Junior golf in the Wood River Valley was the winner Sunday as the Chuck Gates Youth Endowment exceeded $100,000 in funds over 13 years.
Played on a wet day at Sun Valley Golf Course, the 13th annual Chuck Gates Memorial golf tournament attracted 19 foursomes and 76 players. They raised funds for the C. Gates Youth Endowment and Atkinson Park junior golf program.
Endowment President Roger Roland said turnout declined this year for a myriad of reasons, but the fundraising total actually increased by $15,000 due to generous donations from three tournament boosters.
Prior to this year, the tournament had raised $91,000 in its 12 previous editions—so the most recent donations carried it over the $100,000 mark, as Roland and board members Bill Gehrke, Larry Vallon and Tucker Gates had hoped.
Woody Stuart, who developed a love of golf in part by playing the game with his close friend Chuck Gates, donated $10,000 through the Dwight Stuart Youth Foundation. Roland said that means the Gates Endowment has received $30,000 from the Dwight Stuart fund plus $6,000 out of Woody Stuart's pocket.
The Stuart family, headed by milk industrialist Elbridge Stuart, founded the Carnation evaporated milk business in Washington state in 1899.
Other donations, $2,500 each, were made this year by Chuck Gates' brother Mark Gates of Woodside, Calif. and his sister Genie Cashen of Colorado.
This year's low gross winners with a 60 at Sun Valley Sunday were Mark Brown, Kevin Cincotta, Keith Larson and Richard Kraatz.
Winning the Chuck Flight were Kirk Mason, John Kearney Jr., Aimee Evans and Chance McCroskey with a 59. Gates Flight winners with 59 were Mike Neary, Shawn Aicher, Mark Osmer and Mike Connelly.
Golfers in Sunday's long drive contest used Chuck Gates' driver from 15 years ago. Men's long drive winner was Mark Belanger. Women's long drive winner was Jen Harper.
Closest-to-the-pin winners were Joe Malay, Rick Filkins, Joel Evans, Marion Monge, Jolie Dunn and Judy Locke.
Ben Brunelle won the inaugural junior putting contest ahead of second-place Andrew Graves and third-place Danny Graves. There were 10 contestants, including girls' winner Danielle Doerflein, who also won the Wilson golf clubs.
This year's tourney was dedicated to retired Sun Valley Director of Golf Doyle Corbett.
In past years the tourney was dedicated to Bill Butterfield, Bob Doyle and Mary Lou Simpson. Next year's tournament will be held in memory of another passionate golfer, Tim Appleton.
Meanwhile, the seventh annual Chuck Gates Junior Golf Tournament is Sunday, June 27 at Bigwood Golf Course.
The tournament is named for Chuck "C." Gates, who died Dec. 6, 1997 in Nevada at age 51. A passionate golfer, Gates started Ketchum's first radio station, KRMR, and was a co-founder of the Idaho Mountain Express newspaper.
Here are the 2010 results:
Chuck Flight (10 teams)
1st net—Kirk Mason, John Kearney Jr., Aimee Evans and Chance McCroskey with a 59.
2nd net—Glenn Thomas, Janet Appleton, Judy Locke and Mark Anderson with a 62.
3rd net—Jolie Dunn, Jen Harper, Jill Rubin and Robbie Robertson with a 62.
4th net—Jackie Damerel, Doug D'Andrea, Janet Hale and Tom Hale with a 63.
Other Chuck teams:
64—Roger Roland, Mike Pirzynski, Zach Venzon and Cuyler Swindley.
64—Daniel Hawkins, Bob Jurasek, Todd Olson and Lauri Maher.
66—Jim McElveen, J.B. Barlow, Jill Brennan and Jill Roland.
67—Jeff Jones, Steve Gannon, Steve McCarty and Steve Cole.
69—Rick Hickman, Tim Silva, Dick Andersen and Wally Huffman.
Also competing was the team of Karen Shorts, Norm Shorts, Marion Monge and Nancy Ferries.
Gates Flight (9 teams)
Low gross—Mark Brown, Kevin Cincotta, Keith Larson and Richard Kraatz with a 60.
1st net—Mike Neary, Shawn Aicher, Mark Osmer and Mike Connelly with a 59.
2nd net—Charlie Evans, Mike Wirth, Wray Farmin and Joel Evans with a 60.
3rd net—Bill Gehrke, Knox Barclay, John Reinholt and Marsha Rankin with a 60.
4th net—Joe Malay, Stephen Pfeiffer, Andrew Graves and Davis Hague with a 61.
Other Gates teams:
61—Bob Dunn, Gerry Ryan, Mark Belanger and Baird Gourlay.
62—Dave Penn, Clif Neely, Matt Kaufman and Tim McDermott.
62—Doyle Corbett, Tyler Spence, Jonathan Hobbs and Colton Sholtis.
64—Gile Williams, Chuck Ferries, Bill Morrison and Rick Filkins.