The 2019 Chuck Gates Memorial golf tournament at Sun Valley Golf Course set for Sunday, June 9 is dedicated to the late Gary Grimes, who enjoyed golfing with his friends and would have loved attending.

It is the 11th year the tournament has been staged at the Sun Valley Club.

Previous Gates meets have been dedicated to Bill Butterfield in 2005, Bob Doyle 2008, Mary Lou Simpson 2009, Doyle Corbett 2010, Tim Appleton 2011 and Woody Stuart in 2012;

Also, Rafer Lutz in 2013, Mark “Sparky” Anderson 2014, Lonnie “Dart” Lindquist in 2015, women’s golf pioneer Beverly Hanson 2016, John Kearney Jr. 2017 and Gerry “The Boy from the Bronx” Ryan in 2018.


Sign up for Gates golf

Registration deadline is Wednesday, June 5 for the 22nd annual Chuck Gates Memorial golf tournament that raises money for junior golf in the valley and for other causes including three scholarships for Wood River High students.

The tournament also supports the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation, Higher Ground, Aquability, Sun Valley Youth Hockey, the Mountain High Junior Hockey camp and Swiftsure Ranch.

Space is limited to 30 teams.

“Tee it high and let it fly,” was Gates’ motto. That’s what up to 30 foursomes will do on Sunday, June 9 at 1:30 p.m. at Sun Valley Golf Course with the shotgun start of the best-ball scramble format.

Cost for 18 holes of golf plus range balls, cart and tee prizes is $150 or $85 for full Sun Valley Club members. The fee includes box lunches and the awards ceremony/raffle drawing following play.

Raffle grand prize is a $650 Callaway Epic Flash Adjustable Driver with Jailbreak and Flash Face technology.

The raffle tickets ($5 each, 5 for $20) are sold at the tournament. They are available beforehand from junior golfers. You don’t have to be present to win.

This year’s event includes for the 10th year the Chuck Gates Junior Putting Contest starting June 9 at 11:30 a.m. at Sun Valley. It is free, all ages welcome. Contact John Kearney at 726-7820 to sign up.

For the tournament, registration and range balls for warm-up get underway at 12 noon June 9.

The post-tournament awards party and raffle drawing begins at 6 p.m. Non-players can join the fun and raise a glass to “C Gates” and the winners.

Besides helping other youth causes, a portion of tournament proceeds support the 16th annual Chuck Gates Junior golf tournament Friday, July 19 at Bigwood Golf Course, according to the non-profit Chuck Gates Youth Golf Endowment board president Roger Roland.

Call Will Spiller at 208-721-2139 or John Kearney at 208-309-0434 to sign up, or email Roland at Tee sponsors and prize donors are welcome. Donations are tax deductible.

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