Paysonites Put Their Mettle To The Pedal


Cypress Gorry wasn’t the only Payson rider performing well at the Mountain Bike Association-hosted Prescott Punisher race on May 21.

Tanner Morgan and Jerry Baker also came away with first-place medals.

Morgan, a member of the U.S. Air Force station in Yuma, was the Category 3, 19-29-years division champion; and Jerry Baker, owner of Payson Athletic Club, rode his way to the gold medal in the Category 3, 30-39-years division.

During Morgan’s years at Payson High School he was one of the Longhorns’ finest cross-country and long-distance runners in track and field.

Baker is new to mountain bike racing, having just taken up the sport this year.

The Prescott race was the sixth and final in the MBAA 2011 season. Other races were held at Globe, White Tanks, Fort McDowell and McDowell Mountain.

Elks host benefit golf

Pine librarian Becky Waer, also a member of the Payson Elks Club, is urging linksters to sign up as soon as possible for the 2011 Clothe-A-Child benefit to be played June 11 at Payson Golf Course.

The tournament has been traditionally played in July or August, but the date was moved up this year so as not to conflict with other state Elks activities.

Check-in is at 7 a.m. when coffee and donuts will be served. At 8 a.m. the fray gets off to a shotgun start.

The format is four-man teams of best-ball play and golfers who do not have a team will be assigned one.

The fee is $80 per golfer, ($55 for PGC members) which includes 18 holes of play with a cart, lunch, raffle prizes and awards for closest to the pin and straightest drive.

The fee, whichever is paid, is a legitimate links bargain. The fee for the social welfare golf tournament hosted by the Chandler Elks Lodge is $115 per player and evenhigher at other benefits around the state.

The evening of the local tournament June 11, a dinner, cocktail hour, silent auction, music and dancing will be held at the Payson Elks Lodge. The no-host cocktail hour begins at 5 p.m., the dinner at 6 p.m. and music from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The day before the tournament, June 10, the Elks Lodge lounge will open at noon. Live music and a silent auction begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner served from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

For those who don’t golf, there will also be plenty of activities going on at the lodge, including bingo from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Non-golfers can also purchase lunch ($5) and dinner tickets ($15), which will be available at the lodge.

RV hookups and dry sites will be available at the local lodge.

The fee is $5 for a dry site and $15 for hookup. There is also a dump station at the lodge.

Visiting golfers can also reserve rooms at several local hotels and motels including Best Western Inn of Payson, Comfort Inn, Majestic Mountain Inn, Days Inn, Paysonglo Lodge, Motel 6, Mazatzal Hotel and Casino and Budget Inn and Suites.

Tournament organizers are also in need of tee sponsors. For a minimum donation of $25, a 2-foot-by-1-1/2-foot sign on a tee box at PGC will acknowledge sponsors.

Entry forms are available at the Elks Lodge, located at 1206 N. Beeline Highway.

For details, call Waer at (928) 476-3678, or the lodge at (928) 474-2572.

Questions may also be e-mailed to Waer at


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