Sage Riders to host rodeo

UMATILLA - The Umatilla Sage Riders will hold their first annual NPRA Rodeo July 20-21 at the Umatilla Sage Riders Arena.

Competitors and spectators are encouraged to wear pink both nights to help support the fight against breast cancer, with a portion of the ticket sales going to the local Breast Cancer Center.

The rodeo will start each night at 6:30 p.m. with wild cow milking, followed by mutton busting.

There will be a cowboy breakfast July 20 from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.

The slack round will be July 20 at 9 a.m.

There will be a kick off at Tom Denchel Ford July 19 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. featuring the Clown from Oklahoma and famous rodeo bull Macho Man, along with some of the hottest bull riders and cowgirls.

Sign-ups for the mutton busting are July 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tickets will be sold at the gate or can be purchased in advance at the Hermiston or Pendleton East Oregonian offices or Tom Denchel Ford.

For more information call Stacey at 571-1162 or Janie at 922-8812.

Willow Creek offers golf lessons

HEPPNER - Willow Creek Country Club will hold junior golf lessons July 16-19 and July 23-24 for ages five to 15.

Cost is $20 and clubs will be available for all ages to use.

Registration will be taken on the first day of lessons.

For more information call Greg Grant at 676-5257.

Wildhorse boasts top-40 course

MISSION - Wildhorse Resort and Casino's golf course was named one of the top 40 casino courses in the nation by Golf Digest magazine in its July edition, the only Oregon or Washington course to make the list.

The course is marking its 10th anniversary in 2007.

The list was selected by a ranking panel made of more than 800 low-handicap players.

Of the top 40, 26 courses are connected to casinos owned by Native American tribes, a sign of the increasing presence of tribes and their members in the sport.

Wildhorse stands out from the other courses on the list because of it's low green fees, which range from $41 to $47, half the cost of the next lowest green fees.

Officials needed for upcoming seasons

WILSONVILLE - The Oregon Athletic Officials Association and the Oregon School Activities Association are recruiting officials for the upcoming high school fall sports seasons. The OAOA has an immediate need for officials in football, volleyball and soccer.

OAOA Executive Director Jack Folliard says becoming a high school official has several benefits including staying involved in athletics, maintaining good physical condition and earning extra money.

"Oregon has a desperate need for officials in all sports," said Folliard, an Oregon high school basketball official and Pacific-10 football crew chief. "New officials not only provide valuable service to high schools and student-athletes, but also have an opportunity to work up to the college and professional levels."

For more information, telephone the OAOA office at 503-975-4488 or send an e-mail to OAOA Executive Director Jack Folliard at jack@oreofficals.org, or Associate Executive Director Clark Sanders at clark@oreofficials.org.

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