Soccer, Golf Tournaments On Tap For Weekend

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Four prep teams are set to participate in the Pioneer Title Agency Soccer Invitational Sept. 23 and 24 on both multipurpose fields at Rumsey Park.

Opening day, the teams will lock horns in a round robin. At 9 a.m. Payson plays St. Paul's Academy on "A" (south) field. On "B" (north) field at 9 a.m. Round Valley takes on Verde Valley. Action resumes at 1 p.m. with Verde Valley playing Payson on A field, and Round Valley taking on St. Paul's on B field. At 4 p.m. on A field Payson plays Round Valley and on B field St. Paul's and Verde Valley clash.

The results of Friday's play will seed the teams in a second day's consolation bracket. Opening round games will be played at 10 a.m. The consolation championship is set for noon and the tournament title game will be at 2 p.m.

At the conclusion of the tournament there will be an awards program.

Payson High School coach Roger Wholly has issued an invitation for fans to turn out and cheer the Longhorn players on to victory. There is no admission charge.

Benefit golf at PGC

The inaugural Beautiful Schools Golf Tournament will tee off at 9 a.m. Sept. 24 at Payson Golf Course.

All proceeds from the tournament will be used to fund school improvement projects in the Payson Unified School District.

The entry fee is $70 per person which includes a light breakfast, lunch, green fees and cart. The open format will be four-person best ball. Prizes will be awarded for longest drive, closest to the pin for men and women, and cash for first-, second- and third-place finishers. There will also be a $10,000 hole-in-one prize, raffles and Mulligans.

For more information, call Dan Dillon at (928) 472-8208 or Russ Youngcourt at (928) 474-0608.

The tournament is open to only the first 28 teams to register.

Horsemanship clinic

The Payson Parks and Recreation Department has joined forces with certified trainer Steve Sikora to host the John Lyons Horsemanship Clinic Oct. 8 and 9 at the Payson Event Center.

Sikora will host the horsemanship session of the clinic from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first day. According to town recreation specialist Charlene Hunt, Sikora will teach good ground exercises to help gain the horse's attention and control before moving on to work in the saddle. After 1 p.m., Sikora has committed to remaining on site to work individually with those equestrians who are having specific problems with their horses. The fee for Saturday is $100 for horse and rider. With no horse, it is $25.

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 9, Sikora will focus on ground penning or getting control of a horse at liberty.

Once again, he will remain after 1 p.m. to work with individual riders and horses. The fees for Sunday are also $100 and $25.

To register or for more information, call Sikora at (602) 625-1961.

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