Beat the super on the greens

Members of the SWGA were in full swing while taking on New Mexico Tech Golf Course Superintendent John Adams. Pictured with Adams is longtime members Alice Odoty and Rita Steinnerd.

New Mexico Tech Golf course hosted a “Beat the Super” golf tournament on August 14. Course Superintendent John Adams played three six hole rounds with members of the Socorro Women’s Golf Association.

“This is something we try to do with all of our staff,” Director Sabino Grijalva said. “John is an amateur but we like to call these mini tournaments ‘beat the pro’ for fun. The ladies get to hit the course and try to beat John.”

Adams has been with the Tech facility for three years. He moved from Amarillo, Texas after applying for the open position at the course. He was in good spirits during the first round of golf despite being behind with his first group of SWGA opponents.

“They’re spanking me out there so far,” he said. “But I love doing these types of events. Don’t sleep on them because these ladies out there talk a lot of trash and love being competitive. You can’t underestimate them. Golf is a fun sport and it’s a joy to be around these competitors.”

One of Adams’s first opponents was Alice Odoty, a SWGA member for more than 40 years.

“This is our course,” she said. “Any chance we can be out here playing golf is exciting for all of us. Wednesday in particular is our play day if you will. I try to get out a couple of times a week. This is a great game to challenge your psyche. Coming out here helps you both physically as well as mentally.”

Rita Steinnerd was also on the course early Wednesday morning and never missed a fairway during her six hole round.

“We’re kicking his (Adams) butt alright,” she said. “But he’s giving it the old college try. The key is getting into his head. Our goal today is to beat him, simple as that. You are also constantly encouraging your opponent on the golf course.

Individually you try to do the best you can but always have it in mind to try and support each other on the course.”

On September 18 the SWGA will have its next test when they try to beat Socorro Warriors Head Coach Russ Moore before the two day club championships on September 25-26.