DROPPING HEADED TO BANBURY
The Dropping Junior Golf Championship has a new home for 2013 and beyond. The tournament, which has drawn players from across the region during its 45-year run, was played at Hillcrest Country Club beginning in 1968.
It moves to BanBury Golf Club in Eagle this year after Hillcrest elected not to continue the event. BanBury pro Jerry Breaux helped run the tournament for two decades during his time at Hillcrest.
BanBury hopes to draw a stronger field and more college coaches this year. Players from Texas, Montana and Georgia have entered so far and coaches from Boise State, Idaho, Washington, Wyoming and Gonzaga have indicated they will attend, according to BanBury.
The tournament will feature a college format: 36 holes without a break June 10 and 18 holes June 11. Other activities include a ping-pong tournament and fishing derby.
"The Dropping was the first big-time tournament that I ever played in," 1993 champion Andrea Baxter-Bretz said in a BanBury press release. "Not only was it a wonderful opportunity to size up my competition from the Pacific Northwest, but it had that special feel to it because the level of competition was so high. It is one of the premier junior golf tournaments in the region with a long and rich history."
The tournament is named for John Dropping, who in 1964 became Idaho's first qualifier for the U.S. Junior Amateur. He died in 1967.
Players must be 14 to 19 years old (19-year-olds must be 2013 high school graduates) with handicap indexes of 5.0 or better for boys and 10.0 or better for girls. The cost is $80 and players can enter at thedropping.com.
RUBY STONE DIES AT 89
Stone, a former Idaho legislator, was a major supporter of golf in the state. She died May 1.
The longtime member at Plantation Country Club served as president and a board member with the Idaho Golf Association, captained many Idaho Girls Junior America's Cup teams and was a member of the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship committee from 1981 to 2007.
She received the Ike Granger Award from the U.S. Golf Association in 2005 for 25 years of service.
EMPEY IN SENIOR PGA
Jim Empey, the director of instruction at Quail Hollow in Boise, will play in the Senior PGA Championship, May 23-26 at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis. The tournament is a major on the Champions Tour.