“Best weather ever,” said organizer Roger Roland about the 16th annual Chuck Gates Memorial golf tournament staged Sunday to raise money for junior golf in the valley.
And the turnout wasn’t bad either for the Father’s Day event held in a best-ball scramble format at Sun Valley Golf Course. “A good time was had by all,” said Roland.
There were 23 foursomes and 92 players touring nine holes of the White Cloud Golf Course and nine holes of the Trail Creek Golf Course.
This year’s tournament was dedicated to the memory of Rafer Lutz, a local junior golfer who went on to play in college. Lutz, 42, died May 23, 2012 of melanoma.
Sunday’s tournament raised funds for the Chuck Gates Youth Endowment and Atkinson Park junior golf program.
Endowment president Roland said this year’s tournament raised $5,500. Other board members are Mike Pirzynski, Larry Vallon and Tucker Gates. The Advisory Board includes Alysia May, Bob Dunn and Bill Gehrke.
Tournament proceeds also support the 10th annual Chuck Gates Junior golf tournament scheduled for Friday, June 28 at Bigwood Golf Course.
During the tournament the board members presented a $2,500 check to John Kearney Jr. of the Atkinson Park Recreation Department. Over 13 years the junior golf program has received over $22,500 from Gates tournament proceeds.
This year’s low gross winners in the Chuck Flight at 56 were Dillon Witmer, Ryan Stavros, Barrett Molter and Heather O’Leary.
Winning the Gates Flight with net 56 were Bill Gehrke, John Reinholt, Paul Spitzer and Marcia Rankin.
Long drive winners were Cliff Neely and Alysha Herich.
Closest-to-the-pin winners were Mike Abaid, Louis Mallane, Heather O’Leary and Marcia Rankin.
Karen Morrison won the raffle grand prize. It was a Taylor Made R-1 driver valued at $500.
The tournament is named for Chuck “C” Gates, who died Dec. 6, 1997 in Nevada at the age of 51. A passionate golfer, Gates started Ketchum’s first radio station, KRMR, and was a co-founder of the Idaho Mountain Express newspaper.
Chuck Flight (12 teams)
1st gross (56)—Dillon Witmer, Ryan Stavros, Barrett Molter, Heather O’Leary.
2nd gross (59)—Tom Ferries, Matt Mahoney, Mark Osmer, Shawn Aicher.
1st net (55)—Charlie Evans, Joel Evans, Wray Farmin, Mike Shanks.
2nd net (57)—Mark Belanger, Dave Klemer, Cooper Minnis, Mike Abaid.
3rd net (57)—Gardiner Young, Matt Meador, Carl Geissinger, David Demkovich.
4th net (57)—Roger Roland, Bob Dunn, Jack Dies, Mike Pirzynski.
Other Chuck teams with net scores:
58—Dave Penn, Tim McDermott, Cliff Neely, Matt Kaufman.
58—Phil Doerflein, Keith Perry, Rob Hogan, Terry Fowler.
60—Jeff Petersen, Tyler Petersen, John Radford, John Radford Jr.
61—Jolie Dunn, Suzanne Williams, Jennifer Harper, Julie Pottor.
61—Kitty Willard, Lane Monroe, Pat Bauman, Larry Bauman.
62—Rick Hickman, Jack Sibbach, Dick Andersen, Ken Edwards.
Gates Flight (11 teams)
1st net (56)—Bill Gehrke, John Reinholt, Paul Spitzer, Marcia Rankin.
2nd net (58)—Roger Wilson, Neal Morrow, John Spence, Tom Osenton.
3rd net (59)—Bob Lutz, Louis Mallane, Janet Cantor, Sharon Lutz.
4th net (60)—John Kearney, Kirk Mason, Callum Stearns, Tyler Spence.
Fifth-place (tie, 61)—D.J. Hart, Val Gillespie, Ron Wentzell, Cam Faulds.
Fifth-place (tie, 61)—James Young, Derek Holladay, Rich Cortez, Rob Cronin.
Other Gates teams:
62—Jackie Damerel, Doug D’Andrea, Janet Bostwick, Pete Bostwick.
62—Brad Dredge, David Dredge, Alysha Herich, Arlene Herich.
63—Janet Appleton, Glenn Thomas, Judy Locke, Mark Anderson.
63—Kimberly Ellwanger, Howard Cain, Dan Gorham, David Lipman.
64—Zach Venzon, John Kaiser, Will Duval, Matt Curci.