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Sun Country pros defend the Cup

The Sun Country PGA Professional team successfully defended its title to win the Challenge Cup 41-31 on Monday at Red Hawk Golf Club in Las Cruces.

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 for the Challenge Cup. The professionals lead the series 34-17-1.

The event was staged in a playing format similar to the Ryder Cup as both teams faced off in team play in the morning and singles play in the afternoon.

The professionals edged the amateurs in the singles competition, 24.5-23.5, and in the team event, 16.5-7.5.

The Sun Country PGA Professional team consisted of 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 Sun Country Amateurs: Albuquerque’s Sean Carlon, Bowen Davis, Ross Sinclair, Kevin Sivage, Jack Slayton and Samantha Surette, as well as Rio Rancho’s Chandler Smith-Stetson, and 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).

Thomas takes Junior finale

Aidan Thomas, a rising senior at St. Pius High, won the Sun Country Junior Tour Championship, a two-day event that ended Tuesday at The Canyon Club.

Thomas shot 69-71 for 4-under-par 140 and a six-shot victory, as Christian Arguello of Albuquerque finished second at 2-over in the Boys’ 16-18 Division.

Albuquerque’s Alexander Moores (72-71—143) won the Boys’ 13-15 Division.

Grady Cox of Belen won the Boys’ 10-12 Division, a one-round competition, with a 73.

Lincoln Hoffer of Los Alamos won the Boys’ 7-9 Division with a 86.

Callia Ward of Albuquerque won the Girls’ 10-12 Division with a 74.

Eleanna Carris of Albuquerque won the Girls’ 13-15 Division with 92-89—181.

Alexis Escobedo of Amarillo won the Girls’ 16-18 Division with 75-78—153.

Hole In One

PAM SPRIET, Albuquerque: Santa Ana Golf Club Star No. 8, 106 yards, her first

Shot His Age

JIM FARLEY, 81, shot 74 at Los Altos Golf Course

ART ORTIZ, 77, shot 77 at Los Altos Golf Course

(This is the final week of the golf page for 2018. To submit information for daily publicatiion, email sports@abqjournal.com or call 823-3935.)

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