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This is the final golf page of 2013. But if you have tips or feature ideas, please email msmith@abqjournal.com at any time.

Challenge Cup pits father vs. son

The annual Challenge Cup takes place Monday at the Santa Fe Country Club. It matches the Sun Country Golf Association’s top pros against its top amateurs in a format similar to the Ryder Cup.

The most intriguing individual match is between the El Paso duo of Mark and Jere Pelletier. Mark, a former Sandia High and University of New Mexico player, is the director of golf at El Paso Country Club. Jere is his son.

Jere won the New Mexico-West Texas Amateur Championship earlier this summer, a title Mark won twice in his amateur days. They are the only father-son combination to win the event.

Etc. …

• Sandia Golf Club has continued its Twilight Rates summer special through August. From Monday-Thursday, play at the twilight rate of $46.00 starting at 1 p.m. The fee includes greens fees, cart and range balls.

• The first- and second-place finishers in the Desert Greens Ladies 18-hole “Ace Day Play” from Tuesday: first flight, Judith Jones, Juanita Frongillo; second, Rebecca Luco, Cathie Anderson; third, Helen Tricoglou, Sharen Sheehan. Ace (overall winner): Lorie Click

Hole in one

DAVID SMITH JR. – Isleta Eagle Lake Course, No. 4, 112 yards, sand wedge, his first.

WILEY GLADSON JR. – Santa Ana GC, Tamaya No. 4, 156 yards, 9-wood, his second.

Double eagle

ERIK MATTHEWS – Santa Ana GC, Tamaya No. 4.

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No. 2: | “Narrow Passage” | Par 4, 353 yards
  A fairway wood or long iron is adequate off the tee. The short par 4 places a premium on accuracy.  Favor the left side of the fairway to have a great angle into the pin. Better players should try to drive the ball as close as possible to the arroyo fronting the green to be able to attack the pin for an easy birdie attempt. This might require a driver off the tee setting you up with a sand wedge for your approach, but the risk should set you up for a short birdie putt.
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