Payson High School football coach Byron Quinlan is hoping a full field will show up at Payson Golf Course when the Jack Morris Memorial Golf Tournament tees off at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, June 18 with a shotgun start.
A good turnout would bode well for the football team, which depends on the proceeds from the tournament to purchase much-needed items that cannot be paid for with the cash-strapped athletic budget.
For the upcoming tournament, Gary Cordell, who served as event director for seven years, has stepped down, turning over tournament responsibilities to the Morris family.
Under Cordell’s stewardship, the tournament grew in stature to become one of the Rim Country’s most popular benefits, annually earning thousands of dollars for the Payson High School football program and a memorial scholarship given each spring to a graduating PHS senior.
Former PHS football coach Josh Anderson remembers the tournament earning a whopping $10,500 in 2007, his first year at the helm of the program.
The entry fee is $85 per player, which includes green fees, cart, food and prize money.
Prizes will include closest-to-the-pin awards on two par-3 holes, longest drive in the fairways and a hole-in-one prize on a pre-selected hole. The tourney committee is accepting raffle prizes and hole sponsors. All donations are tax-deductible and a tax ID number is available.
Jack died Feb. 23, 2004 in a Phoenix hospital of complications from a stroke. He was 34 at the time of his death.
Jack’s coaching career began in 1995 as an assistant at Rim Country Middle School and peaked in 1998 as the line coach on the undefeated state championship PHS team.
After Jack’s one year at RCMS, he was obviously hooked on coaching and moved to the high school where he coached undefeated freshman and junior varsity squads.
At the time of his death, Jack was serving as an assistant to then-PHS head coach Jerry Rhoades.
In 1986, he was a senior member of the Longhorn team that advanced to the state championship where it lost a 7-0 heartbreaker to Snowflake. His jersey number 70 was retired in 2004 during homecoming and now hangs in Wilson Dome.
Entry forms are available at the Payson Roundup, 708 N. Beeline Highway, or Payson Golf Course. The deadline is June 13 or after 110 golfers register. For more information about the tournament, call Dawn Sweeney at (928) 978-4357.
Volleyball on deck
Lady Longhorn volleyball coach Arnold Stonebrink is teaming with the parks and recreation department to host a youth skills camp June 27-28 in Wilson Dome. Also on the volleyball agenda, the coach hosts open gym in the dome 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. each Wednesday until July 14.
The camp, for elementary school age students, is the one Stonebrink hosts each summer in cooperation with the parks department.
“Parents can fill out registration forms and pay at the parks and rec department,” said Stonebrink.
The fee is $30, which includes a T-shirt.
Sessions on both days will be held 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
The PHS staff and select players will conduct the camp.
The open gym sessions are for high school girls and the cost is $10 for the summer.
Registration forms can be obtained during any session.
At the camp and open gym, participants will be taught the six basic skills: serve, pass, set, attack, block and dig. Each of these skills comprises a number of specific techniques that have been introduced over the years and are now considered standard practice.
For more information on any of the camps, call Stonebrink at (928) 474-2233.