Friday, June 17, 2005

120 golfers tour Sun Valley for junior golf

Chuck Gates would have been proud of his tournament

Photo by Willy Cook

"It was a great tournament, and so was the weather," said organizer Roger Roland about last weekend's eighth annual Chuck Gates Memorial golf tournament at Sun Valley.

A total 30 foursomes and 120 players participated in the 18-hole tournament that raised money for junior golf.

Roland said Sunday's tournament at Sun Valley Golf Course raised nearly $5,000 for the Chuck Gates Youth Golf Endowment established three years ago through the city of Ketchum. Over eight years, tournament proceeds are now approaching $37,000.

Interest generated from the Gates endowment goes directly to the junior golf program at Ketchum's Atkinson Park. Each year, the program helps about 150 boys and girls ages 6-15 with instruction, equipment and play on local courses.

Gates, known as "C. Gates," was one of seven founders of the Idaho Mountain Express newspaper. He died Dec. 6, 1997 in Nevada at age 51. Gates started Ketchum's first radio station, KRMR. Playing golf was his passion in later life.

Placing 1-2-3 in the "Chuck Flight" were these foursomes: 1—Brian Collette, Steve Johns, Mark Anderson and Howard Cain. 2—Happy Hawn, Jill Rubin, Jolie Dunn and Jennifer Harper. 3—Tom Kennedy, Chris Olmstead, Barry Molter and David Gittens.

Actually, the top two teams tied, but the deadlock was broken by a scorecard look at how each team performed on the low handicap tougher holes.

The top three teams in the "Gates Flight," were: 1—Olin Glenne, Alysia May, Mikie Geron and Jeff Wong. 2—Doyle Corbett, Crockett Stearns, Danny Sundali and Chance McCroskey. 3—Janet Appleton, Glenn Thomas, Tim Appleton and Lisa Ferguson.

Similarly, a scorecard playoff broke a tie between the top two teams in the "Gates."

Low gross team consisted of Walter Littenberg, Clyde Wood, Bob Doyle and Nils Badenduck. Taking the most strokes were Barbara Gehrke, Knox Barclay, Kristi Peterson and Joe Kilmer.

Closest to the pin winners were Bruce Miller on #3, Tim Appleton #5, Gile Williams #15 and Happy Hawn on #17. Long drive winners on #8 were Steve Johns and Jennifer Harper.

Tournament organizers saluted head pro Doyle Corbett and his helpful Sun Valley Golf course crew. Here are the other teams in Sunday's tournament:

"Chuck Flight": Rick Filkins, Joel Subnotick, Rick Huss and Tate Mills; Chuck Ferries, Nancy Ferries, Tom Ferries and Charlie McWilliams; Bill Gehrke, Marsha Rankin, Paul Spitzer and John Reinholt; Gary Grimes, Bruce Miller, Mark Brown and Mike Hanley; Charles Evans, Brian Faulds, Wray Farmin and Doug D'Andrea; Steve Demun, Jim Hopkins, Peter Caldara and Jack Sholtis; John Majors, Dan Tucker, Jim Bradford and Alan Durkheimer;

Also, Mike Bulls, Kerry Holroyd, Mike Shanks and John Whisler; Mike O'Neil, Joan O'Neil, Jim Welch and Steve Malkus; Marion Monge, Christie Black, Karen Shorts and Norm Shorts; Gile Williams, Kirk Anderson, Scott Lucas and Vickey Williams; Terry Tracy, Jackie Damerel, Jan Wygle and Janet Cantor; Bob Buchanan, Ron Wentzell, Chris Perkins and Spyder Stevens; Mark Avery, Rod Thornton, Ken Allen and Tim Cady; Steve Schmidt, Ben Hoff, K.C. Benson and Ron Buehll.

"Gates Flight": Paige Griffith, Mike Pirzynski, James Young and Zack Venzion; Tim Eagan, Jane Reynolds, Ed Lawson and Rich Evans; John Kearney Jr., Kirk Mason, Ross Parsons and Patrick McMahon; David Timmons, Terry Cox, Tom Monge and Dave Barovetto; Ken Hills, Gary Spiers, Roy Bracken and Andrew Broderson; Jill Roland, Joe Yarborough, Jim McElveen and Jill Brennan; Woody Stuart, Barbara Moore, Larry Vallon and Tucker Gates.

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