Women Golfers Invited To Check Out Fun With The Pwga

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Claudia Bullard loves to play golf and wants to share her passion with women around the Rim Country.

So she’s making a big-time pitch for aspiring golfers to join the Payson Women’s Golf Association 18-hole group.

“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.”

The season tees off at 9 a.m., Tuesday, March 30 with the traditional first-day breakfast, which will be held at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino.

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

This season, the PWGA will 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

At least 10 vacancies remain in the Town of Payson’s Youth Archery program designed for students in fourth- through 12th-grade.

As of press time, the 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. session (#1) had three vacancies and the 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. session (#2) had seven openings.

Town recreation coordinator Mary McMullen said if both sessions do not fill soon, a decision would have to be made on merging the two classes into one.

The program is to be offered each Tuesday and Thursday from March 30 to April 22 at the Julia Randall Elementary School’s new gymnasium.

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.

MSA tickets on sale

Banquet tickets remain available for the Mogollon Sporting Association’s 18th annual benefit banquet to be held May 1 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino.

Individual tickets are $75 if purchased before April 1 and after that date, increase to $80.

The ticket price includes a prime rib dinner, a fun-filled evening, the chance to take home prizes and plenty of old-fashioned, small-town camaraderie.

Tickets are available from any MSA member or by calling Jack Koon at (928) 474-1662.

Those who attend, which in the past has included some of the town’s most accomplished residents, do so knowing their celebratory evening benefits local youth programs, schools, outdoor and wildlife enhancement projects and the economy.

Since the inception of the MSA, the organization has earned more than $1 million, all of which has gone to local causes.

Most importantly, all MSA members are volunteers, the organization is nonprofit and all proceeds are used to enhance quality of life in the Rim Country.

The benefit tips off at 4 p.m. with a no-host cocktail hour and continues late into the evening with the dinner, live and silent auctions, general raffles and special raffles.

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