Vic Breen Tourney set to begin

TV Hagenah

The Vic Breen Memorial Golf Tournament is scheduled to take place Friday-Sunday July 23-25 at the Tucumcari Municipal Golf Course.

“This is one of the best tournaments all year here,” said golfer and Tucumcari City Manager Richard Primrose.
Primrose said the tournament “Is always well organized” and has a number of different aspects that appeal to both the weekend golfer and the serious competitor.

Club professional Charlie Maciel said the set up would be that it would be a two-man partnership and on the Saturday it would be a best ball competition and on the Sunday it would be the best two balls.

According to “Chipper” Breen the nephew of the late Vic Breen, there will also be a first day shoot out taking place on Friday and special prizes given in a number of different categories.

The tournament is dedicated to Vic Breen, a long-time area district attorney who was shot and killed in 1971 by an individual who was involved in a case Breen had prosecuted.

Chipper Breen said in 1972 a number of his uncle’s friends were sitting around discussing what would be the best way to salute their dead friend and the idea of a golf tournament came up “because he was such an avid golfer.”

The first Vic Breen Memorial Tournament was held in 1972. The first winner was Dale English. Breen’s family is still actively involved with the tournament and each year is in on the trophy presentations to the winners of the tournament in addition to actually taking part in the tournament.

Breen said in the past there have been as many as 50 pairs of golfers taking part in the tourney and he said this year looks as if there will be a comparable turnout in 2004.
“We have players come from all over New Mexico and Arizona, Colorado Texas and Kansas,” said Chipper Breen, “and many say it’s the best tournament in Eastern New Mexico.”

Breen said one of the key elements to the tournament is that one of its purposes is to raise money for scholarships. Each year $500 scholarships are given to seniors who were on the Tucumcari High School Golf Team.

“There were two last year, and three this year,” said the younger Breen. “Since the tournament started, I would say we’ve given away at least $20,000 in scholarships. It’s our way of helping up-and-coming golfers go to college.“
Maciel said there have been “easily” 30 different youths who have received the scholarship.

According to those in charge of the tournament, “the tournament will have something for everyone,” citing door prizes, special prizes for each hole and additional prizes for longest drive and lowest score net and gross.