Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Sports summary

Sun Valley, Bigwood crown golf winners

Sun Valley Golf Course and Ketchum’s Bigwood Golf Course at Thunder Springs staged its annual club championships as 36-hole stroke play tournaments Sept. 15-16.

Club champions of each are eligible to play in the Idaho Golf Association’s Tournament of Champions Sept. 29-30 at Elkhorn Golf Course.

The 36-hole IGA stroke play competition has four divisions—Men’s and Women’s, and Senior Men’s (55-and-over) and Senior Women’s (50-and-over). Entry is $150. Sign-up deadline is Friday, Sept. 21 at 5 p.m. through Registration is Friday, Sept. 28 from 3-6 p.m. at Elkhorn. 


At Sun Valley

Thirty golfers in three flights took part in last weekend’s Sun Valley Golf Course contest. Club champs were John Manocheo, besting par at 70 in Sunday’s final round, and Georgia Hutchinson.

Manocheo captured both the nine-golfer Men’s Senior Flight and was the overall gross stroke king. Hutchinson shot scores of 74-78 for 152. Overall net champion was Mary Jane Burns at 62-68 for 130. Closest-to-the-pin winners were Rich Fabiano and Nancy Warren.

( Men’s Flight—Gross: 1—Dillon Witmer 80-81 for 161-149. 2—Phil Doerflein 81-82 for 163-147. Net: 1—Gary Moser 83-81 for 164-142. 2—David Lipman 83-84 for 167-143.

( Men’s Senior Flight—Gross: 1—John Manocheo 79-70 for 149-135. Net: 1—Howard Cain 81-79 for 160-138. 2—Richard Wilsker 88-91 for 179-143.

( Women’s Flight—Gross: 1—Georgia Hutchinson 74-78 for 152-142. Net: 1—Mary Jane Burns 79-85 for 164-130. 2—Nancy Warren 91-91 for 182-134.


Bigwood Open results

Championship flight winners John Radford and Jen Harper qualified for the IGA meet. Results, winnings for top placings and lap money follow:

- Men’s Championship Flight—Gross: 1—John Radford 143 ($200). 2—Skip Kammer 149 ($100). Net: 1—Barrett Molter 141 ($200). 2—John Whisler 145 ($100).

- Men’s First Flight—Gross: 1—Tim Carter 163 ($200). 2—Juan Flores 170 ($100). 3—Chris Benson 175 ($75). Net: 1—Wally Aoyagi 146 ($200). 2—Matt Walker 150 ($100). 3—Jon French 151 ($75).

- Ladies Flight—Gross: 1—Jen Harper 171 ($75). Net: 1—Carol Whelan 148 ($75).

- Lap money ($50)—Barrett Molter, Brian Bourgette and (tie) Jen Harper and Carol Whelan.


New members in Intermountain ski shrine

The Intermountain Ski Hall of Fame located in Utah’s Olympic Park’s Alf Engen Ski Museum will induct four new members during a reception Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 8 p.m. at Park City’s Joe Quinney Winter Sports Center.

Making up the 11th induction class and bringing the total membership to 54 are Lyle Nelson of McCall, Karen Budge-Eaton, Twin Falls native Phil Jones and native Swiss ski racer Beat von Allmen.

Nelson was a U.S. Olympian in biathlon. Jackson Hole (Wyo.) native Budge-Eaton of Middlebury, Vt. was a U.S. Ski Team racer from 1967-72. Jones is former president of Park City Mountain Resort and the son of the late Claude Jones, a 2010 inductee. Ski resort designer von Allmen (Solitude Resort in Utah) helped start and Snowbird Race Team in 1971.


Youth hockey golf tournament a success

Sixty-eight golfers on 17 teams enjoyed the Sun Valley Youth Hockey third annual golf tournament Friday, Sept. 14 at Bigwood Golf Course at Thunder Spring.

Winners at 8-under-par were Steve Morcone, John Heinrich, John Jablonski and Bob Crosby. DFL at even par were Devra Mary, Cameron Hair, Cody Levitan and Amanda Stelling. Taking the long drive honors were Lori Johnston and Jeff Burrell. Closest-to-the-pin champs were Lori Johnston and Brad Dredge.

