Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Baldy Cup winners announced

     Carl Rixon won first place and took home a check for $1,000 in the 2013-14 Baldy Cup series of alpine races presented by the Sun Valley Ski Club.

     Mackenzie Bachmeier and Jordan Fitzgerald finished with the same number of Baldy Cup points tying for the women's crown. Miles Fink-Debray was second for men, and won $500.

     The Baldy Cup consisted of nine races, including slaloms, giant slaloms and one super giant slalom.

     Over 300 racers from seven states, ranging in age from six years old to almost 90, raced at least one Baldy Cup race this year. The experience level of racers varied as well.

     Beginner racers were numerous, as well as advanced racers such as Hailey Duke, who qualified to race World Cup races next year, and Kipling Weisel, who is expected to make the next U.S. Ski Team.


Golf in full swing at Bigwood

     Golfing has started at Bigwood Golf Course at Thunder Spring north of Ketchum. Its March 29 opening was one of the earliest on record—five days earlier than last year.

     Bigwood Golf Course is currently accepting tee times starting at 9 a.m. Depending on weather, opening hours are generally 9-6 daily. The driving range is also open.

     Greens fees are $30 for nine holes and $50 for 18 holes. Electric carts are $10 per person for nine holes and $15 for 18. Call 726-4024 to make tee times on the nine-hole course.

     Also open are Sun Valley Resort’s driving range and practice greens by the Sun Valley Clubhouse. The golf pro shop and practice facilities are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

     The Sun Valley golf courses and 18-hole Sawtooth Putting Course will open as soon as possible, depending on the weather, according to Head PGA Professional Dominick Conti. Call 622-2251.


Wood River Gun Club starts spring league

     The Wood River Gun Club south of Bellevue begins its spring league shooting on Tuesday, April 22 and also has a PITA shoot on Saturday, April 26. Sign-ups for league shooting are underway. Call Rick Ruggles at 788-3327.


Falls-to-Falls Run/Walk in Twin Falls Saturday

     The Magic Valley Trail Enhancement Fund run/walk series presented by the Twin Falls Community Foundation is staging the Falls-to-Falls run/walk Saturday, April 19 starting and finishing at Dierkes Lake east of the city, at Shoshone Falls.

     Offered are a 5.2-mile course and the 10.5-mile distance. New this year is a partner 10.5-mile relay, or choose the solo distance, both runs starting at 8:30 a.m. from Dierkes Lake, entry fee $30. From 8-9 a.m., buses will transport 5.2-mile participants from Dierkes to the Idaho Power Park, where that event will begin at 9:30 a.m. Day-of-race registration at Dierkes Lake begins at 7 a.m. Visit for details.


Atkinson Park field use meeting set for April 23

     Mark calendars for Wednesday, April 23 if you or your organization plans to use Ketchum’s Atkinson Park for competitive and fun league play in the summer of 2014.

     The Atkinson Park field use meeting is April 23 at 5:30 p.m. in the park’s Rec Building. You must attend the meeting and/or contact park recreation supervisor John Kearney at 726-7820 to register your interest in using the facility.


Sign up for Nelson Memorial golf

     Sign-ups are being accepted for the fourth annual James Nelson Memorial golf tournament fundraiser presented by the Wood River Baseball and Softball Association (WRBSA).

     The Nelson Memorial will begin Saturday, May 17 at 1 p.m. at The Valley Club. Check-in takes place at noon. Proceeds will benefit the WRBSA as well as the Zachary and Andrew Nelson College Fund.

     Format is scramble, teams of four, with prizes for longest drive, closest to the pin and for the teams with the best and worst scores.

     Cost is $150 per golfer or $560 per team, which is the same as last year. The fee includes 18 holes of golf with cart, appetizers and no-host bar following play. Non-golfers for $10 can join the group after the golf for appetizers and the no-host bar.

     Hole sponsors are $150.

     There will be a raffle and silent auction. Silver Creek Auto is once again sponsoring a hole-in-one prize for a car. Last year, there was a winner.

     To register call Buffy Brunker at 720-1998, email, or call Bonnie Burrell 720-1695 or email

     Staged by the WRBSA for 10 years, the benefit golf gathering for the third year is named for longtime valley baseball supporter James Nelson, who died March 19, 2011 at 42.

     He was the youngest brother of five boys plus four sisters in Ray and Marian Nelson’s Hailey family that founded the Ray Nelson Little League baseball tournament in the early 1970s. The Nelson family has been involved in local youth baseball development at every level.

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