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STANFORD TO FACE NORTH CAROLINA IN THE 83RD ANNUAL HYUNDAI SUN BOWL December 4, 2016

STANFORD TO FACE NORTH CAROLINA IN THE 83RD ANNUAL HYUNDAI SUN BOWL

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association and Hyundai of El Paso have announced that Stanford University will take on the University of North Carolina in the 83rd Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl, Friday, Dec. 30 at noon in Sun Bowl Stadium.

Stanford enters the game 9-3 on the year, while winning its last five games. The Tar Heels head to El Paso with an 8-4 record. The Cardinal is 2-1 all time in the Hyundai Sun Bowl, while UNC will make its fifth appearance in the Hyundai Sun Bowl carrying a 2-2 record in the second oldest bowl game.

“It’s hard to ask for a better match up,” Executive Director of the Sun Bowl Association Bernie Olivas said. “Both teams have great records and exceptional players. We are truly excited to bring these teams to El Paso and show them a great time. We are also excited for our fans as they will get to watch an extraordinary match-up with plenty of future pro players.”

North Carolina’s offense has seen success with first-year starting quarterback, junior Mitch Trubisky. Trubisky has thrown for over 3,000 yards and 28 touchdowns with just four interceptions this season. He finished the regular season second in the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) in passing, behind Clemson’s Deshaun Watson.

“We’re excited to represent the University of North Carolina and the Atlantic Coast Conference in the Sun Bowl, a game with so much history going back more than 80 years,” mentioned head coach Larry Fedora. “Our team is looking forward to a terrific experience in El Paso with the opportunity to finish the season with positive momentum. Stanford consistently competes for the Pac-12 championship and this will be a tremendous challenge for our team.”

Stanford heads to El Paso making a school-record eighth consecutive postseason football bowl game. This will also mark the 28th bowl appearance for the Cardinal in school history and last played in the Hyundai Sun Bowl in 2009. Joining the Cardinal will be running back Christian McCaffrey, who finished second in the Heisman voting after the 2015 season.

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 and the Pac-12.

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.

Appearances in Sun Bowl
North Carolina (2-2)
Win vs. Texas Tech, 32-28 (Dec. 30, 1972)
Loss vs. Mississippi State, 26-24 (Dec. 28, 1974)
Win vs. Texas, 26-10 (Dec. 25, 1982)
Loss vs. Texas, 35-31 (Dec. 30, 1994)

Stanford (2-1)
Win vs. Louisiana State, 24-14 (Dec. 31, 1977)
Win vs. Michigan State, 38-0 (Dec. 31, 1996)
Loss vs. Oklahoma, 31-27 (Dec. 31, 2009)

About the universities
North Carolina
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
Enrollment: 18,415 (undergraduate)
Founded: 1789
Nickname: Tar Heels
School Colors: Carolina Blue & White
Stadium (capacity): Kenan Stadium (63,000)
Surface: Natural Grass
Conference: Atlantic Coast
Chancellor: Carol L. Folt
Athletic Director: Bubba Cunningham

Stanford
Location: Stanford, Calif.
Founded: 1891
Nickname: Cardinal
Colors: Cardinal and White
Enrollment: 6,944 (undergraduate) • 9,128 (graduate)
Stadium: (50,424 • natural grass)
Conference: Pacific-12
President: Marc Tessier-Lavigne
Provost: John Etchemendy
Jaquish & Kenninger Director of Athletics: Bernard Muir
Faculty Representative: Pat Jones

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“THE VOICE” CONTESTANTS TO PERFORM DURING HALFTIME OF 83RD ANNUAL HYUNDAI SUN BOWL November 30, 2016

“THE VOICE” CONTESTANTS TO PERFORM DURING HALFTIME OF 83RD ANNUAL HYUNDAI SUN BOWL

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association and Hyundai of El Paso have announced that two former participants from “The Voice" are scheduled to do the halftime performance at the 2016 Hyundai Sun Bowl on Friday, Dec. 30 in El Paso, Texas.

