On a cloudy afternoon the New Mexico Tech Golf Course hosted a 4th of July themed friendly golf tournament on July 6. As part of its monthly ’scramble’ series, 29 competitors took to the course during the shotgun style event. Head Administrator Sabino Grijalva organized the event and assigned groupings at the putting practice area before players took to the course.
“This is more relaxed style golf,” he said. “It’s still competitive, especially amongst the individual groups going head to head. But there is nothing serious at stake beside bragging rights. For example golfers can use carts as opposed to walking the course. This is not intense competition like a PGA qualifier would be. Today is more about having fun. We have a few high school kids playing against some of our older golfers which makes for a unique type of competition on the course.”
Tech club members paid 20 dollars for the round of 18 with non-members paying 25 dollars. Golfers began on the back nine side of the course, most of which teeing off on the straight shot par 3 hole at 15.
Paul J. Romero was born and raised in Socorro and is a retiree of EMRTC. At the age of 63 he hits the course whenever possible after taking up golf more than 17 years ago.
“I’m out here with a bunch of friends and family,” he said. “This is a great way to enjoy the day. I don’t care about winning or losing. My thing is getting together with friends on the course. But on my competitive side, I’m going eight under par easy. Watch out for my short game.”
After making their way through the course official competitors were provided food and drinks at the outdoor lounge area of the club house.
New Mexico Tech’s next golf event will be the Socorro Junior Golf Foundation fundraiser on July 27th at 9 a.m. The Socorro High School football fundraiser will follow that up on Aug. 4 to raise money for the upcoming 2019 SHS season.