Wednesday, September 24, 2014


Bigwood golf tourney for youth hockey kids

     Fifty-six golfers turned out Friday, Sept. 19 for Sun Valley Youth Hockey’s fifth annual “Bigwood 9 and Dine” benefit golf tournament at Bigwood Golf Course north of Ketchum. Among the golfers were SVYH players Zack Benson, Jake Charpentier and Finn Naghsh.

     Team Lefty’s placed first with Dave Hausmann, Dave Gittins, Bryan Speth and Buffalo Rixon. Longest drive winners were Russ Lamb and Wendy Speth. Closest-to-the-pin among the men was Spencer Van Guilder.


Ski swap, Game Dinner are coming

     The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation has announced the dates for its two major fall fundraisers. The SVSEF Ski Swap has been set for Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Idaho National Guard Armory in Hailey. The 37th annual Wild Game Dinner will be Saturday, Nov. 15 in the Limelight Room of Sun Valley Inn.


Intermountain ski shrine inducts four Thursday

     Four new inductees of the Will and Jean Pickett Intermountain Ski Hall of Fame at the Alf Engen Ski Museum in Park City, Utah will be inducted Thursday, Sept. 25.

     They are Norway native and two-time U.S. Nordic Ski Olympian John Aalberg, Deseret News Ski School founder Wilby Durham, Univ. of Utah All-American skier Spencer Eccles, and ski area pioneer Harold Seeholzer of Beaver Mountain Ski Area in Utah’s Logan Canyon.


Sad day at Magic Mountain footrace

     Wood River Middle School runners and their coaches were saddened by the sudden death of an eastern Idaho coach at the 16th annual Kimberly Invitational cross country meet at Magic Mountain south of Twin Falls Thursday, Sept. 18. Passing away after suffering cardiac arrest was Robert Campbell, 63, of Shelley, who coached running at Sugar-Salem High School and was a former Wendell High School coach.           

     After a lengthy race delay, race officials wanted to cancel the meet, but Shelley runners told organizers they wanted to run in honor of their coach and Wood River’s contingent decided to run along with them. Coach Bill Cantrell of Wood River said the race start was emotional and powerful.

     Top Hailey girls were Lauren Roberts (6th), Malaunie Gerard (22nd), Paige Deshields (40th), Adela Penell (43rd) and Sofia Kinney (55th). Top boys were Christian Bothell (4th), Aiden Burchmore (11th), Liam McGonigal (16th), Jake Gorham (26th) and Jose Gonzalez (32nd).


Idaho Open and other golf news

     · New Idaho Open men’s champion is Ryan Nielson, assistant professional from Boise’s Falcon Crest Golf Course.

     He won the first-place prize of $2,200 in the $20,000 tournament Sept. 17-18 at Teton Springs Resort and Club in Victor with a 36-hole total of 1-under-par 143 (69-74). There were 72 golf pros and amateurs touring the 7,373-yard Teton Springs in the Rocky Mountain Section PGA tourney.

     Sun Valley Golf Course head professional Dominick Conti tied for 14th at 76-75 for 7-over-par 151. Conti and his amateur partner Scott Hailes finished third overall in the Better-ball of Partners team event held in conjunction with the individual professional championship.

     Valley Club pro Nick Brown placed 21st at 77-82 for 159.

     In the Senior Division, PGA professional Jeff Thomsen of Boise (8-under-par 136) finished six shots ahead of PGA Head Professional John Graham from Sand Creek Golf Course in Idaho Falls.

     · Maria Acosta aced the sixth hole of The Valley Club South Nine from 100 yards using a pitching wedge on Monday, Sept. 15. Witnesses were Elizabeth Mathieu and Scott Porter.

     · Rod LeMense bettered his age by two strokes Friday, Sept. 19 by shooting an 18-hole round of 75 on the Valley Club’s West/South Course. Witnesses were Dave Almond, Jim Britt and Carl Harris.

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