Elia Esparza of El Paso and Khaliya Kimberlie, who resides in Mescalero, N.M. will perform at halftime of the match-up between a team from the ACC and the Pac-12.

“It’s great to bring in not only one, but two performs who have had national exposure,” said Executive Director of the Hyundai Sun Bowl Bernie Olivas. “Both are from the region and we anticipate that many fans will come out to support them.”

The Hyundai Sun Bowl is featuring a halftime performer for the first time since 2014 when Lone Star performed in front of more than 47,000 fans. The Andress High School Band, out of El Paso, teaming-up with the UCLA and Virginia Tech bands, putting on a show in 2013, as Three Dog Night performed at the 2013 Fan Fiesta. Lee Bryce worked the crowd of about 48,000 fans in 2012 and the Sun Bowl Association is expecting for at least that many fans to support Esparza and Kimberlie this year.

Esparza, 24, is a Mexican-American pop-soul singer who was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. She moved to New York City at the age of 17 to attend the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, a prestigious performing arts school that accepts only 150 people per year.

“I feel honored to be singing for the 2016 Sun Bowl and it’s been a dream of mine to sing for my city, especially at such an important event,” said Esparza. “I’m grateful and extremely excited to be a part of this, and I can’t wait to perform.”

After she trained in New York, she released her debut EP, in which she wrote and co-produced. Esparza premiered on season 11 of NBC’s “The Voice” as part of Team Adam. She will be premiering her new single through Beacon Hills Recording Studios at the Hyundai Sun Bowl.

Kimberlie, 17, is half Apache, and an enrolled member of the Mescalero tribe in New Mexico. She started singing in fifth grade, when she performed a Hannah Montana song for a school talent show. Kimberlie auditioned for all state choir in sixth grade, and was one of four performers chosen in their district.

Kimberlie auditioned for the TV show, XFactor, in 2013 and got cut right before televised rounds. She competed in Alamogordo Idol shortly after, and came in second place. Kimberlie has also sang for Cope (raising awareness and funds for domestic violence victims and their children), Relay for Life events and military appreciation events. She competed in the 2015 New Mexico State Fair Karaoke Competition and took first place.

“Performing at the Sun Bowl for the halftime show means a lot to me, because this is going to be the biggest audience I have ever performed in front of,” said Kimberlie. “I am honored to perform with Elia as we got to know each other during our time on ‘The Voice.’ She is so talented and kind. I am so happy that I was chosen to do this. I can’t wait to come to El Paso and sing for you all."

Kimberlie auditioned for NBC’s “The Voice” five times, each time advancing further. Kimberlie had a blind audition on season 11 of The Voice, which aired on NBC, and she became a part of Miley Cyrus’s team. After Kimberlie was eliminated during the The Voice’s battle rounds, she received media exposure from newspapers and magazines, such as Rolling Stone and Cosmo. She is now recording music and performing at different events. Khaliya will be performing with ‘Press Play’, a collaboration of young artists, in Phoenix on Dec. 3.

The 2016 Hyundai Sun Bowl game will be played Friday, Dec. 30, at 12 p.m. MT (2 p.m. ET) at Sun Bowl Stadium.

The 2016 game will mark the 83rd anniversary of the Sun Bowl game and the 49th consecutive broadcast on CBS. The game features selections from the ACC and Pac-12 conferences. Tickets are available by calling the Sun Bowl Association office at 915-533-4416.

Find out more about the performers through their social media outlets (below).

Website: www.EliaEsparza.com
Facebook: Elia Esparza Music
YouTube: youtube.com/eliaesparzamusic
Instagram: @EliaEsparzaMusic

Facebook: Khaliya Kimberlie
Twitter/Instagram: @therealkhaliyak

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SIGN UP FOR THE 2016 HYUNDAI SUN BOWL FAN GOLF CHALLENGE November 30, 2016

SIGN UP FOR THE 2016 HYUNDAI SUN BOWL FAN GOLF CHALLENGE

EL PASO, Texas – Looking for some fun in the sun while visiting El Paso for the 83 Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl? You’re invited to play with other college football fans and El Paso natives in the 2016 Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Golf Challenge on Wednesday, Dec. 28 at Vista Hills Country Club.

