For the sixth year, the Pendaries Pro-Am Golf Tournament will be raising more than divots on the scenic Rociada course.
The Pro-Am, which begins 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 30, will also be raising money for area charities, primarily the Ilfeld Foundation and its effort to help pay health care costs for those who cannot afford them.
A few slots in the tournament were still available as of press time, so local golfers are invited to join in on the amateur side of the draw. (Amateurs must have a U.S. Golf Association handicap.) Entry fee is $100 a player, and that fee covers greens fees, range fee, purse and dinner after the round. Those interested may contact Larry Webb, Pendaries’ golf pro, at the course.
The Pro-Am carries what Webb calls a five-man Las Vegas scramble format. “Everyone tees off, take the best shot and play from there with one-half of your handicap,” Webb explains. One gross ball and two net balls will be calculated per hole.
Prizes including cash awards will be at stake for competitors. The actual prize amounts won’t be finalized until the day of the event because of their dependence on sponsorship money. But top prize for the pro side is estimated at $1,200. Webb says he’s added some $1,400 to the purse for prizes on the amateur side for low gross and net scores.
“This is the sixth year for the Pro-Am in its current design,” Webb notes. “We have been affiliated with Ilfeld Foundation for three years. We have raised a total of approximately $30,000 for northern New Mexico charities.”
In the 2009 tournament, Eric Harp, 69, from Rio Rancho, beat Webb himself by one stroke to take home the low pro prize — $1,000.
Denver linkster Ted O’Shields won the team event and a $200 prize.
“Pendaries Village Community Association has donated green fees and a lot of volunteers will be helping to make sure that this is a great event for northern New Mexico,” Webb says.
Notes: The Pendaries Golf Course will be bustling in the days ahead. The course also plans a club championship beginning this Saturday.
Then, next Saturday, Aug. 28, the 2010 Luna Community College Foundation Annual Golf Tournament will take over the links.
A shotgun start is scheduled at 9 a.m. A four-person team sponsorship is $1,000 or $250 per individual. Individuals are welcome to play. A hole sponsorship is $250. The entry fee covers green fees, a cart, and a prime rib dinner.
All money raised will be used for scholarships, say LCC officials.
Prizes will be given for longest drive (men’s and women’s divisions) and closest to the pin (men’s and women’s). A hole-in-one contest for a vehicle prize will also take place. Team prizes will be awarded for first through third place plus a first place gross score in a four-person scramble format.
For more information on the LCC tourney, call Ernesto Salazar at 425-7584 or Lawrence Quintana at 454-2502.