Forget football and basketball, let the real sport, golf, begin.
That’s what members of the Payson Men’s Golf Association are proclaiming as they look forward to the March 16 opening of the 2011 season.
Opening day tees off at 7:30 a.m. at Payson Golf Course with the annual business meeting and breakfast.
Following the get-together, members will take to the course for their first tournament of the campaign, a scramble-formatted affair.
But before action begins, club spokesman Herb Sherman has issued an invitation to join the group and participate in the group’s bevy of competitions and festivities.
“We welcome anyone who wants to play — the membership fee is only $62,” he said.
Last year, there were 85 local players on the PMGA roster and Sherman is hoping that number soon grows.
Members play at PGC every Wednesday morning and the schedule includes a series of uniquely formatted events including a green ball plus three scramble, three clubs only low net, buck and doe and two-man alternate shot.
Also on the agenda are the traditional formats such as two-man best ball, low net and Ryder Cup-style tournaments.
During the season, the PMGA also hosts three major tournaments — President’s Cup, Club Championship and Two-Man Best Ball.
Finally on the calendar are several interclub frays including visits to Verde Santa Fe at Cottonwood, Elephant Rocks near Williams and Quailwood in Prescott Valley.
Throughout the season, men’s clubs from around small-town Arizona also travel to PGC for interclub showdowns.
In all, the PMGA plays about 35 tournaments each season.
Most importantly about the PMGA, it offers opportunities for players to enjoy healthy competition in a spirit of camaraderie and good will.
For more information, call Payson Golf Course at (928) 474-2273.