Pwga Gets Set To Hit The Links

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Make no mistake, the Payson Women’s Golf Association 18-hole group is a festive, fun-loving group of linksters. But they are also very competitive.

And this season, the members are anxious to begin swinging into what could be one of their finest and most successful seasons ever.

It all tees off at 9 a.m., Tuesday, March 30 with the traditional first-day breakfast to be held at the Mazatzal Casino.

League play starts 9 a.m., Tuesday, April 6 at Payson Golf Course, the site of most of the PWGA’s tournaments.

PWGA member Claudia Bullard and her fellow members have issued an invitation to join the association and enjoy the festivities and camaraderie.

“We have a fun season with lots of social activities as well as tournaments,” Bullard said. “Come join us for a great year and fun on the course.”

This season, the PWGA will also be well represented at Arizona Women’s Golf Association and Northern Arizona Women’s Golf Association tournaments around the state.

For those competitions, the PWGA sends “a group of women that play in a team format against other state women’s groups,” Bullard said.

Weekly tournaments are played each Tuesday morning at PGC. To register for PWGA play, call Bullard at (602) 284-4812.

Youth archery remains open

Vacancies remain in the Town of Payson’s Youth Archery program designed for students in 4th through 12th grade.

The program will be offered each Tuesday and Thursday from March 30 to April 22 at the Julia Randall Elementary School’s new gymnasium. Session one will be held 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. and session two 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

Certified archery instructors will teach the classes.

The registration fee is $30 and sign-up may be done online at www.paysonparks.com or at P&R offices located at Green Valley Park. Call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 for more information.

Soccer players needed

Town of Payson Sports Coordinator Joseph Harris is pitching a plea for an upcoming youth soccer league.

“It’s such a neat program, and so many of our young athletes participate in it,” he said. “I want everyone to have a chance to be a part of it.”

At press time, only about one half of the youths who participated last season had signed up for 2010 play.

Parents who have not yet registered their children should do so as soon as possible on the town’s website or in person at P&R offices located at Green Valley Park.

Registration, which began on Jan. 26, wraps up March 14 and games will begin at the end of this month. All games will be played at Rumsey Park. The registration fee is $25, the late fee is $30, which includes a team jersey and an end-of-the-year pizza party.

Also, a soccer camp for both players and coaches will be held at the onset of the season.

Age group division this season will be: Pre-K-K (ages 4-5 years), first and second grades, third and fourth grades, fifth and sixth grades, seventh and eighth grades and high school.

For more information, call Harris at (928) 474-5242, ext. 359.

Helping Brandon

Playing professional golf has been a longtime dream of Brandon Kelley. After a highly successful college career, he’s now knocking on the door of big time success, having just won his first professional tournament. But playing professionally requires a substantial amount of money to pay entry fees, traveling costs costs and other expenses.

As Brandon continues his quest to make good as a pro and represent his hometown to the best of his ability, he’s in need of donations from sponsors.

So, if you’d like to see one of Payson’s finest young men continue to pursue his dreams, a monetary contribution would be a huge boost.

You can bet the family farm, he will be extremely grateful for any financial help he receives.

Donations can be mailed to him at: Brandon Kelley, 706 W. Sherwood, Payson, AZ 85541 or call him at (928) 978-1562.

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