As one of Cable Morris’ former teachers and coaches, I came to believe he was more interested in playing football than academics.
But that’s completely understandable — many teenage boys are like that.
I also knew in the 10 years since Cable graduated from Payson High, he had grown and matured but my perception of him, which was honed more than a decade ago, was shaken when I received an e-mail recently telling me he is the chairman of the Phoenix Chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engine-ers.
He writes he is hosting a charity golf tournament to raise money for student manufacturing scholarships, “the youth of manufacturing in the United States is something I’m very passionate about.”
Wow, that was different coming from the Cable I remember. My recollections of him were, “coach I can get open on the 900 bootleg” or in the classroom, “Mr. Foster, I didn’t punch Hunter with my pencil, he’s lying.”
Cable is now the general manager at Matrix Machine corporation in the Valley and he’s issued an invitation to all his Payson friends to join him in the Phoenix Chapter No. 67 19th Annual Charity Golf Tournament to be held Nov. 7 at the Arizona Grand Resort.
He calls the Grand Resort one of the Valley’s premier golf courses and promises the event will be fun for all.
The tournament, which tees off at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start, will be a four-man scramble. The tournament fee is $99 per golfer and includes green fees, bag handling, continental breakfast, cart, range balls, lunch and awards.
Extra lunch tickets are available for $30.
There will also be prizes for several challenges including hole-in-one, longest drive, longest putt, closest-to-the-pin and a putting contest. Goodie bags will also be given out to all entrants.
Golfers are encouraged to arrive at the resort early to take advantage of the continental breakfast and free range balls.
Most importantly, all proceeds from the fray benefit SME education programs.
Applications for the tournament may be obtained at the Payson Roundup, 708 N. Beeline Highway.
Playing Chaparral Pines
The opportunity to play the beautiful Chaparral Pines Golf Course, designed by Gary Panks, awaits on 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.
A 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) from the Friends of Parks and Recreation or Derek Shreiner (Derek.email@example.com) from the Friends of Tonto Natural Bridge.