Easing of statewide coronavirus restrictions have enabled the New Mexico Tech golf course to resume holding tournaments.
NM Tech’s 26th annual President’s Golf Tournament will be held at the campus golf course today, Friday, and Saturday. About 300 golfers are expected to participate.
The event raises money to provide tuition assistance for students. Over the years, more than 350 NMT students have received financial assistance from funds raised by the tournament.
The tournament will require golfers to follow a variety of COVID-19 guidelines. Golfers must wear masks until they tee off and after they finish the course. They must stay in their vehicles until 30 minutes before their tee time.
Only a single rider will be allowed in golf carts. Players must maintain a six-foot distance on the first tee. No handshakes or physical contact are allowed. Golfers are not permitted to remove flag sticks. Players will be asked to refrain from touching other golfer’s equipment.
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. each day. Tee times range from 7:30 a.m. until 2:50 p.m. Box lunches will be available. A virtual awards presentation will be held at 7 p.m. each day. There will be a separate prize package for each day’s play.
Companies can sponsor the event for prices ranging from $3,000 to $25,000, or individual holes for $200 to $400. Teams of four golfers can enter for $1,250. Individual players can participate for $325.
The NMT golf course hosted the United States Senior Professional Tour on Sept. 9 and 10. Seventeen golfers participated in the 36-hole tournament. Most came from New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona.
The tournament was supposed to have three divisions — a senior division, a junior division, and an open division — but the junior division was cancelled.
Steve Jurgensen, of Houston, came from behind on the second day to win the senior division, shooting 136, and taking home a $1,000 purse. Bill Harvey, of Albuquerque, and Javier Delgadillo, of El Paso, tied for second, shooting 140, each winning $600.
Antone Salome, of Socorro, finished first in the open division, winning $300. Ron Schroeder finished second and Lynn Fisher, of Andrews, Texas, came in third.