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Golf Notes

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Challenge Cup Set For Rainmakers GC
The Sun Country Section’s top 20 PGA Golf pros square off with the area’s top 20 amateurs in the annual Challenge Cup on Monday at Rainmakers Golf Course in Ruidoso.
The event has a format similar to the Ryder Cup, with the teams playing team matches in the morning and individual matches in the afternoon.
The amateurs won, outright, last year for the first time since 1999 and trail the series 27-14. They tied in 2000.
Arroyo del Oso’s Bill Harvey, Isleta’s Mike Ciolek and Las Cruces’ Dan Koesters are among the pros while Albuquerque’s Steve Saunders and Brandon Putnam and Rio Rancho’s Tim Madigan are part of the amateur squad.

Enhanced Viewing Available for PGA
DirecTV is offering interactive viewing of the PGA Championship, starting today. Supplementing broadcast feeds from TNT and CBS, as well as the online offering for, DirectTV will provide enhanced and expanded coverage of the event in Oakland Hills Country Club, Mich.
The service is free to DirecTV customers, all in HD. The PGA Championship mix channel (701) will display all four channels on a single screen.

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… Albuquerque’s Terry Kocon will once again be running the scoreboard at the PGA Championship. She has already provided the graphics this year at the PGA Senior Championship, the PNC and U.S. Junior Amateur. She will also do the Senior PNC later this year.

… Albuquerque’s Ryan Baker shot a 6-under 66 recently at Woodmont Country Club in Tamarac, Fla., to earn his first victory on the Minor League Golf Tour. The win was worth $650.

… The third annual American Legion Post 99 charity golf tournament is Aug. 17 at Tijeras Arroyo Golf Course (KAFB). The $65 entry fee includes greens fees, range balls, cart, welcome bag, contests and a steak fry. The event is a two-person scramble with a blind draw for teams.
There will be an 8 a.m. shotgun start. For further information, call Audi at (505) 514-8928 or Rod at (505) 440-4739.
Mark Smith

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BILL CARSON—Arroyo del Oso, No. 9, 180 yards, 3-wood. His first.

LORENZO SAAVEDRA—Tijeras Orroyo, No. 14, 173 yards, 5-iron.

JOHN LORENTZEN—Tanoan, Acoma No. 5, 136 yards, 9-iron.