Pmga Issues Invitation To All Types Of Golfers

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Longtime Payson Men’s Golf Association member Herb Sherman, also a retired high school teacher and basketball coach, is issuing an invitation to join the PMGA for the 2013 season.

“All types of golfers are invited to join and enjoy the camaraderie of playing every Wednesday morning at Payson Golf Course,” Sherman said.

Prospective members may pick up registration forms at the PGC pro shop. Registration fee for the season, which begins in March and continues through October, is $62.

The 2013 season tees off at 7 a.m. March 13 at 7 a.m. with a breakfast and four-man scramble tournament.

Links clinic tomorrow

A Junior Golf Association of Arizona (JGAA) clinic will be held at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 20 at The Golf Club at Chaparral Pines.

The event is open to all junior golfers and will meet the requirement of attending a rules clinic to be eligible to participate in any JGAA upcoming tournaments and events.

While all Payson High School varsity and junior varsity players will attend, the clinic is open to anyone intending to play junior golf.

However, those wishing to participate who are not members of the PHS golf team must contact Rene’ Apps (928) 468-8955 or Denny Morse (928) 978-3016 to make reservations.

Win a Polaris Ranger

Lorraine Cline Memorial Fund Poker Ride organizer Laci Sopeland and her band of hard-working, dedicated volunteers have a goal to sell 250 raffle tickets at $100 each for the prize of a 2013 Polaris Ranger Crew 800 EPS Camo valued at about $16,100.

Tickets are now available at Anderson Dental, the Butcher Hook and from any member of the Cline Memorial Fund planning committee.

The Fifth Annual Memorial Fund Poker Ride begins at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 27 at the O-bar-C Ranch in Tonto Basin and continues along old Jeep and mining trails through some of the county’s most scenic, high desert vistas.

In addition to the ride, there will be an old-fashioned benefit dinner and dance beginning at 6 p.m., Friday, April 26, the day prior to the ride, at the Butcher Hook in Tonto Basin.

The gathering is sure to include a scrumptious meal, entertainment and plenty of small-town camaraderie.

During the dinner dance, at about 9 p.m., the winning raffle ticket will be drawn. Sopeland emphasizes the drawing will be a reverse raffle which many consider to be more fun and entertaining because the final ticket holders have the choice of having another ticket drawn and possibly being eliminated or splitting the grand prize with the other finalists.

The winners of the ATVs at past events have traditionally ridden them the following day in the poker run.

In addition to the raffle and silent auction, highlighting the dinner dance, the highly popular Clay Sopeland and the Moonshine Mafia band will light up the evening with its alternative, country and Americana music.

John Dryer, a longtime friend of the Cline family who has been charged with mapping the ride route, says it has changed slightly from last year due to a fire that swept through the area in September.

The route travels along FR 1411 past Juniper Mountain, the ZT Ranch, Buzzard Roost Camp and near Copper Mountain before finishing at the original starting line.

“The trip will be from 40 to 50 miles,” said Dryer.

He estimates the ride will take most of the day because riders will want to stop and sightsee, eat a lunch they pack for themselves and possibly visit with other entrants.

At the start line, poker hands will be sold for $20 each and prize money will be doled out for first, second and third place.

For the 2012 ride, 290 poker hands were sold and the top prize of $400 was pocketed by Lon Cline for his hand of five sevens.

Most importantly about the benefit dinner, dance and ride is that all the money raised goes to help Gila County residents who have been stricken with cancer.

Sopeland also hopes to set up a local clinic where residents can receive free cancer screenings and checkups.

In staging the benefit, Sopeland is quick to praise Four Seasons Motorsports in Rye for their cooperation in securing the Ranger as a raffle prize.

For more information, call (928) 978-1254 or e-mail obarcranch@yahoo.com.

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