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Golf tournament honors Vale man’s memory, helps kids

Happy Willowcreek Elementary students hold their new yoga mats, purchased with money generated from the David Bates Memorial Golf Tournament. At upper right, Beau Mooney and his son Thomas are standing next to Jessica Bates, David Bates’ widow. (Submitted photo)

VALE - Three years after his death, and in honor of his namesake, the David Bates Memorial Golf Tournament continues to help fund programs at Vale schools. 

Bates, who grew up in Vale and graduated from Vale High School, was killed in a collision in 2017 that also injured his wife, Jessica. Anthony Montwheeler of Idaho is awaiting trial, accused of Bates’ death. 

After the crash, Bates’ nephew Beau Mooney decided not to let his uncle’s death be in vain. 

So, Mooney, and his wife, Kaysi Mooney, started the golf tournament as a way . . .