The junior duffers in the Valley had their turn on the links Sunday in the Chuck Gates Memorial Junior Golf Tournament at Warm Springs Golf Course. Only after it was over they didn't lie on the couch because they were too tired.
The tilt attracted 19 kids ages 9-15 and after nine holes of stroke play, Crockett Stearns was the victor with a low score of 44. Chance McCroskey was second at 46. Garrett Pierce captured the Gates Flight with a 55. Zach Thomas and Nic Turco tied for runner-up honors at 60.
The top three finishers earned the right to play in the adult draw in year's annual Chuck Gates Tournament.
Patrick McMahon nailed the Longest Drive. Drew Punnett had the Shortest Drive. Kyler Van Dyck was Closest to the Pin and Zach Thomas was named Most Passionate and took home a putter donated by Walter Littenberg. Ellie Punnett was the Only Female to brave the boisterous group.
Also participating were David Dredge, Austin McRoberts, Connor Brown, Matti Fostvedt, Cody Levitan, Johnny Burbridge, Greg Wakefield, Scott Smith and Everett Ford.
The event was sponsored by the Sun Valley Suns Foundation, The Chuck Gates Endowment, Sushi on Second, Warm Springs Golf Course and Atkinson Park.