Last weekend at Sun Valley Resort, the Killebrew-Thompson Memorial golf tournament came roaring back after a one-year hiatus due to the 2013 wildfires in the valley.
Over 200 golfers competed in the 38th annual tournament that since 1977 has raised funds for leukemia/cancer research.
Killebrew-Thompson tournament executive director Dayna Buxton of Sun Valley said at Saturday’s awards banquet, “We exceeded our expectations and had some record-breaking numbers last night.”
She referred to Friday’s 19th annual Killebrew-Thompson Memorial live/silent auction in the Limelight Room of Sun Valley Inn. It has become a major fundraiser for the tournament.
At Saturday’s awards ceremony, the tournament board of directors gave a special tribute to outgoing executive director Georgie Fenton of Ketchum, who is stepping aside after 20 years of association with the Killebrew-Thompson.
Board member Charlie Stenholm, a former Democratic congressman from Texas attending his 34th consecutive Thompson tourney, said about Fenton’s work ethic, “If you put a group of guys together, they’ll sit around and talk about it. If you put a woman in charge, she will ‘get ‘er done!’”
In 37 tourneys, Killebrew-Thompson has raised $13.1 million for cancer research, split between Univ. of Minnesota-Masonic Cancer Research Center in Minneapolis ($6.64 million) and St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI) of Boise ($6.47 million).
The tournament format was four-person two-best ball over two days. Prizes were awarded to the six lowest scoring teams and to the low individual net and gross scores for men and women. Long drive and closest-to-the-pin prizes were given.
Team winners among the 50 foursomes in the field were:
1—Vic Carlson, George Golleher, Mark Miller and Bryan Tempest 118-116 for 234. 2—Daniel Simons, Charlie Stenholm, Chris Stenholm and Cole Stenholm 113-125 for 238. 3—Marvin May, Dan Sandy, Jim Donofrio and Dan Dutton 120-119 for 239.
4—Raj Bhathal, Joseph Otting, Tony Hill and Rob Keith 120-120 for 240. 5—John Hartman, Kenny Kalan, Sid Ashworth and Graham Kalan 119-122 for 241. 6—Harold Rogers, Bobby Rowland, Bart Roper and Doug Wallin 124-122 for 246 (tiebreaker, lower second day score).
The 12th annual Arte Johnson “Room for Improvement Award” went to the next-to-the-last place team. A frequent Thompson participant, Johnson, 85, a Michigan native, was an actor for 51 years best known for his 1968-73 comedy role in the “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In” television show.
This year’s Arte Johnson winner was a local team comprised of Anthony Maratea, Barry Peterson, musician Muzzie Braun and Sun Valley Suns hockey captain Ryan Enrico. They shot 146-142 for 288.
Individual winners were:
Men—First gross: Jim Donofrio 73-71 for 144. First net: Graham Kalan 62-68 for 130.
Women—First gross: Kathryn Rand 89-89 for 178. First net: Bonnie Otting 69-71 for 140.
Special contest winners were:
At Sun Valley—Longest drives: Ryan Enrico, Uwe Ruttke, Kathryn Rand and Marta Bhathal. Closest-to-the-pin: Bobby Grich, Gay Simplot, Jerry Kramer and Malia Wasson.
At Elkhorn—Longest drives: Vic Carlson, Jeremy Power, Marta Bhathal and Gaby Sulpizio. Closest-to-the-pin: Graham Kalan, Chris Jahn, Malia Wasson and Kathryn Rand.
Winning the Ladies Bigwood Scramble were Connie Stamper, Megan Ashenbrenner and Carol Wallin with a score of 37.