Charitable Tradition Tees Off

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Chaparral Pines and the Rim Golf Club have united to offer a golf tournament full of fun and good intentions.

The inaugural Community Chest Golf Tournament on May 7 at the Rim Golf Club provides an enjoyable opportunity for residents of the Rim Country to contribute to local charitable organizations.

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The Rim Country is the perfect location for golf -- Chaparral Pines and The Rim Golf Club are sponsoring the first-ever Community Chest Golf Tournament in May, to raise money for five local charities.

Five charities -- Big Brothers Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, Payson Community Kids, Payson Gateway Project and Payson Pro Rodeo Committee for Scholarships -- will benefit in the first of a continuing series of golf tournaments.

The format of the tournament is an 18-hole, two-person scramble. Two-person teams with the best scores will compete for prizes, but the tournament is more about fun than competition, said Mark Lyons, Chaparral Pines club manager.

"This tournament is a good opportunity for people to come see the Rim and have a really fun day," he said. "We want to offer this up for a chance to give back to the community."

Registration fees are $250 per player or $500 per team. Golfers make their registration payments directly to the charity of their choice.

Lyons said, about 30 golfers have already registered to play. The tournament can host as many as 72 golfers and, Lyons said, he hopes it will be at capacity by May.

There are several larger packages available for donation as well, including a hole sponsorship that is primarily for businesses who want to donate.

Registration for the tournament and lunch begin at 10:30 a.m. and tee time is scheduled for noon. A barbecue reception at the Rim clubhouse will immediately follow the tournament at 5:30 p.m. for players and their guests. The reception will include entertainment and a silent auction.

"We're looking forward to building a tradition of this tournament every year," Lyons said.

Tournament organizers hope to make this tournament a bi-annual charity event. The next Community Chest tournament is scheduled for November at Chaparral Pines Golf Club.

For more information about the tournament, the charities involved or to register to play, contact the charities directly.

E-mails are the preferred method of contact: Robert Henley for Big Brothers Big Sisters at rhenley@bbbsaz.org; Ross Hage for Habitat for Humanity at ross.hage@edwardjones.com; Terry Nelson for Payson Community Kids at trnelson476@hotmail.com; Nancy Cox for Payson Gateway Project at willardc@earthlink.net; and John Landino for Payson Pro Rodeo Committee for Scholarships at johnlandino@yahoo.com.

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