After deliberating for days on whether or not to hold the Payson Senior Softball Tournament, Payson team member Lou Felix and town recreation coordinator Mary Wolf have decided to host the fray despite the fact some teams being counted on to participate pulled out at the last minute.
The tournament will now be an abbreviated shoot-out to begin at 10 a.m., Monday, April 11 and continue through the following day, Tuesday.
Games will be played both days from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Rumsey Park west fields.
Payson will be represented by the Cougar Seniors.
Also participating will be two Mesa teams, and one each from Fountain Hills and Prescott.
There is no admission charge and spectators are welcome.
All players are over 60 years of age and one Cougar is 79 years old.
Benefit barbecue postponed
Due to the expected bad weather today, April 8, the planned barbecue benefit for the Lady Longhorn softball program has been postponed to April 22.
The event is the Lady Horns’ barbecue fund-raiser that annually attracts throngs of fans eager to taste Albert Hunt’s deep-pit beef that has long tickled the palates of those who savor outdoor cooking.
The meal consists of down-home delicious beef, beans, salad and a drink for $6. It will be served from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the field concession stand.
Dinner tickets are available at the door or from coach Kadi Tenney at (928) 468-1838.
As of press time, the games scheduled for this afternoon and evening will continue as planned. There is a junior varsity game at 4 p.m. and a varsity clash at about 6 p.m. Both are against archrival Blue Ridge.
The baseball team is scheduled to meet the Yellow Jackets at 7 p.m.
Because the game is an East Region clash, it will carry considerable weight in power point rankings and could prove to be a bit of revenge for the Lady Longhorns’ gut-wrenching 5-4 loss March 29 to BRHS in Lakeside.
That game went into extra innings prompting fans of both teams to predict today’s clash should be another barnburner.
Drive, wine and dive
Jan Parsons is inviting fledgling women golfers to join in on the fun, camaraderie and skill enhancement that can be enjoyed during the “Drive, Wine and Dine” nights next month at Payson Golf Course.
The events, which are priced $15 for each night, will be held at 5 p.m., May 3, 10, 17 and 24.
Parsons says the sessions are designed to “teach golf basics, practice what you learn, eat, drink and socialize.”
She says the sessions are also for ladies who want to learn to play golf as well as those who are beginning golfers.
This is the second year, Parsons has hosted the sessions and based on the 2010 success, this season’s events could be memorable ones.
For details, call Parsons at (928) 978-7606 or e-mail her at Jan@paysongolfcourse.com.
Junior rules clinic
Chaparral Pines and the Junior Golf Association of Arizona will host a free junior golfer rules clinic from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, April 25 at the course located east of Payson.
Before junior golfers can participate in any JGAA events, they are required to attend one of the various clinics held around the state.
Rene Apps, a resident of Chaparral Pines, is encouraging local youth to attend the Payson-area clinic.
Junior golfers and those on the high school team are welcome to attend.