Junior golf in the Wood River Valley was the winner Sunday when the 15th annual Chuck Gates Memorial golf tournament was staged for 26 foursomes and 106 players at Sun Valley Resort Golf Course.
The tournament raised funds for the C. Gates Youth Endowment and Atkinson Park junior golf program.
Endowment president Roger Roland said this year's tournament netted $5,000.
During the tournament the board members presented a $2,500 check to John Kearney Jr. of the Atkinson Park Recreation Department. Over 12 years the junior golf program has received over $20,000 from Gates tournament proceeds.
Other donations included $10,000 from Woody Stuart and $2,500 from Mark Gates, the brother of Chuck Gates.
Stuart developed a love of golf in part by playing the game with his close friend Chuck Gates. For many years he has donated money to the Endowment Fund through the Dwight Stuart Youth Foundation.
The Stuart family, headed by milk industrialist Elbridge Stuart, founded the Carnation evaporated milk business in Washington State in 1899.
This year's low gross winners with a 56 at Sun Valley Sunday were Dave Demkovich, Carl Geissinger, Matt Meador and Gardiner Young.
Winning the Gates Flight with a net score of 57 were Rob Hogan, Dale Deputy, Brent Bethers and Chris Hopkins.
Long drive winners were Derek Holladay and Jennifer Harper. Closest-to-the-pin winners were Olin Glenne, Jennifer Harper, Walter Littenberg, Marcia Rankin, Bob Buchanan, Kimberly Ellwanger and Eugene Holman.
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.
Putting tournament results
Eighteen kids participated in the third annual Junior Chuck Gates putting tournament Sunday at Sun Valley Golf Course. Sponsoring the event were the city of Ketchum, Chuck Gates Youth Endowment and Sun Valley Resort.
The following are results for 15 holes of putting:
( Ages 12-14: 1—Jesus Morales 47. 2—Cooper Roquet 54.
( Ages 10-11: 1—Toby Molter 47. 2—Tate Stearns 53.
( Ages 7-9: 1—Leo Molter 45. 2—Hannah Ferris 54.
Looking ahead, the ninth annual Chuck Gates Junior Golf Tournament is Friday, June 29 at 1 p.m. at Bigwood Golf Course with three-, six- and nine-hole categories. Call 726-7820 for sign-up details.
Here are the 2012 results from Sunday's Gates Memorial:
Chuck Flight (12 teams)
1st gross(56)—Dave Demkovich, Carl Geissinger, Matt Meador, Gardiner Young.
2nd gross (60)—Gary Moser, Dave Penn, Gerry Ryan, Ryan Mayer.
1st net (55)—Tom Ferries, Shawn Aicher, Mike Neary, Mark Osmer.
2nd net (57)—Phil Doerflein, Gile Williams, John Manocheo, Renie Alverson.
3rd net (58)—Byron Karrys, Wray Farmin, Crayton Ariel, Mike Wirth.
4th net (58)—Mike Pirzynski, Jay Fredrickson, Pete Stickney, Walter Littenberg.
Other Chuck teams with net scores:
58—Bill Gehrke, Marcia Rankin, John Reinholt, Paul Spitzer.
59—Hunter Storey, Barrett Molter, Crockett Stearns, Joel Evans.
60—Cam Faulds, Steve McCarthy, Bob Buchanan, Steve Bernauer.
62—Rick Hickman, Wally Huffman, Dick Andersen, Jack Sibbach.
63—Happy Hawn, Jolie Dunn, Jennifer Harper, Kiki Tidwell.
63—John Kaiser, Will Duval, Mark Watson, Matt Curci.
Gates Flight (14 teams)
1st net (57)—Rob Hogan, Dale Deputy, Brent Bethers, Chris Hopkins.
2nd net (59)—Keith Perry, Olin Glenne, Jim Gorringe, Mike Connelly.
3rd net (59)—Kimberly Ellwanger, Tom Held, Howard Cain, Dan Gorham.
4th net (60)—Jackie Damerel, Doug D'Andrea, Janet Hale, Tom Hale.
Other Gates teams:
60—Terry Fowler, Eugene Holman, David Dredge, Brad Dredge.
61—John Kearney, John Kearney Jr., Tyler Spence, Haley Cutler.
61—Janet Appleton, Glenn Thomas, Judy Locke, Mark Anderson.
61—Rob Cronin, Derek Holladay, Brian Bourgette, James Young.
61—Chuck Ferries, Nancy Ferries, John Majors, Marion Monge.
62—Cody Proctor, Billy Cook, Tyler Snapka, Shaun Mahoney.
62—Mark Belanger, Dave Klemer, Cody Lampl, Cooper Minnis.
63—Vail Gillespie, J.D. Hart, Ron Wentzell, Mark McQueen.
66—Roger Roland, Rick Lethbridge, Cuyler Swindley, Zach Venzon.
69—Jeff Petersen, Alvaro Jiraldo, Callum Stearns, Amanda Stelling.