Jack Morris Tourney Had Full Field


The Jack Morris Memorial Golf tournament was highlighted by the play of Buddy Morris, Jared Prock, Kevin Kelley and Dave Herbert, who won the fray with a card of 21 under par.

The closest-to-the-pin prizes were given to Joe Bogey, Randy Lucas and Bob Lucas. Rod Lucas won the longest drive prize.

A full field of 28 teams participated in the tournament, which is played each year in the memory of Jack Morris, who died Feb. 23, 2004 of complications from a stroke. Jack was 34 at the time of his death and an assistant coach for the Longhorns. In 1986, he was a senior member of the PHS team that reached the state championship.

His jersey number 70 has been retired at Payson High School.

Jack Morris Tournament Director Gary Cordell, who helped found the memorial, would like to thank all those who contributed to the 2007 event, which was played June 23 at Payson Golf Course.

Cordell's thank you:

"This year's tournament was another success. The prizes were great, as always, with the local business community continuing to support the fund-raising with prizes like $600 teeth whitening from High Desert Dentistry, three days and two nights stay at Kohl's Ranch, $250 Ray-Ban sunglasses certificate from Payson Eye Care, $200 certificate to Legacy Furniture, $100 certificate to Arizona Fly Fishing and many more.

"Thank you to our major sponsors who were generous again this year. They included Sysco, the Mahoney Group, Mazatzal Casino, Matrix Machine, C Bar C, Gone Hunting Homes and the Anderson Dental Group.

"And many thanks to all the other prize contributions from so many businesses, to the hole sponsors, many of whom were from the Morris extended family.

The memorial is provided through the Payson Friends and Neighbors Club. A scholarship of $1,500 will be donated from the proceeds each year to a Payson High School graduate.

The remainder of the proceeds will go to support the football program.

In 2005, the FAN Club incorporated into a nonprofit fund-raising organization.

The club officers are President Tim Dougherty, vice president Kim Blazer, Treasurer Kristi Ford and Secretary Mike Halenar.

To date, the FAN Cub has generated over $98,000 to various athletic and non-athletic school programs. This tournament is one of the larger fund-raisers.

This year's tournament will allow the FAN Club to donate another $1,500 scholarship in Jack Morris's name and close to $6,000 to the football program.

"The event could not be carried out without the great volunteers, including Joe and Jan Wilson, Monica Savage, Judy Cordell, Jim "Pops" York, Connie Miller, Vernon Randall, Albert Hunt, Pam Walden, F.A.N. Club officers and many of the varsity team members."

The Haught festivities

The schedule for the upcoming Gracie Haught benefits, which includes team roping, barrel racing and family festivities, has been set.

The team-roping event kicks off at 8 a.m. Aug. 11 at the Payson Event Center. Gates open at 7 a.m.

The 2007 Gracie Haught Memorial Jackpot Barrel Race begins 7 p.m. Aug. 10, also in the event center.

In addition to the roping on Saturday, members of Gracie Lee's family will host several games and contests including a cakewalk, fishing booth and others.

"We'll have entertainment, fun and food," said Bobbie Jo Haught, Gracie's mother.

The highlight of the day could be the drawing for a 2007 Ford Ranger pickup. It will be held at the close of the roping events and ticket holders do not need to be present to win.

Tickets are $10 each or three for $25 and are available at Mogollon Health Alliance, the chamber of commerce or from Bobbie Jo Haught, by calling (928) 978-2397.

Jackpot barrel racing books open at 5:30 p.m. and cash only entry fees are accepted. The entry fee is $35 per run and $10 for the peewee 10-years-and-under event. The peewee runs will immediately precede the adult racing.

The format will be 4D, which means all competitors will be racing in divisions against other riders who have posted similar times.

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

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