The big winners in the Elks Clothe-a-Child Golf Tournament are the hundreds of needy children who will soon receive spanking new clothes and shoes.
“Between the golf tournament, bingo and raffles, we raised over $7,000 for this year’s program,” tournament chairman Becky Waer said.
“This is statewide, some of our (Elks) clubs (donate clothes) at Christmas and some before the first day of school.”
The Payson Elks Clothe-a-Child program, she added, “Does it through the schools, so it is kind of a confidential thing.”
She estimates that around Arizona, more than $100,000 worth of clothing will be given to children in need.
The Payson Elks tournament, which was held Aug. 1 at Payson Golf Course, drew 23 teams of 92 golfers.
“We had Elks members from Kearney, Sun City, Prescott, Flagstaff, Show Low, Phoenix West, Mesa Buckhorn and Scottsdale,” said Waer.
But none of those entrants could defeat the hometown championship foursome of Troy Neal, Terry Lindsey, Tony Mularski and Steve Vincent.
Winning is nothing new for Neal — just last week he played his way to the championship of the prestigious Payson Men’s Golf Association President’s Cup.
Success on the links is also no stranger to the 83-year-old Mularski who a month ago swatted the seventh hole-in-one of his career. The feat, coupled with his age, drew the Payson golfer statewide attention when a Phoenix television showed up to film a feature about him.
Waer lauded the tournament winners and all the other entrants saying their participation is crucial to the success of the Clothe-a-Child program.
Next year’s tournament will be held July 31 at Payson Golf Course.