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Golf briefs

Junior tour registration open
Membership registration for the Sun Country Junior Golf Tour is open, offering a schedule full of events throughout June and July.
The tour features junior golfers of all skill levels in New Mexico and El Paso County, Texas. The junior golfers have a platform to work on with their membership, as well as showcase and utilize their skills in a competition-based environment.
This year’s junior tour will host approximately 40 golf tournaments across the state of New Mexico and El Paso, including the Sun Country Junior Match Play Championship, the Junior PGA National Championship Qualifier and the Junior Tour Championship, which is slated for Aug. 6-7 at The Canyon Club.
This year’s memberships will cost $45 and individual tournament entries will be $30 (exceptions include the major championships and national and local qualifiers).
Register online, receive more information and see the 2018 tournament schedule at, or call 505-897-0864.
Martinez leads way at NMSU course
Conrad Martinez of Tucson grabbed the top of two spots available at the U.S. Open local qualifier at New Mexico State Golf Course on May 14.
Martinez shot 6-under-par 66. Calum Hill of Scotland grabbed the other spot after shooting 68. Twenty-six players were vying for the two spots.
They advance to U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying on June 4, dubbed, “the longest day in golf,” with the hopes of advancing to the 188th U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, N.Y., June 14-17.
Marty Sanchez of Santa Fe is the top alternate from the qualifier in Las Cruces. He is the son of Lee Sanchez, the head professional at Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Course. He shot 69.
Jake Spencer of El Paso also shot 69 and took the final alternate spot.
Senior Challenge at Paa-Ko Ridge
The United States Senior Challenge, the nation’s only senior amateur event conducted in a state-team format, begins Monday at Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Course.
The 54-hole, three-day event starts with practice rounds.
The U.S. Senior Challenge features teams of four from each competing state, and will also contest an individual championship.
“Paa-Ko Ridge has cemented its place over the last 15 years as the star of golf in New Mexico, if not the Southwest,” Mike Quinlan, the USSC executive director, said in a release. “We’re excited to provide that as well as the culture of Albuquerque and Santa Fe to our participants.”
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n The U.S. Senior Open qualifier comes up Tuesday at The Club at Las Campanas in Santa Fe. A field of 69 will play for two spots to get into the US Senior Open at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs later this summer.
n Jack Slayton and UNM Lobo Sean Carlon won the Sun Country Four Ball Team Championship at 20-under (65-67-64) over 54 holes at Santa Ana GC this past weekend. … Christine Hoffee and Maxann Schwartz won the women’s division at 1-over (74-70-73).
Shot his age
DICK KRISTOF, 74, shot 74 at Santa Ana Golf Club’s Tamaya and Cheena nines.