Friday, August 27, 2004

Danny Thompson tournament hits the Sun Valley links


Participants have honed their swings in practice and the competition is now underway in the 28th annual Danny Thompson Memorial Golf Tournament in Sun Valley.

The tournament is named for Danny Thompson, a Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers infielder who died of leukemia in 1976 at 29.

In 27 years, the Thompson Memorial has raised $6,755,500 for cancer research, split between University of Minnesota Leukemia Research Foundation ($3.5 million) and Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI) of Boise ($3.3 million). Last year?s Thompson take for cancer research was $630,000.

Once again, a tournament highlight will be the 11th annual Thompson Memorial live and silent auction with auctioneer Marjoe Gortner Friday, Aug. 27 in the Limelight Room of Sun Valley Inn.

Spectators are invited to watch the tournament and, when appropriate, ask for autographs. Check the pairing sheets at the Sun Valley golf pro shop to get an idea of where your favorite golfer is playing.

Tournament format is four-man two-best ball over two days on the Sun Valley course. Here is the remaining tournament schedule.

 Friday, Aug. 27: First 18-hole round of the Thompson Memorial, featuring 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. shotgun starts at Sun Valley. Cocktails and auction dinner 6:30 p.m. in the Limelight Room of Sun Valley Inn.

 Saturday, Aug. 28: Final 18-hole round of the Thompson Memorial, featuring 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. shotgun starts at Sun Valley. Awards reception at 6:30 p.m. at the golf course.




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