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College All-America Golf Classic Alumni Participating in Ryder Cup September 28, 2016

College All-America Golf Classic Alumni Participating in Ryder Cup

EL PASO, Texas – The 2016 Ryder Cup teams are set and feature a total of 10 Pro Golf Association (PGA) players that have participated in the Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic in the past. The 10 PGA members are on the teams as either captains, vice-captains or players.

Leading the United States team is All-America Classic alum Davis Love III, who is the team captain. Love III played and won in El Paso during the 1984 tournament. He also played in the 1983 Classic.

“It’s always great to see players that have come and played in El Paso compete in these big tournaments,” Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas said. “I remember seeing players like Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and Ricky Fowler walking the course at the El Paso Country Club as little known collegians.”

The 41st Ryder Cup is set for Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota and team USA has a well-known field that includes Jim Furyk, J.B. Holmes, Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, Ricky Fowler and Brandt Snedeker, all of whom are alumni to the All-America Classic. Joining the former All-America Classic participants on team USA are Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Ryan Moore, Patrick Reid and Jimmy Walker.

Team Europe, which has won eight of the last 10 and six of the last seven Ryder Cups, including the last three in a row, also has an alum from the College All-America Classic. Thomas Pieters, a 2012 player in the Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic, joins newly crowned FedExCup champion Rory McIlroy. They are teamed up with Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer, plus six rookies in Masters Champion Danny Willett, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Andy Sullivan, and Chris Wood.

Play begins Friday morning.

Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic Alumni in Ryder Cup
Name (School Played For) Year Played in SBWRCAAGC Score at CAAGC Finish
Jim Furyk (Arizona) 1990 72-73-73—218 T16
Matt Kuchar (Georgia Tech) 1999 69-67-72—208 1
Davis Love III (North Carolina) 1983 77-75-69—221 T17
1984 70-72-70—212 1
Phil Mickelson (Arizona State) 1989 W/D 24
Tiger Woods (Stanford) 1995 68-71-72—211 1
Jordan Spieth(Texas) 2011 71-72-75—218 T15
Rickie Fowler (Oklahoma State) 2008 72-72-72—216 T16
Brandt Snedeker (Vanderbilt) 2002 74-70-71—215 5
J.B. Holmes (Kentucky) 2002 75-67-76—218 T8
Thomas Pieters (Illinois) 2012 70-67-65—202 4

Ryder Cup Tournament Page Link: http://www.rydercup.com/
PGA Tour Page Link: http://www.pgatour.com/

USA Roster:
Captain: Davis Love III
Vice-Captains: Jim Furyk, Tom Lehman, Steve Stricker, Bubba Watson, Tiger Woods
Players: Rickie Fowler, J.B. Holmes, Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson, Ryan Moore, Patrick Reed, Brandt Snedeker, Jordan Spieth, Jimmy Walker

Europe Roster:
Captain: Darren Clarke
Vice-Captains: Thomas Bjorn, Padraig Harrington, Paul Lawrie, Ian Poulter, Sam Torrance
Players: Rafa Cabrera Bello, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer, Rory McIlroy, Thomas Pieters, Justin Rose, Henrick Stenson, Andy Sullivan, Lee Westwood, Danny Willett, Chris Wood

The 42nd edition of the All-America Classic is scheduled for Nov. 11-13, 2016 at the El Paso Country Club with 15 All-Americans already committed to participating.

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Tickets for 2016 Hyundai Sun Bowl are Selling at a Steady Pace September 20, 2016

Tickets for 2016 Hyundai Sun Bowl are Selling at a Steady Pace

EL PASO, Texas – Tickets for the 83rd Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl are on sale through Ticketmaster and the Sun Bowl Association office. The 2016 Hyundai Sun Bowl is set for Friday, Dec. 30 in Sun Bowl Stadium with kick-off scheduled for noon. The game features select teams from the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) and the Pac-12.

Fans have already been renewing their ticket plans and making new ticket purchases with the many options available.

“It seems like with the date of the game moving to Friday, December 30 the fans are excited to get back to their traditions,” Executive Director of the Sun Bowl Association Bernie Olivas said. “With last year’s game the day after Christmas, it was hard for people to get here. But with the game on Friday, December 30 this year, we are seeing more fans buying early and anticipate more fans in attendance.”

Tickets for the game can be purchased online through the link available at www.sunbowl.org. Customers can call the Sun Bowl Association office (915-533-4416) and are also invited to stop by the Sun Bowl Association office that is located at 4150 Pinnacle Street, Suite 100 in El Paso to purchase tickets.

The Hyundai Sun Bowl also works with Ticketmaster and fans can buy tickets by going to their website at www.Ticketmaster.com, by calling the Ticketmaster toll free line at 800-745-3000 or by using the Ticketmaster apps, which are available for both Android and iPhone users. Tickets purchased through Ticketmaster will have additional handling and convenience fees attached to the price.

