Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Chuck Gates golf takes shape for 2014

Fatherís Day tourney at Sun Valley

     Registration deadline is Monday, June 9 for the 17th annual Chuck Gates Memorial golf tournament that raises money for junior golf in the Wood River Valley and at Ketchum’s Atkinson Park.

     “Tee it high and let it fly,” was Gates’ motto. That’s what up to 30 foursomes will do on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 15 at 1:30 p.m. at Sun Valley Golf Course with a best-ball scramble format.

     This year’s tourney is dedicated to Chuck Gates supporter Mark “Sparky” Anderson.

     Previous Gates tournaments have been dedicated to Bill Butterfield in 2005, Bob Doyle in 2008, Mary Lou Simpson in 2009, Doyle Corbett in 2010, Tim Appleton in 2011, Woody Stuart in 2012 and Rafer Lutz in 2013.

     Cost for 18 holes of golf, cart, buffet and tee prizes is $150 per person or $85 for Sun Valley Club members.

     Raffle grand prize is a Titleist Vokey wedge set valued at $500. Second grand prize is an Odyssey Tank putter valued at $250. Raffle tickets will be sold at the tournament, and are available beforehand from local junior golfers. You don’t have to be present to win.

     This year’s event includes for the fifth year the Chuck Gates Junior Putting Contest starting June 15 at 11 a.m. at Sun Valley Golf Course. It is free, all ages welcome.

     A portion of tournament proceeds also support the 11th annual Chuck Gates Junior golf tournament Friday, June 27 at Bigwood Golf Course, according to Chuck Gates Youth Golf Endowment board president Roger Roland.

     Call Mike Pirzynski 720-4301 to sign up, or email Roger Roland at Tee sponsors and prize donors are welcome. For details about the putting contest call John Kearney Jr. at 726-7820.

     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.

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