The Tonto Rim Sports Club Expo, set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, June 7 at the Jim Jones Shooting Range, is a great way to introduce teenagers and newcomers to target shooting, hunting and the safe handling of firearms.
Also, the expo will offer longtime shooters and marksmen the opportunity to learn the latest in the sport and tour the upgraded TRSC facilities.
“A myriad of activities will include demonstrations of recreation shooting in archery, cowboys, practical and tactical, black powder, small bore and large bore, as well as silhouette target events,” TRSC member Charlie Thompson said. “Of course, a highlight is always the demonstration by Payson SWAT and the youth archery program.”
Following the demonstrations, visitors will have the opportunity to target shoot with both pistols and rifles.
Also vendors, outfitters and longtime TRSC members will be at the range to answer questions.
Those who wish to join TRSC at the expo may do so at a reduced rate of $25 for the remainder of the year.
The range is located 2.2 miles south of the Mazatzal Casino off the Beeline Highway, to reach it, turn left onto a gravel road and drive 1.5 miles to the entrance. The route will be clearly marked with signs.
For more information, call Thompson at (928) 468-1521.
The upcoming Jack Morris Memorial Tournament will offer an opportunity to enjoy 18 holes of golf all the while reliving fond memories of the former coach the fray honors.
Morris died Feb. 23, 2004 of complications from a stroke. He was 34 at the time of his death and an assistant coach for the Longhorn football team.
In 1998, he was the line coach on the undefeated PHS team that won the Class 3A state championship.
The memorial tournament, which is open to all amateur golfers, tees off at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, June 20 with a shotgun start at Payson Golf Course.
The entry fee is $85 per player, which includes green fees, cart, and food and prize money.
“We need as many players as possible because the money is for the kids,” tournament director Gary Cordell said.
All proceeds benefit the Payson High School football program and to fund a scholarship that goes each year to a deserving PHS graduate.
Prizes will include closest-to-the-pin awards on all par-3 holes, longest drive in the fairways and a hole-in-one prize on a pre-selected hole.
The tournament golf committee is currently accepting other raffle prizes and hole sponsors. All donations are tax-deductible and a tax ID number is available. For more information about the tournament, call Cordell at (928) 970-1584.
Town hosts youth golf
It’s not too late for fledgling golfers to take advantage of four fun-filled weeks of instruction from experts during a town-sponsored youth golf program.
The fee is $30 to play golf Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays during the weeks of June 8, 15, 22 and 29.
Youths 10 to 16 years are eligible and can register at the Parks, Recreation and Tourism office from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Camp sessions will be held 1 to 3 p.m.
Instructors will come from a field of local veterans, PHS golf team members and golf pros.
All golf practice and games will take place at Payson Golf Course.
Each child who registers will receive a golf shirt as well as an end-of-season tee-off at Payson Golf Course.
Equipment is provided for both right- and left-handed players. Those who want to bring your own clubs may do so.