overflow crowd of Jack's friends and family.


Jack Morris was a Payson High School football coach and father of two.

This year's event will tee off at 7:30 a.m. June 18 at Payson Golf Course with a shotgun start and best-ball format.

The entry fee is $85 per player, which includes green fees, cart, food and prize money.

The field will be limited to the first 110 golfers who register by the June 10 deadline.

Prizes include closest-to-the-pin awards on all par-3 holes, longest drive in the fairways and a hole-in-one prize on a preselected hole.

Other prizes are currently being gathered by the tournament golf committee.

In addition to accepting players for the tournament, the golf committee is searching for more event sponsors. All donations are tax deductible and a tax ID number is available.

Entry forms are available at the Payson Roundup, 708 N. Beeline Highway.

For more information, call tournament director Gary Cordell at (928) 474- 4401.
All proceeds from the tournament benefit the Longhorn football team and also fund an academic scholarship to be given away each spring to a deserving PHS graduate.

The tournament is played in memory of Morris, who died Feb. 23, 2004 of complications from a stroke. Morris was 34 at the time of his death.

Morris had served as an assistant coach at Payson High School and was instrumental in helping the Longhorns earn the 1998 Class 3A state championship. He graduated from PHS in 1987 and was a senior member of the 1986 football team that reached the state championship.

Big golfing weekend

Local linksters will find plenty of opportunity for competition this weekend.

Tomorrow, the Payson Youth Football Association will host its annual benefit golf tournament at Payson Golf Course.

The following day, Sunday, the Third Annual Special Olympics Golf Tournament is expected to be a banner event that will provide hours of fun for players and supplement the strained budget of the local Special Olympics program.

Check-in for Saturday's event is 7 a.m. and tee time is 8 a.m. A luncheon and post tournament awards ceremony begins at noon.

The entry fee is $80 per person or $400 for a four-person team. All proceeds will be used to purchase supplies for the youth football association.

Registrations can be mailed to Payson Youth Football, P.O. Box 624, Payson, AZ 85547.

For more information, call Angela Parker at (928) 468-6482.

The Special Olympics tournament begins at 9 a.m. May 15 at Payson Golf Course. The entry fee is $250 per foursome and includes golf, cart and barbecue after the tournament.

All profits benefit Special Olympics programs and athletes.

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

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