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Oregon Buckaroo Repeats As Ketchum Kalf Rodeo's All-Around Cowboy

Sam Willis of Terrebonne, Ore., wins second-straight Murray Memorial Buckle and third in four years

Someday the operators of Glenwood's Ketchum Kalf Rodeo may have to name a belt buckle after Terrebonne, Ore., cowboy Sam Willis.

That's because Willis won his second-straight Ketchum Kalf all-around cowboy award -- the H.L. "Tye" Murray Memorial Buckle -- and third in four years during last weekend's 67th edition of the Father's Day classic.

The award, named after one of the rodeo's founders, goes to the cowboy with the most money won in two or more events, including one rough stock event and one timed event.

Willis, who collected $507.60 in prize money, fulfilled the rough stock requirement by winning the steer wrestling competition. He posted a time of 3.65 seconds on Saturday to beat Ron Whitmire of Goldendale by .81 seconds. He added a fifth-place finish in cow milking, in a time of 34.95 seconds, to secure another Murray Memorial Buckle for his collection.

Only a victory by Goldendale's Bart Fouts, in 1999, interrupted Willis' string of all-around success on Father's Day weekend.

Jesse Sanburg of West Linn, Ore., didn't contend for all-around honors, but he pocketed the most money during the two-day rodeo. He won the only event he entered -- bull riding -- with a score of 76, good for total earnings of $844.80.

The weekend's top score, however, belonged to Jack Petekin of Molalla, Ore. He rode Rockin C to victory in the bareback event. For his effort, he merited a score of 81 from the judges and picked up a $349.20 paycheck.

Brenda Mays of Terrebonne was the top money-winner among the women. She earned $468.51 for her victory in barrel racing (she edged Jerita Belyea of Hermiston, Ore., 18.12 seconds to 18.19) and anĂ¿other $97 for a sixth-place finish in breakaway calf roping.

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