MISSION -- .A team of nine golfers representing Wildhorse Golf Course placed third at the First Nations Cup, held Aug. 6-9 at Nk'Mip Canyon Desert Golf Course in Oliver, British Columbia. The team shared $6,000 in winnings.

Sid Jones, Nathan Dick, Gary George, Keith Quaempts, Louie Quaempts, Vern McKay, Tom Rodriguez and Leo Stewart, with John Barkley as alternate, represented Wildhorse for the first time in the First Nations Cup.

The format for the tournament was similar to the Ryder Cup, with different formats each day. According to Dick, Sid Jones took first in stroke play, leading the field that day.

Although Barkley was listed as the alternate, Dick said that a different player served as the alternate on different days, giving everyone a chance to golf.

The First Nations Cup has, Dick said, been primarily played on the East Coast before moving to British Columbia this year.

Its proximity made the group decide to go, and Dick hopes they go again in 2005.

Coming Up at Wildhorse

The Senior Indian Invitational Tournament for Indian men and women age 40 and older begins this Friday. The entry fee is $110 and includes a tee prize, two rounds of golf and the Saturday night banquet. Age divisions are Junior Senior (40-49), Seniors (50-57), Masters (58-64 and Super Seniors (65 and over).

For more information, contact Laine Wortman at (541) 276-5588 or Gary George at (541) 276-5588.

Meanwhile, the stars are lining up to tee off in the third annual Wildhorse Celebrity Golf Tournament Aug. 19-21.

Among the famous duffers will be Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson of the St. Louis Cardinals; Bill Walton, a former Portland Trail Blazer now with ESPN/ABC Sports, Ed "Too Tall" Jones of the Dallas Cowboys and former Blazer Maurice Cheeks.

The entry fee is $200 per person or $760 per foursome and includes greens fees, cart, lunch, tickets to the Players Pairing Party, the awards banquet to be hosted by Walton and tee prizes.

Each foursome will play two rounds of golf with two different celebrities. The deadline to enter is Monday, Aug. 16.

If you want to meet the celebrities but can't play in the tournament, they will be on hand to meet and greet the public at 7 p.m. in the Wildhorse Casino Entertainment Hall.

The public is also welcome to purchase tickets to attend the awards banquet, which are on sale now at the Wildhorse Gift Shop for $30.

To sign up for the tournament, call Butch Thurman at 1-800-654-9453, or locally at 966-1510.

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