Tucker seeks greener fairways as pro at T or C

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun

Howie Tucker, PGA golf pro at Tucumcari Municipal Golf Course, has resigned to take a similar position in Truth or Consequences.
Tucker, who has been at the course for three years, said he will be leaving early next year to work for the Truth or Consequences Golf Course.

Tucker said he will be responsible for managing the course and working to turn its 9-hole course into an 18-hole course.

Tucumcari’s 9-hole golf course, which also has two full-time grounds-keepers, is in good shape, Tucker said. His only concern as he plans to leave is the course’s irrigation control system which is 47 years old, Tucker said.

All the major tournaments are over for the year, and its a good time to transition, said Tucker, who added he is working with the city to hand over operations of the course.

“The course is important to the city for visitors and economic development,” Tucker said.

For the past several years, as part of his advocacy for golf, Tucker has written a weekly column for the Quay County Sun, Tuck’s Turf.
Before coming to Tucumcari, Tucker worked as a PGA pro in Tempe, Ariz.

At a recent meeting, the Tucumcari City Commission approved the creation of a Municipal Golf Course Advisory Board. According to the ordinance, the board will advise and make recommendations on the golf course and will consist of the golf pro, the city’s water superintendent, two members of the Mesa Country Club recommended by its board of directors and either the Quay County agent or the head of the NMSU Tucumcari Agricultural Science Center.

At this time, it is undecided how Tucker’s replacement will be selected, said John Sutherland, Tucumcari city manager. “We believe we’d like to hire a PGA professional,” Sutherland said.