Drive, Wine & Dine Starts Next Wednesday

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Jan Parsons is touting the fun, camaraderie and skill enhancement that beginning women golfers can enjoy during the “Drive, Wine and Dine” nights and also the healthy competition that traditionally highlights the Wednesday Businessmen’s Twilight golf play.

The Drive, Wine and Dine 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.

The weekly businessmen’s twilight league begins 5 p.m. May 4 at PGC and continues each Wednesday thereafter.

The fee is $25, which includes nine holes of golf, prize money and dinner catered by Teri’s Good Stuff.

For more information, call Parsons at (928) 978-7606 or e-mail her at Jan@paysongolfcourse.com.

Prep physicals May 4

Payson Regional Medical Center, along with several Payson Allied Health Professionals, will be offering $10 sports physicals for Rim Country Middle School and Payson High student athletes from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 4 in Wilson Dome. The day is designated a half-day of school, so those taking the exams will not miss any classes.

For the exams, student-athletes must pickup a physical and parent permission form from the school where they will be playing sports next year. Also, parents must sign the forms and fill out a complete medical history.

Exams will be good for the 2011-2012 school year.

All proceeds will be used to support the PHS sports medicine program.

Poker Ride in Tonto Basin

Tonto Basin businessman John Dryer and Laci Sopeland, a pair overseeing the upcoming the Third Annual Lorraine Cline Memorial Poker Ride, pre-rode the event route last week and promise it will be a safe but thrilling journey through some of Gila County’s most scenic wildlands, most of which are on the O bar C Ranch property in Tonto Basin.

“We should have good weather and it will be a great ride,” Dryer said.

The poker ride begins about 10 a.m. Saturday, April 30. at the ranch located at 1390 Ewing Trail.

Registration is at 9 a.m.

The jaunt is about 40 miles and is expected to take most of the day because there will be several stops along the way to receive playing cards that will make up each entrant’s poker hand. A stop will also be made where riders can enjoy a picnic lunch they pack and bring along.

A pair of the most interesting stops will be at the historic DuPont Cabin, where Dryer will pass out playing cards, and the Copper Mountain mining site.

Dryer, who was a good friend to Lorraine Cline and helps out each year with the benefit, says the DuPont Cabin, “is a spot you could never find unless you knew exactly where it was.”

He also describes the remote Copper Mountain “as an old mining claim that’s a lot of fun to look around.”

Last year about 80 entrants competed in the poker ride, but both Sopeland and Dryer are expecting more than 100 to enter the upcoming benefit.

The fee is $20 per poker hand and players may purchase multiple hands. Prize money will be paid to the top three hands.

Players must be 18 years or over to purchase poker hands.

The object is to pick up cards at preselected stops and have the best poker hand at the end of the run. Winning is purely a matter of chance.

All proceeds will benefit local cancer victims and their families.

For more information or for directions to the ranch, call (928) 978-1254 or (918) 978-0540.

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