Chaparral Golf Team Advances To Sectionals


Golf Club of Chaparral Pines pro Shawn McCarthy, a former NFL punter, led a team May 19 to the Buick Scramble Sectional Championships at Palm Valley Golf Course in Goodyear. As of press time, results were not available.

The Chaparral Pines team of five advanced in the tournament as the Payson champions having won the crown April 2 at the local course.


Former NFL punter Shawn McCarthy uses his athletic prowess in his golf games.

On the team with McCarthy are club members Rich Lesniak, Steve Johnson, Paul Nacario and Tom Beck.

Johnson is from Payson, the other three team members are Valley residents.

McCarthy said the team won the Payson-area championship in dramatic fashion when Lesniak carded a hole-in-one to force a sudden-death playoff.

In sudden death, the Chaparral team eagled the second playoff hole to claim the local title.

The dramatic ace occurred on the par-3, 143-yard fourth hole where Lesniak, used an 8-iron to chalk up his second, career hole-in-one.

The ace propelled the team into a tie for first and forced the sudden-death playoff with a 16-under-par card.

On the second playoff hole, Beck sunk a 6-foot eagle putt to nail down the victory and the trip to the sectional championships.

For the hole-in-one, Lesniak received two free round trip Delta Airline tickets to any destination in the United States from Steve Coury Buick, the local scramble sponsor.

The Chaparral Pines tournament was one of more than 1,500 local championships held nationwide. The sectional showdown at Palm Valley was one of 104 PGA championships.

Youth football registration

The Payson Youth Football Association will hold a registration for players and cheerleaders from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Arizona Public Service offices located at 400 W. Longhorn Road.

Registration booths will be set up in the back of the APS building. Youth ages 6 to 13 are eligible to participate in the league. The fee is $60 for cheerleaders and $70 for players.

A discount will be given to families with more than one player or cheerleader participating.

Prospective players must bring a copy of their birth certificate to the sign-up.

Registrations will also be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 4 and June 11 in the APS building.

The final sign-up will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 9 at Farm Bureau Insurance, 100 W. Roundup Road.

The local football association is also seeking a coach for a Mighty Mite team and a board member. For more information call Scott Geske at (928) 476-5354 or Angela Parker at (928) 468-6482.

Pool open for adult lap swim, aqua therapy

Although Taylor Pool doesn't officially open until May 28, the parks and recreation department responded to heavy public demand by opening it May 16 for morning adult lap swim and aqua therapy.

Until the official opening, the pool will be open from 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. weekdays. Admission is $50 for the entire pool season or $3 per day. Season tickets may be purchased at the parks and recreation offices located at Green Valley Park. Call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 for more information.

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