Sun Valley Tradition

Every August for the past 44 years, the Killebrew-Thompson Memorial has gathered people from across the country around a common goal:

Find a cure for leukemia and other cancers

What began as a golf tournament among friends has expanded beyond the golf course into a four-day affair showcasing the best of Sun Valley. The traditional event lineup includes an Idaho Welcome BBQ, Live & Silent Auction Gala, Concert for a Cure, and outdoor activities that include fly fishing, sport shooting, horseback riding, and whitewater rafting.

Registration for the Sun Valley golf tournament has closed. If you have any questions or want to change your scheduled activities, please email Patrick at


Golfer Benefits

  • Two tournament golf rounds
  • $500 shopping credit to online tournament store
  • On-course breakfast and lunch during tournament 


The format is four-person, two best-ball over two-days at Sun Valley Golf’s Trail Creek and Elkhorn Golf Courses. Max Handicap: Men 24 | Women 36.

Competition concludes at the Sun Valley Club with trophies awarded to the three lowest scoring teams, low net and low gross, longest drive and closest to the pin for individual men and women.

Social Functions

Each day of the event features a social function where golfers and their guests can gather off the course over fine food
and drinks, live music, and other delights.

Welcome BBQ

Kick off the weekend with a Western welcome at Sun Valley’s historic Trail Creek Cabin! Dig in to classic Gem State fare to the sounds of live music and Trail Creek babbling nearby while taking in views of Bald Mountain.


The two-day tournament concludes with an awards ceremony that presents trophies to: 

  • The three lowest scoring teams
  • Individual low net and low gross scores (men’s and women’s)
  • Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin (each day and course, men’s a and women’s) 


Toast wins in the fight against cancer and raise paddles to a cancer-free future. The live and silent auctions feature an array of carefully curated packagesfrom exclusive experiences to  collectibles. Enjoy live music, cocktails, and dinner by one of Sun Valley’s master chefs.

Check out the video of the 2020 Virtual Gala.

for a Cure

Sing and dance along to timeless classics at one of Sun Valley’s scenic outdoor venues, while championing a worthy cause. Headliners of past shows include Huey Lewis & the News, Journey’s Steve Augeri,  Kenny Loggins, Foreigner, Don Felder, The Doobie Brothers, and Beatles cover band, 1964…The Tribute.

Pre-Tournament Activities

On the two days before the tournament, golfers can choose from five activities that showcase
the beauty of the Sun Valley area. Social guests may join for an additional fee.

Practice Rounds

Tee up for competition play before the tournament at Elkhorn or Sun Valley golf courses.


Soak in the scenery of the Sawtooths floating down the Salmon River near Stanley, Idaho.

Shooting Sports

Take your best shot at the Sun Valley Gun Club with trap, five-stand, or sporting clays.

Horseback Riding

Get a taste of Sun Valley’s Western heritage with a guided ride led by Sun Valley Stables.


Hone your casting skills in picturesque streams with the local knowledge of an expert guide.

Social Guest Activities

Guests of participating golfers can enjoy an array of diversions during the two days of tournament play.

Guided Hike

Hit the trail with a local for elevated views of the five surrounding mountain ranges.

Luncheon & Fashion Show

View trends curated from Sun Valley's finest boutiques over an al fresco lunch.

Cooking Class

Delight in the culinary arts of the Wood River Valley with lessons from a top-notch chef.


Sun Valley Resort

Lodging is available at Sun Valley Resort under the KTM room block. Enjoy resort luxury at your choice of the the Lodge, the Inn, or Lodge Apartments. To take advantage of the group rate, book via the link below or call reservations with the group code.

 800-786-8259 | Group Code: 0821KTGO

Alternate Lodging

Knob Hill Inn    
Limelight Hotel
Hotel Ketchum

Getting There

By Plane

Alaska AirlinesDelta Airlines, and United Airlines serve the Friedman Memorial Airport (SUN), located 12 miles from the Sun Valley Resort with daily flights to/from Denver (DEN), Los Angeles (LAX), Salt Lake City (SLC), San Francisco (SFO), and Seattle (SEA). 

Boise (BOI)Twin Falls (TWF)Idaho Falls (IDA), and Salt Lake City (SLC) are alternative airport choices. Driving times: Boise 2.5 hours | Twin Falls 2-hours | Idaho Falls 2.75-hours | Salt Lake City 4.25-hours.

Sun Valley Express offers daily, year-round shuttle service between the Boise Airport and Sun Valley Lodge.

By Car

Traveling to Sun Valley by car affords a journey through the scenic Western landscape. Visit Hertz for your rental car needs.