Local golfer to play in the New Mexico open
Socorro resident Miguel Griego will compete in the 2012 Santa Ana Star Casino New Mexico Open, New Mexico’s major golf tournament and one of the leading tournaments in the Southwest.
The tournament will take place at the Santa Ana Golf Club, located on the Pueblo of Santa Ana in New Mexico, between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Offering the largest tournament purse in the state, the Santa Ana Star Casino New Mexico Open will host the nation’s top professional and amateur golfers beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 18.
“We are very excited that Miguel Griego will be participating in the 2012 Santa Ana Star Casino New Mexico Open,” said Roger Martinez, chief executive officer at Santa Ana Golf, Inc.
“This year we expect the nation’s top professional and amateur golfers to be challenged by the incredible course conditions and unmatched level of play.”
Practice rounds will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 17. The first round of the tournament will commence on Tuesday, Sept. 18 with the first tee-off at 7:30 a.m. After the second round on Wednesday, Sept. 19, the field of golfers will be cut to a score of low 50s and ties, with the final round taking place on Thursday, Sept. 20.
Following the tournament, the award presentation will take place in front of the championship scoreboard immediately after the final score is posted.
Registration for the Santa Ana Star Casino New Mexico Open is $425 for Sun Country PGA members, $550 for PGA golf professionals (outside of the Sun Country PGA Section), $750 for a non-PGA professional, and $350 for amateurs. Golfers can register on the PGA Sun Country web site at www.nmopen.com.
Santa Ana Golf Club has hosted the most major championships in New Mexico, including seven New Mexico Open Championships, three Nationwide Tour events, two PGA Professional National Championships, the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship, the Regional PGA Club Professional Championship, qualifiers for the U.S. Open and Senior U.S. Open, 15 Sun Country Amateur Golf Association Four-Ball Championships. More than 40 USGA qualifying events have been played at Santa Ana Golf Club and its sister course Twin Warriors Golf Club.