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Jr. America’s Cup Being Held at Isleta

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Many of the PGA Tour’s future stars will be on display today when the 38th annual Junior America’s Cup begins at Isleta Eagle Golf Course.

It’s the first time the tournament has been held in Albuquerque since 1993. The 54-hole event concludes Thursday.

PGA Tour stars like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have played in past America’s Cups.

“The track record of this event producing PGA Tour caliber players in phenomenal,” says SCAGA executive director Matt Williams. “When you look at Tiger, Phil, Mark O’Meara, Anthony Kim, the list goes on and on of great players.

“The great thing is, the kids know that, and they kind of hold themselves to a higher standard at this event. Their behavior is a little better,  and it’s because of the effect of so many great players from the past. They want to act like them.”

The team competition features four boys of 17-under on each squad in a stroke-play format.

Both the Sun Country PGA and the Sun Country Amateur Golf Association will host the tournament, which includes representatives from 17 golf associations and PGA sections throughout the western parts of Canada, Mexico and the United States.

Tee times are from 8-10:40 a.m. today and Wednesday with all players going off the No. 1 tee.

The teams will tee off from 7:30- 9 a.m. on Thursday, going off both the first and 10th tees.

The Sun Country team —  Santa Fe’s Marty Sanchez, El Paso’s Jere Pelletier, and the Albuquerque duo of Simon Miller and James Lee —  tees off today from 10-10:40 a.m.

The teams are paired by leaders each of the final two rounds.

The event began in 1959 at Pebble Beach (Calif.)