TAMPA BAY RAYS CAMP: Area baseball players will have a chance to try out for the Tampa Bay Rays in an open camp set for Thursday at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall.

Players will be evaluated on running, throwing,fielding and hitting abilities. Ages 16-21 are en courage to attend the camp, which will be conducted by Tampa scout Pat Murphy and under the direction of scout Scott Mitchell.

Registration will start at 8:30 a.m., with workout to follow at 9 a.m.

The Rays will provide all equipment with the exception of gloves, spikes and catchers gear.

For information: Scott Mitchell (903) 424-8448.

ARK-LA-TEX JUNIOR GOLF: The Ark-La-Tex Junior Golf Tour has begun its summer schedule.

The tour will make stops at Wood Hollow in Longview on Monday, The Templest in Liberty City on July 1 (adult/youth), Alpine in Longview on July 8, Oak Grove in New Boston on July 15, Wood Hollow in Longview on July 22 (adult/youth) and Pinecrest Country Club in Longview on July 29 (Tournament of Champions).

The tour is open to boys and girls. The pre-tour (9 holes) will feature coed 7-9 and boys and girls 10-11. The regular tour (18 holes) will feature 12-13 boys and girls, 14-15 boys and girls and 15-16 boys and girls.

Membership fee is $30, and tournament entry fee is $25.

For info: arklatexjuniorgolftour@gmail.com or (903) 753-1415.

BUCKNER CLAY SHOOT: The 20th annual Texas Bank and Trust Sporting Clays Challenge, benefitting Buckner, is set for July 12-13 at Prairie Creek Sporting Clays.

The event benefits Buckner, which provides services for Foster care and adoption, family pathways, Longview Family Hope Center and Longview Project HOPES.

Friday, July 12 is the Texas Rangers Foundation Twilight Event, with registration set for 3 p.m. and shooting set for 4 p.m.

Saturday, July 13 is the Jasper Ventures Early Riser Event, with registration at 7 a.m. and shooting at 8 a.m.

A raffle drawing is set for July 13 with the chance to win a 2019 Nissan Rogue.

For registration or sponsorship information: (903) 757-9383, jcrowson@buckner.org or visit buckner.org/longviewclayshoot.

from staff reports