Vista Hills Country Club has once again been chosen to host the Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Golf Challenge. Representatives (Fans) from the selected ACC University (TBD) and PAC-12 University will be pitted against each other in an 18 Hole Two-Person-Scramble Match Play Format.

“It’s always great to see the fans and the locals having a great time out on the course,” said Executive Director of the Hyundai Sun Bowl Bernie Olivas. “The volunteers and organizers of this event do a great job and the turnout last year was tremendous.”

The winning university will be determined by the number of matches a university wins. Two-person teams will be formed from each university, and they will go head-to-head against a two-person team from the other university.

You can sign-up as a two-person team or you can sign-up as an individual, and we will place you on a team. You also have the option of playing with an El Pasoan who knows the golf course.

Golfers and Fans attending the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational Basketball Tournament are also welcome to play.

Teams must be entered and paid in full not later than noon on Monday, Dec.26, 2016.

CHECK-IN – 9:00 to 10:30 AM
BURRITO BAR – 9:00 to 10:30 AM
WARM-UP / FREE RN BALLS – 9:00 to 10:30 AM
WELCOME / RULES BRIEF – 10:45 AM
SHOTGUN START – 11:00 AM
AWARDS DINNER & HAPPY HOURAPPROXIMATELY 3:30 PM
AWARDSAPPROXIMATELY 4:00 PM

Previous Results: 2013 (VT 9 – UCLA 9); 2014 (ASU 10 – Duke 8); 2015 (WSU 12.5 – Miami 8.5)

Entry Fee: Seventy dollars ($70) per person includes Green Fee, Cart, Range Balls, Prizes, Goodie Bag, Burrito Bar and Awards Dinner. VHCC Golf Members ($50). Golf Club Set Rental is an additional $10 (Be sure to indicate a need at Sign Up).

You can sponsor a Wounded Warrior or Soldier for $100.

Questions: Terry Jennings or Danny Lopez at 915-592-6565. Course Information: 915-592-6565 or www.vistahillscc.com. Special Hyundai Sun Bowl Golf Rates with cart Dec. 18-30 ($20 plus tax). Show your Hyundai Sun Bowl Ticket at the Pro Shop during Check-In. Schedule your Tee Times (915-592-6565).

2016 Fan Golf Challenge _ Registration Form

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LSU’s Sam Burns turns it on During the Final Round to win the 2016 Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic November 13, 2016

LSU’s Sam Burns turns it on During the Final Round to win the 2016 Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic

EL PASO, Texas – Louisiana State University sophomore Sam Burns won the 2016 Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic posting a 12-under-par, 201 (67-68-66) on the 6,889-yard, par 71 El Paso Country Club course, Sunday, Nov. 13.

Burns played well from the start of the round marking a birdie on the par 4, 420-yard hole No. 1. He finished the day carding five birdies, two bogeys and an eagle. The eagle shot came on the par 5, 547-yard hole No. 13. He started the day in second place, although his consistent play from hole 1 through hole 14 boosted him into first and helped him receive the coveted Lee Trevino Trophy.

“I’d love to come back for 20 more years to play,” Burns said. “I am really honored to play in this tournament. From the first day I got here I felt extremely welcomed.”

Burns was one of the elite players in college golf as a freshman as he finished the 2015-16 campaign ranked No. 35-nationally in Golfstat’s final individual player rankings. He was also the No. 55-ranked player in college golf in the final individual player rankings released by Golfweek following the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships.

USC sophomore Justin Suh began the day in third place but jumped into a second place finish after posting a 67 in round three. He marked six birdies and two bogeys to make a push for the title but just could not make up the ground he needed as he bogeyed hole No. 13, the hole Burns fired an eagle on.

