Area Golfers Have Good Showing

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Chaparral Pines golfer Marc Apps captured the Arizona Golf Association 2013 Short Course championship, carding a 3-under par 115 while playing in wind gusts that reached 38 mph.

In winning, Apps defeated fellow Chaparral Pines golf club member Dave Rasley by one stroke.

On the par 59 Bear Creek Golf Complex Cub Course, Apps finished at 115, carding a 54 on round one and 61 on round two. Rasley finished at 116 (58 and 58).

Apps’ son, Tyler, a former Payson High School golf standout now attending Grand Canyon University, finished 53rd in the 72-player field with a 131.

Hoopers needed

Mary McMullen is teaming with Town of Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Director Cameron Davis to enlist a group of hoop players and officials to host the Harlem Ambassadors basketball team during its benefit appearance April 30 in Wilson Dome.

The Harlem team, which travels the world helping raise money for non-profits and service organizations, will be in Payson to support scholarships for Gila Community College students and Town of Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism programs.

To stage the benefit game against the Ambassadors, McMullen and Davis are in need of four teams of five persons each.

Each of the teams will play one quarter vs. the Ambassadors. Two of the quarters will be competitive play and the other two more for fun and entertainment.

For one of the competitive quarters vs. the Ambassadors, Davis is hoping the men’s team that emerges victorious from the town-sponsored men’s basketball league will participate

McMullen envisions local coaches, whether they be from youth leagues, Rim Country Middle School or Payson High, forming a team in either the fun or competitive quarters.

Both would like to see some persons who might be considered local “celebrities” put together a team.

The only prerequisite for participating is that the team members have some playing ability and know the nuances of the game.

In addition to needing the players, McMullen and Davis are scouring the Rim Country for basketball officials and coaches for each of the teams. The officials do not have to be AIA certified, but should have a strong knowledge of the sport.

To participate either as a player, coach or official, there is a $165 application fee.

Both McMullen and Davis are encouraging potential participants to seek out local businesses or organizations as sponsors.

During the game, when the public address announcer calls out the names of players, coaches or officials, their sponsor will also be recognized.

Applications to participate on the Payson teams can be found at www.paysonrimcountry.com/Parks Rec.aspx.

Tickets to the game, which tips off at 7 p.m., are $5 per person in advance and $7 at the door. Children under 5 years will be admitted free. Tickets can be purchased at the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism office at Green Valley Park or the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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