Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Sports summary

Local golfers in IGA Men's Amateur

Three Wood River Valley golfers competed in the 141-golfer field July 16-18 at the Idaho Golf Association Men's Amateur Championship on the par-72, 5,941-yard Clear Lake Country Club course in Buhl.

Recent Wood River High School graduate Crockett Stearns had an excellent first two rounds of the 54-hole tournament, shooting 1-over-par 145 the first two days with four birdies and 28 pars on 36 holes. He finished tied for 59th at 72-73-80 for 9-over-par 225.

Also competing were Hailey golfers Matt Meador (tie for 62nd, 83-71-72 for 10-over-par 226) and Dave Cropper (tie for 113th, 78-83-79 for 240). Winner for the second straight year was Chris Reinke of Ashton (70-65-71 for 10-under-par 206).

Skating Championships begin Thursday

The 44th annual Sun Valley Summer Figure Skating Championships are Thursday through Sunday, July 22-25 at Sun Valley Skating Center. Presented by the Sun Valley Figure Skating Club, it is one of the largest non-qualifying competitions in the Northwest. There are about 200 entries from several states and foreign countries. Events for all levels and all ages include Free Skate, Artistic, Interpretive Improv and Compulsory, plus Showcase and U.S. Figure Skating testing Sunday. Spectators are admitted free to all sessions. Showcase is particularly enjoyable for fans. It starts Sunday at 9 a.m. with the highest-level individual showcase, followed by pairs and group productions through 4 p.m.

Captain Ben Hurtig shoot Sunday

The annual "Captain Ben Hurtig Birthday Shoot" will be at the Ohio Gulch Gun Club between Ketchum and Hailey Sunday, July 25 at 9 a.m.

Plans call for a 50-bird .410 skeet contest with the winner's name engraved on the permanent Hurtig plaque displayed in the clubhouse. For those not interested in the .410 skeet shoot there will be 50-bird combo shoot, a 25-bird Wobble Trap plus a 25-bird 5-Stand with cash prizes. The entry fee is $30. It includes targets and a barbeque lunch. All surplus money will be donated in Ben's name to the McStay Youth Shooting Program.

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The name of tournament co-chairman Beckie Biedebach was misspelled in Wednesday's story on the Sun Valley Women's Invitational golf tournament at Elkhorn. The Express regrets the error.

Cyclist Long earns BYRDS stage race victory

Hailey's Jackson Long won the Boys' 15-16 general classification stage race in the seventh annual Tour of Idaho BYRDS Junior Race held July 16-18 in the Boise area. Long's final time was 3.23:48 including a four-second age class victory in the third of four stages. BYRDS stands for Boise Young Rider Development Squad.

Trail horses coming to Soldier Mountain

Soldier Mountain Ski Area north of Fairfield is the site of an American Competitive Trail Horse Association (ACTHA) event Saturday, July 24. The trail ride takes up to two-and-a-half hours, covering six to seven miles. Entries are limited to 50. Registration closes July 22 online at

For more information contact Jil Schmidt at 788-0974 or by email at

Schmidt said the contestants will ride trails with scenic views of the Sawtooth and Pioneer mountain ranges, at 6,000-foot elevation. Friday's activities include a get-acquainted bonfire. There is a riders' briefing Saturday at 8 a.m. before the 8:30-11 a.m. event. Afterwards, plans call for a potluck lunch and Doggie Competition demo thanks to Jill Bryson.

There will be great prizes for first- through sixth-places in Open/Pleasure/Junior divisions, plus a Buddy class. Take the paved road north from Fairfield for about 10 miles to the parking area.

Cyclists gear up in Twilight Criterium

Ketchum cyclist Ryan Parnes of the Yahoo! Cycling Team placed 17th of 75 Pro/Category 1 Men Saturday, July 17 in the 24th annual Wells Fargo Downtown Boise Twilight Criterium presented by George's Cycles. Other locals in the field included Brad Walker (26th of 61 riders in Men's Category 4/5) and Taylor Benz (38th in Men's Category 3/Masters 40-plus).

Applications due for SVSEF athletes

Returning athlete registration is open for the 2010-11 ski and snowboard season, the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation announced July 14 on its Web site Forms are on the Web site's Programs and Registration page.

You can avoid a $60 late fee by submitting papers by the following date: Sunday, Aug. 15 for Alpine C Travel, C Home and Alpine Development, Cross Country Devo, Freestyle Devo and Snowboard Devo.

Scholarship applications are due Aug. 15 for all returning athletes. The SVSEF office FAX is 726-4129 or send papers by the Postal Service to P.O. Box 203, Sun Valley, ID 83353 (postmarked by Aug. 15).

Any questions, call Sandra at 726-4129 ext. 101.

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