By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun
Thirty-five golfers took part in the Shoot Out Friday afternoon in Tucumcari.
Local golfers and visiting golfers took part in the first day of the 35th annual Vic Breen scholarship golf tournament.
“This is my 25th year competing in the tournament,” said Roger Bowe of San Jon. “It is a good tournament that goes towards a good cause.”
“I’ve played twice in the Vic Breen tournament. The last time was five years ago,” said Marcus Molina of Silver City. “I enjoy the tournament and it is like taking a vacation when I come here.”
Sixty-four golfers will compete today at the tournament.
There are 32 two-person golf teams that have registered to play this year in the tournament, said Tucumcari Golf Course PGA professional Howie Tucker.
The previous two tournaments have raised money to offer $1,000 scholarships to one or more seniors from Tucumcari High School, said Tucker. The senior has to have been a member of the Tucumcari Golf Team, he said.
Last year two graduating seniors were each awarded a $1,000 scholarship, and the year before that three graduates were each awarded $1,000 the scholarship, said Tucker.
“The money raised goes towards a scholarship for a senior who participates in the golf program,” said Tucker.
Scholarship winners do not have to enroll in a college program geared toward golf, or aim to become a pro. But golf does provide other careers, Tucker said.
“There are a lot of tremendous opportunities in golfing and not just in the game itself. “There is a business aspect of golf that can be very beneficial to study, such as golf course design, golf course management, golf club design and turf management.”
Winner – Cole English
Winner – Gale Brown
Winner – Jim Norris
Highlight of Day
Cole English made a Hole
In One at #3 using a 5 Iron.
“It was a fun day for all, with folks coming from Colorado, Oklahoma, Silver CIty and all around the State.” – Howie Tucker, PGA professional, Tucumcari Municipal Golf Course