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Golf Briefs

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — City Golf Fee Hikes Start Next Week

Albuquerque’s municipal golf course fee increases begin Monday. The rate hikes, which are across the board, were endorsed by the Golf Advisory Board in June.

“Following a detailed and comprehensive citywide public golf cost of service analysis, it has been determined that in order to create a solvent enterprise fund for public golf, a fee increase is necessary,” said Barbara Baca, director of City Parks and Recreation.


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The increases affect Arroyo del Oso, Los Altos, Ladera and Puerto del Sol.

Taos High Golf Is Back in the Swing

After a one-year absence, Taos High recently resurrected its golf program.

The Taos Country Club is working with the student golfers, allowing them to play in exchange for picking up range balls every Wednesday.

“With the interest (from students) and support from the club, it didn’t seem reasonable not to have it anymore,” school athletic director Nickie McCarty told the Taos News. “I’m excited to get it back again. We want to give the kids experience, and golf is a lifelong sport.”

TCC assistant golf pro Carville Bourg recently participated in a golf marathon to raise money for the high school program. He played 100 holes in one day, which took him about eight hours, and he raised $2,500. Half of the money raised went to the Sun Country Junior Golf Foundation and the rest went to Taos Junior Golf.

Estrada Wins His 1st Summer Major

Belen’s Alex Estrada picked up his first major win of the summer, edging out Albuquerque’s Patrick Beyhan as the two were in the hunt yet again.


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Estrada, a recent University of New Mexico graduate, beat UTEP golfer Devin Miertschin of El Paso in sudden death for the New Mexico-West Texas Amateur on Sunday in Las Cruces.

Beyhan, who won the Sun Country Match Play and Albuquerque Men’s City Amateur this summer, tied for third. Beyhan played for Western New Mexico the past two years and is transferring to New Mexico State.


♦ New Mexico Sports Inc. and Kids First, a nonprofit organization benefiting needy kids through sports, will host a tourney at the UNM Championship Course on July 27, with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Cost is $125 per player; email or call 505-263-7082.

♦ The Don’t Meth With Us tournament is Aug. 4 at 8 a.m. at the Santa Ana Golf Club. Proceeds go to the YMCA, the Don’t Meth with Us program and the Del Norte Rotary Club. Cost is $175 per player. Call Mike Skolnick at 505-239-8833.

♦ The Sandoval County Chapter of the Lobo Club Golf Tournament is Aug. 4 at Paa-Ko Ridge, with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Cost is $125 per player. Call 505-925-5014.

♦ A benefit tournament Aug. 17 at Sandia Golf Club will provide scholarship support for deaf children attending Presbyterian Ear Institute. Team entry is $500; format is two-man best ball. The winning team advances and receives an all-expenses paid trip to the Mercedes-Benz sectional tournament in Oahu, Hawaii, Nov. 3-7. Visit or call 224-7020.
— This article appeared on page C4 of the Albuquerque Journal