The velocity of a golf ball in the moment the driver strikes it can be as much as 148 miles per hour.
The impact of golfers in fund-raising tournaments is a priceless resource for the Rim Country.
Players in the Seventh Annual St. Vincent de Paul Tee Off for Hunger can convert their wining drives into prizes while the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank converts their fees into food for the less fortunate.
"The 2007 event raised $10, 000," said volunteer Bob Closs.
"We hope to exceed what we earned last year," tournament organizer, Richard Roy said.
The date for the four-person shotgun scramble is April 26. Tee-off time is 8 a.m. at the Payson Golf Course.
A donation of $70 ($45 for Payson Golf Course members) includes greens fee, cart and buffet.
Golfers must register by April 18.
The Saturday morning tournament offers golfers a chance at hole-in-one prizes.
"I've never had a hole-in-one. I've been close -- one roll of the ball away from the cup," Jim Scheidt, a veteran golfer said.
He did recall winning the longest drive in a tournament, once, when he drove his ball 300 hundred yards on a par five hole.
"It's not the thrill of golf I enjoy, mostly it is the camaraderie of the guys I play with," he said.
But the prices do entice golfers with ability.
The golfer who makes a hole-in-one on hole number 8 will win a 2008 Ford F150 truck. On hole number 2, the prize money is $10,000. The person who makes a hole-in-one shot on number 5 will head out to sea on a cruise. Hole number 14's prize is a golf club set, and hole number 17's reward is a Bose home audio system.
Scheidt has enjoyed the game for 45 years and now plays at least once a week.
He'll join the food bank tournament with friends Mike Miller and Jim Cooper. One of Cooper's friends will make up the foursome.
Foursomes can be made upon request. The minimum handicap is 50.
The balance of foursomes will be made up of A, B, C and D players based upon submitted handicaps.
Players with no handicap should submit an average for the past four games played.
A team's handicap is 20 percent of "A" player. "A" player must have a valid handicap. The food bank is currently seeking sponsors for tees, prizes and contests.
Tee sponsorship is $150, and a sign, in the shape of a golf ball, will be placed at "your" tee.
To sign up as a player or sponsor in the Tee Off for Hunger tournament, contact Richard at (928) 474-9559, or Joe at (928) 472-9688. Registration ends today -- April 18.
For love of the game
The Payson Women's Golf Association meets every Thursday at 9 a.m. PWGA yearly dues are $25 for the local club and $25 for the state organization's handicap fee. Members also pay local greens fees each time they play. Contact president Karen Peterson at (928) 474-6846 for more information.
The Payson Men's Golf Association dues are also $50 per year. They meet Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m.
The Payson Golf Course is located at 1504 W. Country Club Dr, Payson.
"The basic course is designed so you never want to be long on the holes, and you've got to hit it straight because this is kind of a tight course," PGC owner Harry Parsons said.
The course is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week until summer when it will open earlier. The phone number is (928) 474-2273.