Oklahoma State junior Kristoffer Ventura, who was in the lead heading into the final round, dropped two spots to place third after posting an even par with two birdies and two bogeys.

Kentucky’s Tyler McDaniel had the best round of the day and the best round of the weekend with a 7-under-par, 64, although he struggled on day one and wrapped up the tournament in a tie for 16th. UNLV’s John Oda, who finished in fourth this year with a 7-under-par, was the last player to post a 64 in the All-America Golf Classic when he did it last year. Jerry Pate, formerly of Alabama, was the first player to card a 64 when he accomplished it during the inaugural tournament.

Day One Results
1. Sam Burns (LSU): 67-68-66—201 (-12)
2. Justin Suh (USC): 69-68-67—204 (-9)
3. Kristoffer Ventura (OSU): 67-67-71—205 (-8)
4. John Oda (UNLV): 71-67-68—206 (-7)
5. Rico Hoey (USC): 73-66-69—208 (-5)
6. Davis Riley (Alabama): 68-72-69—209 (-4)
T7. Nahum Mendoza III (SDSU): 71-69-71—211 (-2)
T7. William Rainey (Charleston): 70-70-71—211 (-2)
T7. Charles Kim (Arkansas): 72-67-72—211 (-2)
T7. Luis Gagne (LSU): 72-70-69—211 (-2)
11. Will Gordon (Vanderbilt): 73-68-71—212 (-1)
T12. Patrick Martin (Vanderbilt): 74-68-71—213 (E)
T12. Ryan Cole (JMU): 69-72-72—213 (E)
13. Jared duToit (ASU): 72-68-74—214 (1)
14. Max McGreevy (Oklahoma): 72-68-76—216 (
3)
T16. Michael Perras (Houston): 74-72-71—217 (4)
T16. Tyler McDaniel (Kentucky): 73-80-64—217 (
4)
18. Stratton Nolen (OSU): 73-72-73—218 (5)
19. John Coultas (Florida Southern): 74-70-76—220 (
7)

The Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic is one of the premier college golf tournaments in the country. Some of golf’s brightest stars have traveled to El Paso to compete in the tournament since its inaugural year in 1976.

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.

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Weekend Started at the Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic with the Long Drive, Putting and Blind Flop Contests November 11, 2016

Weekend Started at the Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic with the Long Drive, Putting and Blind Flop Contests

EL PASO, Texas – Under amazing playing conditions, the 2016 Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic kicked off, Friday, Nov. 11 with the annual long drive, putting and flop contests at the El Paso Country Club.

USC sophomore Justin Suh won the Titleist Long Drive Contest by blasting the ball 338 yards down the fairway, beating Oklahoma State junior Kristoffer Ventura by only three yards. Vanderbilt sophomore Will Gordon placed third with a distance of 334 yards and held the lead for most of the competition.

“I think I am one of the shortest guys out here so it’s really cool to out-drive the rest of them,” Suh said.

The PING Putting Contest came down to a playoff by the two players from Louisiana State University; sophomores Sam Burns and Luis Gagne. The two Tigers tallied just 26 stokes around the course, which featured obstacles that represented the El Paso culture, but it was Gagne who would come out on top.

The Blue Media Blind Flop Contest seemed to be the most challenging of the three contests, although OSU’s Kristoffer Ventura won the event after getting his ball over the wall and within only 7-inches of the cup. Florida Southern junior John Coultas tied for second with Alabama sophomore Riley Davis as each contestant marked a distance of 1-foot-3-inches.

“I’ve never been here to El Paso before and these last two days have been amazing. I look forward to the next couple of days,” Ventura said. “I enjoyed it. It was fun and it’s a hard shot. I was able to pull it off but it’s just fun to be a part of everything.”

