Student athletes interested in participating in Payson High School football this season should plan on attending the Longhorn team camp July 19-21 on the school campus.
Registration for the camp will begin at 9 a.m., Monday, July 19 in Wilson Dome.
The fee is $50, which is a significant reduction from the last few years when it was $150.
First-year coach Byron Quinlan said he decided to cut costs of the camp to help the players and their families defray this year’s new participation fees, which now are $200. Last year the pay-to-play fee was $60.
Included in the camp fee are all meals, which will be served in the school cafeteria.
The athletes will reside in old Payson High School gym on cots, bedrolls and air mattresses they furnish themselves. The camp is open to student athletes entering ninth- through 12th-grade.
Camp activities will include skull sessions, 7-on-7 passing games, conditioning, stretching, physical training and practices in which the nuances of the offense and defense will be taught.
Summer camps have long been a method for athletes to prepare for the upcoming season and for coaches to evaluate their players and plug them into the positions where they can best help the team.
Help Elks clothe a child
The Clothe-A-Child benefit golf tournament sponsored by the local Elks Club will be played July 31 at Payson Golf Course.
Check-in is at 7 a.m. and an hour later, golfers take to the course with a shotgun start. The format is four-man teams of best-ball play and golfers who do not have a team will be assigned one.
The fee is $80 per golfer, which includes 18 holes of play with a cart, lunch, raffle prizes and awards for closest-to-the-pin and straightest drive. The fee for members of Payson Golf Course is $60.
The evening of the local tournament, cocktails, dinner, silent auction, music and dancing will be held at Payson Elks Lodge #2154.
Coffee and donuts will also be served prior to the start of play at PGC.
The day before the tournament, the Elks Lodge lounge will open at noon. Live music and a silent auction begin at 6 p.m., with dinner served from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
For those who don’t golf, there will also be plenty of activities going on at the lodge including bingo from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Non-golfers can also purchase lunch ($5) and dinner tickets ($15), which will be available at the lodge.
For those with RVs, hookups and dry sites will be available at the local lodge.
The fee is $5 for a dry site and $15 for hookup. There is also a dump station at the lodge.
Visiting golfers can reserve rooms at Best Western Inn of Payson for reduced rates. Room reservations must be made by July 16.
Reservations to play must be made by the deadline on July 17.
Tournament organizers are also in need of tee sponsors. For a minimum donation of $25, a 2-by-1-1/2 foot sign on a tee box at PGC will acknowledge sponsors.
All proceeds benefit the Elks Clothe-a-Child program.
Entry forms are available at the Elks Lodge located at 1206 N. Beeline Highway.
For more information, call Becky Waer at (928) 476-3678, or the lodge at (928) 474-2572.