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Hiskey memorial unveiled at Twin Falls GC

On July 29, Twin Falls (Idaho) Parks and Recreation Department unveiled a monument at Twin Falls Municipal Golf Course to celebrate the contributions of the Hiskey family to the city and the state through the game of golf. Hiskey relatives from around the country were in attendance at the ceremony, and Idaho Gov. Brad Little issued a proclamation declaring July 29 as “Hiskey Family Day.”  

Pete Hiskey (1902-1987) created a golfing legacy for the Magic Valley. In the wake of the Depression, he helped build the original nine holes of Twin Falls Municipal Golf Course on the old Oregon Trail. He served as its superintendent, directed the city parks department, and helped build Blue Lakes Country Club and several other southern Idaho courses.  

Pete and wife Valna raised their family in a stone house near the fifth tee of Twin Falls GC. All the kids caddied, even their daughter Beverly. Their three boys – Sonny, Jim, and Babe – won eight consecutive Idaho amateur championships. Sonny led North Texas State to a NAIA national title, and Jim won three NCAA national team titles while playing for the University of Houston. 

Babe played 15 years on the PGA TOUR, winning three times, and a decade on the PGA Champions Tour. He competed in two Masters Tournaments. 

The perpetual trophy of the Idaho Golf Association’s Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship is called the Hiskey Family Cup.