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Wed, June 19

Locals compete in annual tourney

Kids wouldn't play Little League baseball or youth football, basketball or soccer.

We wouldn't understand what it means to be competitive, to have that inner desire to win.

Dads are the driving force behind any athlete.

Sure, Mom wants her athlete to do well and is the biggest fan, but it's Dad who teaches us how to play, how to act and how to be a fan – for good and for bad.

Kids don't normally ask their moms to teach them how to shoot a jumpshot or throw a spiral with a football.

It's the time of year where we take time to honor our fathers, and June is the best month to honor our fathers.

The basketball season has usually just ended, football season is around the corner, baseball is well under way and it's the perfect time of the year to hit the links.

Summer officially starts, and that usually means Dad can be found by the barbecue.

Other than barbecues, summer is the time of vacations, fun and offseason training.

Athletes attend training camps and work out, so that next season they can be a star and make their dad proud.

Athletes appreciate the moms who drive to all the practices and attend all the games.

But it means a little more when Dad shows up to a middle-of-the-week, afternoon game.

I remember as a small child going to BYU football and basketball games with my dad and becoming a true blue, dyed-in-the-wool Cougar fan.

It's the little stuff dads do that make them special.

They take the time to coach Little League.

They volunteer their free time to teach a bunch of kids how to play.

Then they have to put up with some people who just don't appreciate their efforts.

But there's more than just sports – there's helping with homework, family vacations, providing a little bit of advice on how to deal with a situation.

Dads push and prod, not that they're trying to live out their superstar dreams, but because they know and understand how to make their children succeed.

Tiger Woods is one of golf's most successful players and his father pushed him at a very young age to become a superstar.

The Williams sisters are tennis' most talented players right now and they were taught by their father to push each other and work hard to be successful.

But other than being a superstar athlete, one of the most important things a father can teach is how to react to life.

And that thing is usually taught at a young age.

When a kid makes a mistake in the game or gets a little bruised and banged up, there's one thing a father will always say, " You're okay, just walk it off."

It's a little piece of advice that goes a long way in more than just sports.

Happy Father's Day.

Brent Hinckley is the Miner's sports writer.

His column appears on Thursdays and Sundays.

He can be reached by e-mail at

KINGMAN – The focus of the golf world is on the U.S.

Open this weekend, but local golfers will have their own tournament in which to compete.

The Cerbat Cliffs Golf Course is hosting the sixth annual Kingsmen Tournament on Saturday.

The tournament will be played as a three-person scramble with an 8 a.m.

shotgun start.

The tournament is dedicated to the memory of Sarah Renee Cullison, who died in 1999.

Approximately 80 individuals are expected to participate in the Kingsmen tournament.

Entrants signed up as a team or individually, but a blind draw will set up teams using the A, B, and C-handicaps.

Several prizes have been donated by local businesses.

Cash prizes will be awarded for a hole-in-one on any of the four par-three holes.

Anyone wanting to enter the tournament can contact Cerbat Cliffs Golf Course at 753-6593 or stop by the course's pro shop.


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