The Community Chest Golf Tournament is an ideal way to enjoy a round of golf on the exclusive Chaparral Pines course and at the same time lend a helping hand to needy local charities.
The tournament is sponsored each year by either The Rim Club or Chaparral Pines as a way for the two organizations to give back to the community.
The only snafu in the plan is that last year the tournament was canceled when not enough golfers registered for play.
At the time, organizers blamed the sagging economy for the cancellation.
Others said the entry fee, which was $250, was too steep.
Cost, however, can’t be an excuse for the 2010 event to be held Aug. 29 at Chaparral Pines because organizers have cut the price for non-members in half, it’s now $125.
Rim Club and Chaparral Pines members may enter for $95.
The fee includes golf, reception and prizes.
The dinner reception begins at 4:30 p.m. in the Chaparral Pines clubhouse. Each player may bring a guest to the reception for $25.
Registration is at 11:30 a.m. and the tournament gets off to a shotgun start one hour later. The format is two-person scramble.
For those who’ve never had the opportunity to play the beautiful course, designed by Gary Panks, the Community Chest tourney is a great way to enjoy the course for the first time.
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.
Last year the benefactors of proceeds from the tournament were to be Friends of Payson Parks and Recreation and Friends of Tonto Natural Bridge.
Needless to say, none benefited because the tournament was canceled.
This year, the benefactors are the Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Fund, Kiwanis and once again, Friends of Payson Parks and Recreation.
When registering, entrants should contact their charity of choice directly. The deadline is Aug. 18.
• To play for Friends of Parks and Recreation, contact Brad Wright at (928) 468-4350 or visit National Bank of Arizona, 804 S. Beeline Highway. Signups may also be completed online at www.friendsofpayson.org.
• To play for the Kiwanis Club call Brian Tollefson at (928) 474-2588 or visit Kevin Dick Investments at 715 Beeline Highway, Suite A. Tollefson may be e-mailed at email@example.com.
• To play for the Gracie Lee Haught fund, contact Louise Echols at (928) 472-2588 or visit the GLH office at 308 E. Aero. The e-mail is: firstname.lastname@example.org.