Golfers Give Writer Good Ribbing

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Sometimes I’m forced to endure oodles of good-natured ribbing from members of the Payson Men’s Golf Association, especially its spokesman, Herb Sherman.

The ragging usually centers on PMGA member Troy Neal and the frequent number of times his name appears in Payson Roundup golf stories.

I think Herb and his golfing buddies figure because Troy and I were once teachers and coaches in Tempe and we both attended Arizona State University, I’m showing him some kind of favoritism in print.

But, hey, I don’t make the sports news, I just write it.

So when Troy aces a hole, wins a tournament or racks up another of his frequent closest-to-the-pin victories, it’s my job to write it.

Over time, I’ve learned to shrug off most of the golfers’ mocking, but a recent instance had even me chuckling.

It occurred after a mug shot of Troy was published on the June 28 sports page, along with a short story about the former Tempe High basketball coach scoring his ninth closest-to-the-pin win of the season.

From what I’ve been told, several PMGA members asked Herb where I got the picture of Troy.

The truth is, I took it from a photo I snapped years ago when doing a news piece about Troy and several fellow PMGA members scurrying to the aid of a fellow golfer who had suffered a heart attack.

But that explanation is not what Herb told those who asked about the picture.

The word is that Herb, a former high school basketball coach at Scottsdale Coronado, answered the question with something akin to, “Max took it out of the frame on his desk.”

Wow, Herb, that was brutal.

When I finally had the opportunity to tell Herb where the picture really originated, his only reply was, “I think my answer is much better.”

Youth football sign-up tomorrow

Payson Youth Football Association president Daniel Way is reminding parents that a player registration will be held from 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow, Saturday, July 9 at Chapman Auto Center. The fee is $125.

“Teams are filling up, so players need to get signed up,” said Way.

Draft day and final sign-ups will be 9 a.m., Saturday, July 23 at the north Rumsey Park field.

For more information, call Way at (928) 978-6560.

Fire on the Rim

The Mountain Bike Association of Arizona and the Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Committee is sponsoring the Fire on the Rim race to be held Aug. 6 on trails and roads around the two tiny mountain towns.

Racers will compete in one of 11 age/experience divisions and medals will be awarded in each division for first, second and third place.

Racers will also receive “Goodie Bags” and raffle prizes will be awarded.

PSFRC spokesman Ernie Borgoyne says the committee has worked diligently for months to insure the race is a top-notch event in which visitors feel welcome.

“We want it to be a yearly race that people look forward to,” he said.

The entry fee for the under 18-years age division is $25 if preregistered and $35 on race day.

Fee for the seven adult categories is $50, but increases to $60 on race day.

There will also be a three-member team competition with fees of $150 and $180 on the day of the event.

For more information or to register for the race, go to: http:// fireontherim.com/default.aspx.

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