Benefit Golf Tournament At Chaparral Pines


Non-members who’ve never had the opportunity to play the beautiful Chaparral Pines Golf Course, designed by Gary Panks, will have the chance Nov. 6 during the Community Chest Golf Tournament.

The 18-hole course features 7,019 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 73.2 and it has a slope rating of 138.

The tournament tees off with an 11 a.m. shotgun start and will be played in a two-person scramble format.

One half-hour prior to tee time, a registration and light lunch will be held in the clubhouse.

Following the tournament, at about 4 p.m., a barbecue reception complete with entertainment, beer and selected wines will cap the festivities.

Each player may bring a guest to the reception.

The entry fee is $250, which includes golf, lunch and prizes.

The tournament is held each year to benefit charities in and around Payson.

This year, the benefactors are Friends of Payson Parks and Recreation and the Friends of Tonto Natural Bridge.

To register for the tournament contact Sharon Strople ( from the Friends of Parks and Recreation or Derek Shreiner ( from the Friends of Tonto Natural Bridge.

Fishing tomorrow

Unlike some past tournaments the the weather is predicted to be warm and sunny for tomorrow’s 10th annual Payson Christian School Trout Tournament to be held 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Willow Springs Lake, located 32 miles east of Payson and north of Highway 260.

Some of the past frays, which annually mark the end of the summer fishing season on the Rim, have been conducted in bitterly cold weather, sometimes with snow.

For those reasons, tournament director Tracy Purtee always includes the disclaimer “Will be conducted in all types of weather” on registration forms.

The entry fee is $30 per person. The fee for children under 13 is $20. Fees include a tournament T-shirt.

Tournament day registration at the lake dock opens at 6 a.m. and closes at 7 a.m. Those who preregister must also check in before beginning to fish.

A one-hour weigh-in begins at 3 p.m. at the dock, which allows participants to catch-and-release if they wish to do so.

Awards and prizes will be given out at a ceremony beginning at 4 p.m. in the lake parking lot.

To find the site, anglers should look for a motor home with the sign “Payson Community Christian School.”

All entrants must be in possession of an Arizona fishing license and a trout stamp. Arizona Game and Fish laws limit an angler to six trout per day.

The minimum size trout that can be kept is 8 inches. The benefit will take place regardless of weather conditions.

Registration forms are available at

As in past years, students at PCCS will reap the benefits of the tournament.

President stepping down?

Payson Little League President Slade Gibson has done as much recently for Little League as anyone in the history of the program.

But it appears he is stepping down.

Gibson said midweek that current Little League officials “are looking for many positions to fill including president.”

So, he’s asking townspeople to consider running for one of the offices when upcoming elections are held.

While a final date has not been set for an upcoming meeting, Gibson says he’ll announce it early next week.


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