Tournament Time On Rim; In The Valley

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Former Payson High School football star Cable Morris, a member of the Longhorns’ 1998 undefeated state championship team, is issuing an invitation to his Rim Country friends to join him in a Valley-area benefit golf tournament.

Cable is now the general manager at Matrix Machine in the Valley and he’s serving as one of the directors for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Phoenix Chapter No. 67 19th Annual Charity Golf Tournament to be held Nov. 13 at the Arizona Grand Resort.

He calls the Grand Resort one of the Valley’s premier golf courses, and promises the event will be fun for all and a first-class golfing experience.

The tournament, which tees off at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start, will be a four-man scramble. The tournament fee is $110 per golfer, which includes green fees, bag handling, continental breakfast, cart, range balls, lunch and awards.

Extra lunch tickets are available for $20.

There will also be prizes for several challenges including hole-in-one, longest drive, longest putt, closest-to-the-pin and a putting contest. Goodie bags will also be given out to all entrants.

Golfers are encouraged to arrive at the resort early to take advantage of the continental and free-range balls.

Most importantly, all proceeds from the fray benefit SME education tion programs.

Applications for the tournament may be obtained at the Payson Roundup office, 708 N. Beeline Highway.

Tournament on TV

There have been many questions sent our way concerning when the FLW National Guard Western Series Bass Fishing Tournament held Sept. 22 to 25 at Roosevelt Lake can be seen on television.

It will be broadcast in high-definition on VERSUS “FLW Outdoors,” Oct. 31 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The program is hosted by Jason Harper and is broadcast to about 500 million households worldwide.

Youth hoops, coed volleyball

Today, Oct. 8, is the final day players can register for the town-sponsored seventh- and eighth-grade basketball league and for play in the adult coed volleyball league.

Earlier this week, town recreation coordinator Trevor LaHaye expressed his concerns that the youth basketball league might fold because registration has been slow and there might not be enough players to fill team rosters.

“If it (registration) does not pick up, the league will not be able to go through,” LaHaye said.

Games are played on Saturdays in the Rim Country Middle School gymnasium.

LaHaye is urging parents and their children to register before 5 p.m. today at recreation offices located at Green Valley Park or online at http://www.paysonrim country.com/Activities/ParksRec.aspx.

LaHaye also reminds residents that the adult co-ed volleyball league has only three teams signed up.

His hope is for a late surge in registration today, enabling the league to include both recreational and competitive divisions. The fee is $200 per team and games are played weekday evenings in the RCMS gymnasium.

For more information on basketball or co-ed volleyball, call LaHaye at (928) 474-5242, ext. 260.

Trout tourney tomorrow

The 11th Annual Fall Benefit Trout Fishing Tournament will be held 5 a.m. to 4 p.m., tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 9 at Willow Springs Lake, located 32 miles east of Payson and north of Highway 260.

Tournament-day registration at the lake dock opens at 6 a.m. and closes at 7 a.m. Fees are $30 per adult and $20 per child.

Those who have pre-registered must also check in before beginning to fish.

A one-hour weigh-in begins at 3 p.m. at the dock, which allows participants to catch-and-release if they wish to do so. Weigh-in closes at 4 p.m.

Awards and prizes will be given out at a ceremony beginning at 4 p.m. in the lake parking lot.

First-, second- and third-place trophies will be awarded for largest fish and most total weight in two categories.

Category No. 1 will include rainbow and/or German brown trout and category No. 2 is large and small mouth bass.

Throughout the day, $1 raffle tickets will be sold for a drawing to take place after the weigh-in.

In the past, the tournament has benefited the Christopher Kohl’s Fire Department and Payson Community Christian School.

This year, all profits will benefit the non-profit radio station 98.5 FM KCMA and the Let’s Talk Fishin’ program.

While the tournament benefactor has changed, what remains a constant about the tournament is that it offers throngs of heat-weary desert dwellers and local anglers one final fling of high country lake fishing competition before the snow flies.

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