Ticket prices start at just $22 in the end zone as well as in the upper corners of the stadium. The other options are priced at $32, $47, $57 and $62. A map and layout of the Sun Bowl Stadium with ticket prices is available online at www.sunbowl.org. Tickets may be purchased and set up on an annually renewable account by calling the Sun Bowl Association office.

Fans may want to purchase of one of two ticket programs to help others attend the 83rd Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl: the “Salute a Soldier Program” and “Take a Child to the Game Program.”

With the “Salute a Soldier Program” fans and companies have the chance to give a Fort Bliss soldier a memory that will last a lifetime. As a sponsor you will give a soldier the opportunity to attend the game while your company will not only benefit out of goodwill, but will also be given recognition at the game.

If a fan or company would prefer to take part in the “Take a Child to the Game Program” that person or company gives a child the opportunity to attend the game, which would make for a great Christmas gift as the game falls only a five days after the holiday. Anyone who takes part in this program will not only benefit out of goodwill but will also be given recognition at the game. The goal is to send 3,000 children to the game and give them an experience that will last a lifetime. The Sun Bowl Association can provide a list of youth organizations that your company may choose from, if you do not already have a personal favorite you are connected to in the community.

Contact the Sun Bowl Association ticket or marketing office for details on the two programs.

In last year’s Hyundai Sun Bowl fans saw Washington State defeat Miami 20-14.

Outlets to choose from:

Sun Bowl Association
Website: www.sunbowl.org
Office Number: 915-533-4416

Ticketmaster
Website: www.ticketmaster.com
Toll Free Number: 800-745-3000

UTEP Ticket Office
Phone Number: 915-747-5234

Pan American Center Box Office
Phone Number: 575-646-1420

Listing of local and regional retailers to purchase tickets:

UTEP Ticket Center
In front of the Don Haskins Center
2901 N Mesa (12)
M-F 8-6, Sat 8-4

UTEP Miner Store
1455 N Zaragosa Ste A-500 (36)
747-8900
Tues – Sat 12-6

El Paso County Coliseum

Pan American Center Box Office on the campus of New Mexico State University (Las Cruces)

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Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic Dates in Place September 19, 2016

Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic Dates in Place

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association and Western Refining announced today the dates for the Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic Friday through Sunday, Nov. 11-13 at the El Paso Country Club.

Invitations to the 42nd edition of the All-America Classic include 2016 PING All-America first team, second team, third team and honorable mention selections. Some of golf’s brightest stars have traveled to El Paso to compete in the tournament since its inaugural year in 1974.

“This tournament has become a pillar here in El Paso and in the golf community,” said Tournament Chairman Gary Hanson. “The rich history of this tournament is a testament to the quality of our alumni that seem to win a PGA Tour event every week, and we are excited about the potential participants for this year’s tournament. It will be another exciting conclusion to the fall college schedule.”

Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III, Ricky Barnes, Notah Begay and Jerry Pate are just a handful of past participants who went on to have successful PGA careers. College All-America Golf Classic Alumni have combined to win 50 majors championships and have earned over $1.8 billion in career earnings.

To be eligible for competition student-athletes must have been named as an All-America team honoree during the previous year as well the US Amateur Champion or Runner Up who still have collegiate eligibility. The event is free and open to the public.

2016 Schedule
Friday (Nov. 11)
• 9 a.m. Titleist Long Drive
• 10 a.m. PING Putting Contest

Saturday (Nov. 12)
• 8 a.m. First & Second Rounds

Sunday (Nov. 13)
• 8 a.m. Final Round

Lee Trevino Trophy presentation to the winner immediately following final round.

Eligible Participants
• First Team
Beau Hossler (Texas)
Maverick McNealy (Stanford)
Sam Horsfield (Florida)
Matthias Schwab (Vanderbilt)
Robby Shelton (Alabama)
Aaron Wise (Oregon)

• Second Team
Doug Ghim (Texas)
Gavin Hall (Texas)
Rico Hoey (USC)
KK Limbhasut (California)
Nahum Mendoza III (San Diego State)

• Third Team
Derick Bard (Virginia)
Will Gordon (Vanderbilt)
Tyler McDaniel (Kentucky)
Max McGreevy (Oklahoma)
Collin Morikawa (California)
Greyson Sigg (Georgia)
Kristoffer Ventura (Oklahoma State)

• Honorable Mention
Sam Burns (LSU)
Chelso Barrett (TCU)
Jared duToit (Arizona State)
Luis Gagne (LSU)
Patrick Martin (Vanderbilt)
Dillion Myer (Illinois)
Gordon Neale (Florida)
Stratton Nolen (Oklahoma State)
John Oda (UNLV)
Jeremy Paul (Colorado)
Corey Pereira (Washington)
William Rainey (Charleston)
Davis Riley (Alabama)
Justin Suh (USC)
Lars van Meijel (Memphis)
Will Zalatoris (Wake Forest)
Michael Perras (Houston)
Charles Kim (Arkansas)
Franklin Huang (Stanford)
Ryan Cole James (James Madison)

• Division II
John Coultas (Florida Southern)

• US Amateur Runner-up
Brad Dalke (Oklahoma)

Editor’s Note: *another release will be sent out when the tournament field is finalized.

