Pioneer Golf Tourney Will Benefit Kids


The 12th annual Pioneer Title Golf Tournament will, for the second successive year, benefit Payson Community Kids.

Previous tournaments were held to benefit Payson Area Habitat for Humanity.

The upcoming fray, which features a scramble format, tees off at 8 a.m. Aug. 9 at Payson Golf Course.

The entry fee is $75, which includes green fees, cart and lunch.

Players will be vying for the top prize of a round of golf for three and lunch at Chaparral Pines.

A hole-in-one on a pre-selected hole will be worth $25,000 in prize money. There will also be prizes for longest drive for men and women.

"We are still in the process of getting other prizes together, said Kim Muller of Pioneer Title.

If there is a past tournament that set the excitement standard for all others to follow, it was the ninth annual fray held in 2005. Following 18 holes of play the team of Willie Ingram, Wes Moore, Mark Suir and Guy Fisher deadknotted the foursome of Bruce Rosch, Aaron Watkins, Wes Lasiter and Tom Flynn. Both checked in 16 under par.

A chip off was held to determine the ultimate championship team, which turned out to be Ingram, Moore, Suir and Fisher.

For more information about the upcoming tournament or to enter, call Muller at (928) 474-3235.

Calling all cats

The Payson Cougars senior slowpitch softball team is looking for players 60-years-of-age and older.

The team practices at 9 a.m., Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the Rumsey II field.

"All skill levels are welcome," team member Jay Larson said. "Come out and play and get some exercise."

For more information, call Larson at (928) 970-1381.

Tickets at the door

Lady Longhorn volleyball coach Arnold Stonebrink wants everyone to know tickets to the team's steak dinner will be available at the door as well as advanced purchases from him, assistant coach Trevor Creighton and at Payson Eye Care.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children 10-years-and-younger.

"The price is very affordable and the dinner is available to anyone, whether you are alumni, friends or family," Stonebrink said.

The dinner kicks off at 5 p.m., Aug. 1 and will be followed by an alumni volleyball tournament at 7 p.m. There is no admission to the tournament.

The meal menu includes steak, beans, salad and rolls.

Following the meal, the volleyball tournament will begin inside Wilson Dome.

"It will be open to anyone who has ever played varsity volleyball for Payson," Stonebrink said. "I will also enter a varsity team."

Since the idea of hosting the dinner and tournament in the same evening was first hatched, Stonebrink has been calling alumni hoping to attract enough former players to form one graduate team to play his so-called varsity.

"As I called to gauge interest, the response was pleasantly overwhelming," he said. "So I decided to make it a tournament."

The coach now anticipates there will be at least three, and possibly four, alumni teams

Among those former Lady Horns participating will be Haylee Huff, a three-year varsity setter who wrapped up her career in 2004, Stonebrink's first year at the helm of the program.

"I called and asked Haylee if she would be there and she said, ‘heck, yeah' and then proceeded to start trash talking, even though there was no one yet to trash talk to."

Huff, a Grand Canyon University senior majoring in nursing, says she is stoked about the idea of playing with some of her former teammates.

"We're hoping Britney Owens, Rikki Ray, Celena DeSchaaf, Retosha Marshall and some others can come back and play," she said.

Four years ago, Huff and Marshall were senior All-Grand Canyon Region honorees for the Lady Horns.

Huff's enthusiasm over the upcoming game has convinced Stonebrink that the skirmish will be a spirited one that should provide the school and the town with links to the past.

The coach would also like all alumni to know that it's not too late to enter a team.

"If players would like to band together to form a team, they can do that," he said. "Otherwise we will divide the alumni up on teams."

The teams will be formed the evening of the tournament, Stonebrink said.

He is, however, hoping the alumni can form their own squads with a central theme.

"Such as the Sommars sisters or the 2004 team," he said.

Alumni interested in participating or anyone wanting dinner tickets should call Stonebrink at (928) 468-6903 or Creighton at (928) 595-1844.

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