Niners Invite Lady Golfers To Join Pwga Fun

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The “Lady Niners” or Payson Women’s Golf Association Nine-Hole League is primed and ready to accept new members.

The only prerequisite is that golfers must be available for tournament play each Thursday morning through October. All tournaments are played at Payson Golf Course. The 2010 season will begin next April.

During August, the players enjoyed a successful campaign highlighted by the President’s Cup tournament contested over the course of two weeks at PGC. Norma Fallers swung her way to the tournament title out dueling runner-up Ann Adams and bronze medalist Isabella Sockrider.

During a fewest putts competition held a week later, Sockrider took first and Kelly O’Neill was second.

On the last tournament of the month, O’Neill won a “three-blind-mice” formatted tournament by edging past second-place finisher Judy McFall and the third-place finishing Adams.

During the month, Adams was also a closest-to-the-pin winner and posted a birdie. McFall won another closest-to-the-pin contest and Fallers also had a birdie.

For more information about the Lady Niners, call Kelly O’Neill at (928-478-0003).

After school

Town Trails and Outdoors Recreation Coordinator Mary McMullen is singing the praises of the “Hurray — It’s a Half-Day” program for elementary-aged school children which will soon be a town recreation offering.

“It is in line with our focus to get kids into the outdoors,” McMullen said.

It will be run by Michael Rose and his GeoKidz program which was the subject of a feature article in the sports section of the June 9 Payson Roundup.

McMullen says the town program will incorporate experimental, nature-based activities and field trips for kids to keep them busy and in nature while parents work.

“I think it is a fantastic opportunity for our Rim Country children to experience the outdoors in a safe environment,” McMullen said.

The only problem is, enrollment is not yet up to expectations and Rose and McMullen would like more children to become involved in the program.

The first class will be held noon to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 16.

Drop off and pick up of children will be at Rumsey Park.

Each program On television

Crystal Kanyuck, a reporter for the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University, will bring a video crew to Payson Tuesday, Sept. 8 to film a feature on the town’s Elk Watching Workshop.

The workshop will be held to 7:30 p.m., Sept. 8 at the Payson Police Department meeting room.

McMullen says the workshop has filled and there is a waiting list.

“We didn’t know how well this watchable wildlife program would be received but the turnout is tremendous,” she said.

Among those to be on hand to lead the workshop will be former PHS teacher-coach Bruce Sitko, now an Arizona Game and Fish officer. He will be joined by Randy Babb.

The workshop includes a trip to near Green Valley where elk viewing sessions will be held.

Tackle Box hosts sign-up

Call or stop by the Tackle Box (928-479-2493) in Tonto Basin to sign up for the upcoming two-man bass, crappie and catfish fishing tournament that will benefit the Tonto Basin Little Red School House.

The tournament will be held safelight to 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 4 at Roosevelt Lake with weigh-in at the Windy Hill Launch Ramp.

The entry fee is $110 of which $60 will go to the Little Red School House Fund and $50 to payouts to winning fishermen.

Payouts will be awarded to first through fifth places for a five-fish limit (one slot fish per angler) and a $25 big fish option.

The limit for crappie is 10 and is three for catfish.

Although the tournament will be the highlight of the day, a barbecue lunch, raffle and awards ceremony will be held at the Butcher Hook after the weigh-in. Two lunches and two raffle tickets are included in the tournament entry fee. Additional raffle tickets will be available at the barbecue for $1 each or 6 for $5. Additional barbecue tickets are $5 per person. The Butcher Hook will liven up with music from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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