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The YMCA Hyundai Sun Bowl Challenge Returns for another Season; Make Your Picks for a Chance to Win Tickets August 30, 2016

The YMCA Hyundai Sun Bowl Challenge Returns for another Season; Make Your Picks for a Chance to Win Tickets

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association and the YMCA of El Paso is giving football fans around the country another chance to win a $1,500 Sun Bowl Game Package for the Hyundai Sun Bowl by participating in the YMCA of El Paso Hyundai Sun Bowl Challenge.

The contest starts this week as the 2016 college football season opens up. Each week contestants will attempt to predict the winners of 10 predetermined Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and Pac-12 games, the Hyundai Sun Bowl conference affiliates. The first set of games for contestants to predict are set for Friday, Sept. 2.

“The YMCA has always enjoyed being a part of the events that the Sun Bowl Association puts on,” said Bill Coon, CEO/President of the El Paso YMCA. “The community has been very generous to us and other organizations such as ours, so we are more than happy to partner with the Sun Bowl Association to do this.”

With each game valued at one point, a weekly winner will be determined by the individual who accumulates the most points. In addition, contestants will be asked to estimate the total points scored by both teams of a predetermined game. In case of a tiebreaker, the contestant with the most accurate prediction of total points scored will be the weekly winner.

“Fans from around the country have had a great time with this promotion the last few years,” said Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas. “We want to continue to make the college football experience a fun and exciting experience so we decided to team up with the YMCA of El Paso to do this again. We would like to thank everyone who participates and makes this such a great promotion.”

The 13 weekly winners will win two 2016 Hyundai Sun Bowl tickets along with one month free adult membership to the YMCA of El Paso. Weekly winners will automatically advance to “Championship Week,” in which they will once again predict the winners of each college football conference championship game. The contestant with the most correctly chosen conference title games will receive two Captain’s Club level tickets to the 2016 Hyundai Sun Bowl, two VIP Pre-game tent party tickets, one parking pass and one year family membership to the YMCA of El Paso.

Football fans must register for the Hyundai Sun Bowl Challenge by logging into http://sunbowl.org/contest/register. For complete rules and regulations please visit http://sunbowl.org/contest/terms.

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Sun Bowl Association Excited for 80th Installation of the FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade on Thanksgiving Day August 17, 2016

Sun Bowl Association Excited for 80th Installation of the FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade on Thanksgiving Day

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association and FirstLight Federal Credit Union are excited to announce the theme of the 80th annual FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade. This year attendants will have the chance to watch the parade themed “80 Years Around the World.”

Those interested in submitting an entry for a float should create their theme around a historical or monumental event from the past 80 years and will need to fill out and turn in a 2016 Float Packet to Sun Bowl Special Events Director Joe Daubach. The Float Packet can be found online at www.sunbowl.org and all forms can be emailed to Daubach at joe@sunbowl.org. The deadline to submit an application to enter a float is Sept. 8.

Any additional organizations interested in taking part in the parade can also download the applications from the Sun Bowl website. Categories that can participate in the parade are marching bands, JROTC units and specialty units. The deadline to submit an application for a marching band or specialty unit is Oct. 16.

“This year marks the 80th time this parade will flow down the streets of El Paso in what has become a city and family tradition,” said CEO/President of FirstLight Federal Credit Union Karl Murphy. “We invite everyone who can to join in the parade and hope that this evolves into the best parade to date.”

Held on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 24, the FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade is the city’s largest attended event and is celebrating 80 years of parades. The annual event includes more than 100 different units including floats, marching bands, dignitaries, the Sun Court, as well as a various other specialty units such as Mexican-Indian dancers and military units.

“This is a special event that everyone in El Paso has enjoyed each and every year for the past 80 years,” Sun Bowl Association Executive Director said. “So many people are involved in putting this together, which shows the community we have here, and it’s always a great sight when over 250,000 people line the sidewalks Montana Avenue.”

The parade route runs on Montana Avenue from Ochoa to Copia. Tickets to sit in the review stands, located on Montana Avenue adjacent to the First Baptist Church, can be purchased beginning October at FirstLight Federal Credit Union branches, Circle K locations and the Sun Bowl Association office.

The parade is televised locally on the NBC affiliate, KTSM Channel 9.

For more information or questions about unit entry call 915-533-4416.

Parade History: The El Paso Downtown Lions Club organized the Parade in 1935. The parade was held on New Year’s Day from 1936 until 1978 when the event was rescheduled for Thanksgiving Day. The holiday pageant is planned, coordinated and produced by volunteer efforts and draws an annual crowd of over 250,000 spectators. The Sun Bowl Parade is the largest community event in the west Texas, New Mexico and Mexico area and brings together service clubs and civic organizations as well as all sectors of business and industries within the community.

What: FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade
Theme: “80 Years Around the World”
When: Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016
Start Time: 10 a.m. (MT)
Where: Montana Ave. from Ochoa to Copia

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