The Sun Bowl Association and Western Refining continue to host the event with two rounds of golf set for Saturday, Nov. 12 starting at 8 a.m. (MT) at the El Paso Country Club. The final round of golf is scheduled for Sunday at 8 a.m. Live scoring will be available online at GolfStat.com.

The Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic is one of the premier college golf tournaments in the country. Some of golf’s brightest stars have traveled to El Paso to compete in the tournament since its inaugural year in 1976.

“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 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 U.S. Amateur Champion or Runner Up who still have collegiate eligibility. The event is free and open to the public.

2016 Schedule
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.

Titleist Long Drive Contest
1. – Justin Suh – USC – 338 yds.
2. – Kristoffer Ventura – Oklahoma State – 335 yds.
3. – Will Gordon – Vanderbilt – 334 yds.
4. – Sam Burns – LSU – 327 yds.
5. – Patrick Martin – Vanderbilt – 326 yds.
6. – Davis Riley – Alabama – 322 yds.
7. – Ryan Cole – James Madison – 314 yds.
8. – Nahum Mendoza III – San Diego State – 311 yds.
T9. – Rico Hoey – USC – 304 yds.
T9. – Tyler McDaniel – Kentucky – 304 yds.
10. – Michael Perras – Houston – 303 yds.
11. – Jared du Toit – ASU – 302 yds.
12. – William Rainey – Charleston – 300 yds.
13. – Max McGreevy – Oklahoma – 295 yds.
14. – John Oda – UNLV – 294 yds.
15. – Stratton Nolen – Oklahoma State – 293 yds.
T16. – Luis Gagne – LSU – 286 yds.
T16. – Charles Kim – Arkansas – 286 yds.
17. – John Coultas – Florida Southern – No score

Blind Flop Contest
1. – Kristoffer Ventura – Oklahoma State – 7”
T2. – John Coultas – Florida Southern – 1’ 3”
T2. – Davis Riley – Alabama – 1’ 3”
3. – Max McGreevy – Oklahoma – 2’ 2”
4. – Charles Kim – Arkansas – 4’ 1”
5. – John Oda – UNLV – 5’ 8”
6. – Sam Burns – LSU – 7’ 3”
7. – Tyler McDaniel – Kentucky – 7’ 11”
8. – Luis Gagne – LSU – 9’ 5”
9. – Rico Hoey – USC – 12’ 3”
10. – Justin Suh – USC – 12’ 5”
11. – Nahum Mendoza III – San Diego State – 29’ 10”
12. – Ryan Cole – James Madison – No score
13. – Jared du Toit – ASU – No score
14. – Will Gordon – Vanderbilt – No score
15. – Patrick Martin – Vanderbilt – No score
16. – Stratton Nolen – Oklahoma State – No score
17. – Michael Perras – Houston – No score
18. – William Rainey – Charleston – No score

PING Putting Contest
1. – Luis Gagne – LSU – 26 strokes
2. – Sam Burns – LSU – 26 strokes
T3. – Rico Hoey – USC – 27 strokes
T3. – John Oda – UNLV – 27 strokes
T3. – Davis Riley – Alabama – 27 strokes
T4. – Patrick Martin – Vanderbilt – 28 strokes
T4. – Justin Suh – USC – 28 strokes
5. – Max McGreevy – Oklahoma – 29 strokes
T6. – Jared du Toit – ASU – 30 strokes
T6. – Tyler McDaniel – Kentucky – 30 strokes
T6. – Stratton Nolen – Oklahoma State – 30 strokes
7. – Charles Kim – Arkansas – 31 strokes
8. – William Rainey – Charleston – 32 strokes
9. – Michael Perras – Houston – 35 strokes
10. – Will Gordon – Vanderbilt – 37 strokes
11. – Kristoffer Ventura – Oklahoma State – 37 strokes
12. – Ryan Cole – James Madison – 38 strokes
13. – John Coultas – Florida Southern – 38 strokes
14. – Nahum Mendoza III – San Diego State – 47 strokes

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