While some small town athletes have trouble adjusting to the demands of college life, Trevor Haught doesn’t appear to be one of them.
The 2008 Payson High School graduate is attending New Mexico State University in Las Cruces where he is a member of the rodeo team and is pursuing a degree in agriculture business.
He’s attending the school on a full-ride scholarship and says he’s competed this season in three college rodeos and a few professional events.
“I haven’t won anything big, but I’m coming around,” he said.
Last spring, Trevor won the Arizona State High School bareback championship and earned a berth in the National High School Championships held in Farmington, N.M.
There, he finished 22nd competing against some of the finest young cowboys from around the country.
Last May at the Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo at the Payson Event Center, Haught — while competing against seasoned professional cowboys — finished fourth in the bareback riding by turning in a score of 61 on Border Town.
As a junior at PHS he was also a state champion bareback rider and finished seventh nationally.
After graduating from PHS, he considered attending four colleges that have rodeo teams — Mesa Land in New Mexico, Feather River in California and Lamar in Colorado before accepting the scholarship to New Mexico State.
The Community Chest Golf Tournament set for Nov. 6 at Chaparral Pines has been postponed due to lack of entrants.
The tournament was originally to benefit the Friends of Payson Parks and Recreation and the Friends of Tonto Natural Bridge.
Bill Ensign, a member of both “friends” groups said it is possible the tournament could be rescheduled for some time in the spring.
Ensign said the lack of golfing entrants could be attributed to tough economic times in the Rim Country.
He also said the entry fee of $250 per golfer would be revisited and possibly lowered if the tournament is held in the spring.
Golf at Grand Resort
A golf tournament that is being held, even though it is in the Valley, is one one hosted by former Payson High School football star Cable Morris, now the general manager at Matrix Machine Corporation in the Valley. Cable has issued an invitation for all his Payson friends to join him in the Society of Manufacturing Engineers 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.