You can still go to for Sun Valley Suns season tickets, massage, "Skate with the Suns", acupuncture and a private off-ice session with Cody Lampl until today, Wednesday at 8 p.m.


Ed Flory returns to Idaho Stampede

Former Community School boys’ basketball coach Ed Flory has been named Director of Basketball Operations for the Idaho Stampede, a National Basketball Association Development League team based at Century Link Arena in Boise.

Flory was a Stampede assistant coach with the Stampede in 2005-06 and then coached the Community School boys from 2008-10. A former All-American swimmer, Flory most recently was head basketball coach at Penn State Mont Alto in Pennsylvania.


Concrete Rodeo wrap-up

The Concrete Rodeo Tour of skateboard competitions wrapped up in Utah last weekend with four locals competing. Among top placings were jousting silver medalist Jedson Waters first in ages 9-10, Pierce Grathwohl second 9-10, Clyde Montgomery second 13-14 and Eli Roberts first in ages 11-12.


Rim 2 Rim runners

Habitat for Humanity of Twin Falls benefited from the 35th annual Rim 2 Rim 7.5-mile run Saturday in Twin Falls. Capturing another men’s title in 42:44 was 27-year-old Branden Teeter, 15 seconds ahead of Landon Teeter, while Oklahoma’s Kristen Rosenau, 27, took the women’s title in 54:50, 10th place overall out of 272 finishers. Among Wood River finishers were Gadrie Edmunds, 36, 14th woman and 8th 30-39 in 1.03:46, and Dave Keir, 43, 18th overall and 3rd 40-49 in 57:04.


Baldy Hill Climb is Sept. 29

It is 10 days and counting until the 34th annual Baldy Hill Climb community event sponsored by the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation. This year’s event is Saturday, Sept. 29. Entry fee is $30 when paid online at You can also obtain information at The traditional 1.86-mile Warm Springs course rises 3,140 vertical feet from the Warm Springs ski run bridge—elevation 5,880 feet—to the top of Baldy—elevation 9,020 feet. The event includes a biking class and the “Cheeso Double,” which includes mountain biking and hiking the course.


Climb Horseshoe Bend hill, help fund a school

Most Wood River Valley endurance athletes and hill climb enthusiasts are gearing up for the Baldy Hill Climb Saturday, Sept. 29.

If for some reason you’re not climbing Baldy, you might consider climbing another steep hill north of Boise Sept. 29 and helping out the finances of a struggling school district.

The Race 2 the Summit Half Marathon is planned for Saturday, Sept. 29 in the small community of Horseshoe Bend 20 miles north of Boise along S.H. 55—a road that takes big city residents north to McCall.

Three young Horseshoe Bend mothers and fitness-minded runners—Lillie Crawford, Malissa Meyer and Melanie Flake—organized the 13.1-mile run up Summit Ridge Road to promote health and provide financial support and scholarship assistance to school athletic teams.

In March, the Horseshoe Bend School District conducted its first-ever supplemental school-funding levy totaling $250,000.

The levy failed at the polls by a large margin, an outcome attributable to the community’s reluctance to raise taxes. The subsequent school budget shortfall caused the school district to cut transportation funding for Horseshoe Bend’s athletic teams. Pay-to-play fees doubled for athletes. Coaches absorbed pay cuts.

Fundraising projects picked up the slack. Over Labor Day weekend, the school district raised money by collecting donations from drivers as they drove by on their way to McCall for the holiday. Little by little, project by project, money to fund the transportation budget is being restored.

Organizers call Race 2 the Summit Half Marathon the only race in Idaho with a scenic view of both the Horseshoe Bend Mountains and also the Payette River. It features a 1,628-foot, 6.3-mile climb to the 4,242-foot summit followed by a long descent back to town.

It is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29 starting at 8 a.m. for the half marathon ($50 entry fee), 9 a.m. for the 10-kilometer ($45) and 5k ($40) fun runs, and 11:30 a.m. for the kids’ fun run ($10). The starting line is between the Horseshoe Bend Public Library and Kalac’s Grocery Store.

Awards will be given to the top three finishers in each group, plus “King and Queen of the Mountain” for the first-place male and female.


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