Mount Cross Golf Tourney

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Ed Blair has his fingers crossed hoping the proceeds from an upcoming golf tournament will be enough to help fund the building of a new worship center and offices spaces at Mount Cross Lutheran Church.

“We have money in the bank, but we need more,” said Blair, a longtime member of the congregation.

The benefit tournament, which will be played in a four-person best ball format, tees off 1 p.m., Friday, June 24 at the exclusive Rim Club golf course located just east of Payson.

A registration period will be held 11 a.m. to noon.

The fee is $100 for members of Rim Club, Chaparral Pines or Payson Golf Course and $125 for non-members.

The fee includes 18 holes of play, lunch and a barbecue dinner at the conclusion of the tournament.

The tournament also features a unique “non-golfers” option in which spouses and guests receive lunch, compete in a putting contest called “hit and giggle” and enjoy a cooking demonstration followed by the barbecue dinner.

The fee is $40 and the non-golfers should plan on arriving at the Rim Club at 2:30 p.m.

Following the tournament, an array of prizes will be given out, including a Phil Mickelson golf bag which Blair calls “our best prize.”

Also, there will be raffles and various tournament contests including one called “Beat the Kid,” Blair said.

In it, tournament golfers — on a preselected hole — will try to outhit Payson High School golf team member Tyler Apps.

Blair is calling the tournament “a day of golf fellowship and fun (to) help Mount Cross realize their vision for a new and larger worship facility.”

To register for the tournament, e-mail name, address and phone number to golf@mountcross.org.

Registration forms are also available at the Payson Roundup, 708 N. Beeline Hwy.

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