Greg Condon of Monte Vista, Colo. won the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship qualifier at Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club on Monday.
Condon, 56, shot a 3-under par 69 to grab the lone qualifying spot to the national championship event at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore., Aug. 25-30.
Condon was among a field of 26 players who competed amid difficult conditions in Sandia Park.
Jack Slayton of Albuquerque finished second at 3-over 75.
Challenge Cup set for Aug. 6
The teams for the annual Sun Country Challenge Cup were recently announced.
The event will take place at Red Hawk Golf Course in Las Cruces on Aug. 6.
Once a year, the governing bodies for amateur and professional golf in the Sun Country region face off for bragging rights.
The Sun Country PGA and the Sun Country Amateur Golf Association serve up their top 16 players to compete in a one-day competition to see who will lay claim to the Challenge Cup.
The amateurs team consists of: Albuquerque’s Sean Carlon, Bowen Davis, Ross Sinclair, Kevin Sivage, Jack Slayton and Samantha Surette, as well as Rio Rancho’s Chandler Smith-Stetson, Greg Condon (Monte Vista, Colo.), Ryo Harada (Las Cruces), Noah Hicks (El Paso), Brian Kern (El Paso), Isaac Merry (Las Cruces), Greg Mundy (El Paso), Anton Salome (Socorro), Shaun Weaver (Artesia) and Greg Yellin (El Paso).
The pros roster: Albuquerque’s Kevin Amhaus, Scott Gates, Bill Harvey, John McDermott, Pat Murphy and Sarah Rippberger, as well as Carlton Blewett (Roswell), Eric Chavez (Carlsbad), Mike Ciolek (Rio Rancho), Javier Delgadillo (El Paso), Russ Lara (El Paso), Scott Lieberwirth (El Paso), Devin Miertschin (El Paso), Daniel Nunez (Ruidoso), Jeff Olisar (Corrales) and Anthony Romero (Capitan).
The professionals hold an overall edge with a 33-17-1 record in the Ryder Cup-style format.
Holes in one
GEORGE MONTEZ, Albuquerque: Santa Ana Golf Club Star No. 8, 132 yards, 5-hybrid, his third
FRANK BUTCHKO, Albuquerque: Cochiti Golf Club No. 16, 136 yards, 7-iron, his first
Shot his age
DON KIGER, Albuquerque: Age 73, shot 73 at Paradise Hills Golf Course
DICK BAHR, Las Cruces: Age 79 , shot 77 at Sonoma Ranch Golf Club.