The Vista Hills Country Club has been chosen to host the 2013 Sun Bowl Golf Challenge. Representatives and fans from Virginia Tech and UCLA will be pitted against each other in an 18-hole two-person-scramble match play format.
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.
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 Saturday, December 28th, 2013.
For more information please call Bill Greenawald at 915-443-5589.
Texas Ex Blake Brockermeyer has been named the 2013 Legend of the Sun Bowl announced Sun Bowl Association President Walker Crowson.
“We are so honored to be able to add Blake Brockermeyer as a Legend of the Sun Bowl,” said Crowson. “Blake was a standout offensive lineman for Texas who had both successful college and NFL careers. He is one of the best offensive lineman ever to play in the Sun Bowl.
“I still remember watching Blake play in the 1994 Sun Bowl against North Carolina where he helped pave the way for Priest Holmes, another Legend of the Sun Bowl, and lead the Longhorns to victory in one of the most exciting Sun Bowl games ever played. It is fitting that Blake is the first offensive lineman named a Legend of the Sun Bowl.”
Brockermeyer will be inducted at the 2013 Rotary Sun Bowl Team Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 30 at the Judson F. Williams Convention Center. Tickets can be purchased to the event by calling 915-504-9013. Individual tickets are $50, while corporate tables begin at $450.
“I’m very humbled and honored to be recognized by the Sun Bowl Association,” said Brockermeyer. “This honor is only possible because of the great coaches and teammates I had at the University of Texas. I accept this only as a reflection of our hard work and dedication as a team.”
The Rotary Club of El Paso uses net proceeds to support its annual Children’s Christmas Party (held annually since 1922), which treats some 4,500 Head Start children to a holiday fiesta at the El Paso County Coliseum. Other youth programs include Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and Youth Appreciation Day scholarships.
Blake Brockermeyer • 2013 Legend of the Sun Bowl
A 6-4, 300-pound, athletic and dominant left tackle for the Longhorns and in the NFL, Brockermeyer was a two-time All-Southwest Conference selection who earned first team All-America honors from both the Football Writers Association of America and The Sporting News as a junior in 1994. He was named a semifinalist for the Outland Trophy that year and elected to forgo his senior season to enter the NFL Draft.
While at Texas, he started all 34 games of his career, which ended on a 16-game streak without allowing a sack. In 1994, he helped the Longhorns to an 8-4 record, including a Sun Bowl win over North Carolina.
A starter at left tackle, Brockermeyer was instrumental in the Longhorns’ 35-31 win over North Carolina in the 61st edition of the Sun Bowl game. Leading 21-17 at the half and through a scoreless third quarter, Texas gave up back-to-back touchdowns relenting the lead to the Tar Heels. The Longhorns answered with their own pair of scoring drives as Brockermeyer and the offensive line made room for fellow Sun Bowl Legend Priest Holmes to score four rushing touchdowns and 24 points, tying both bowl records previously set by Thurman Thomas (Oklahoma State) in 1987.
Brockermeyer’s task at the line was not an easy one as he lined up against a pair of All-Americans and first-round draft picks, Marcus Jones and Greg Ellis, culminating a stellar collegiate career with his 16-consecutive game without allowing a sack. He was named the Jimmy Rogers, Jr., Most Valuable Lineman of the 1994 game.
Following that year, Brockermeyer declared himself eligible for the 1995 NFL Draft and was a first-round (29th overall) selection by the Carolina Panthers. He completed his degree in speech communications during his NFL rookie season.
Brockermeyer started at left tackle all four of his years with the Panthers from 1995-98 before signing as a free agent with the Chicago Bears where he started for three seasons from 1999-2001. He played two more seasons with the Denver Broncos before concluding his nine-year NFL career having played in 136 games with 103 starts.
A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Brockermeyer was a consensus first-team All-State selection and one of the nation’s top offensive line prospects out Arlington Heights High School.
In addition to being named a Legend of the Sun Bowl, Brockermeyer was previously named to the Sun Bowl’s 75th Anniversary All-Sun Bowl Team in 2008.
Brockermeyer is the 29th member of the elite fraternity of the Legends of the Sun Bowl that includes Cornelius Bennett, Tom Brookshier, Terry Donahue, Vince Dooley, Tony Dorsett, John H. Folmer, Tony Franklin, Hayden Fry, Ken Heineman, Priest Holmes, Don James, Major Harris, Charley Johnson, Harrison Kohl, Verne Lundquist, Johnny Majors, Jimmy Rogers, Jr., Gerald J. Rubin, Craig Silver, Bill Stevens, Pat Summerall, Barry Switzer, Grant Teaff, Derrick Thomas, Thurman Thomas, Pat Tillman, Alex Van Pelt and Jesse Whittenton.
The 80th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 31 at noon (MST). CBS Sports will broadcast the game for the 46th consecutive year. Ticket prices for the game are $17, $22, $32, $42, $52 and $62. Tickets can be purchased at the Sun Bowl Association office (915-533-4416, 800-915-BOWL or email), online at www.ticketmaster.com or at any TicketMaster outlet.
Two-time NFL Punt, Pass & Kick winners Jasper Sanchez and Emily Alvarado will compete at the halftime of the Dallas vs. Green Bay game on Sunday, Dec. 15, AT&T Stadium.
Sanchez, the quarterback of his seventh grade football team at Bill Sybert Middle School, finished first in the 12 and 13 age category with a combined score of 337 feet and 4 inches at this year’s PP&K held at Sun Bowl Stadium this October. His high score ranked him in the top four of the El Paso, Lubbock, and Amarillo region. His first trip to Dallas was in 2010 where he placed third overall.
“I am excited to go again, especially this time because the Packers are my favorite team,” said Sanchez.
Repeat winner, 15-year old Alvarado is on the Mexican National Soccer team, which has been invited to compete in the World Cup. Alvarado recorded a total score of 304 feet and 3 inches, a personal record for her at a PP&K event.
“I knew I had done better this year than before, I was hoping to reach 300 so I was really happy when I got over 304,” Alvarado said. “I had a good feeling but was still hoping it would be enough to get me to Dallas.”
This PP&K vet has been competing since the third grade, winning when she was in the fourth grade and placing second in Dallas overall.
Along with Sanchez and Alvarado, four other El Paso competitors will be representing the Sun City at this weekend’s Cowboys game. Daniel Lopez (7 yrs. old), Kayden Anderson (7 yrs. old), Julian Palma (9 yrs. old), and Adrian Sanchez (10 yrs. old).
A total of six El Paso competitors is the most sent to represent the West Texas Region.
Price’s Creameries and the Sun bowl will cover all travel expenses for the competitors and a parent for each.
Virginia Tech and UCLA have accepted invitations to meet on Tuesday, Dec. 31, for the 80th edition of the Hyundai Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, announced Sun Bowl Association Football Committee Chairman John Folmer.
“We could not be more excited to have UCLA and Virginia Tech in the Hyundai Sun Bowl,” said Walker Crowson, Sun Bowl Association President. “Both schools have rich football traditions, outstanding coaches and passionate fan bases. Coach Jim Mora has re-established UCLA as a power in the Pac-12 and Coach Frank Beamer always has Virginia Tech in a position to compete for championships in the ACC.
“We think this will be one of the most competitive and attractive games in our long and proud history, and one befitting the 80th Hyundai Sun Bowl. We look forward to hosting the Bruins and Hokies, along with their fans and alumni, and providing them with our renowned Sun Bowl hospitality.”
The 2013 Hyundai Sun Bowl will mark the first meeting between the two teams.
Virginia Tech, 8-4 and 5-3 (ACC), returns to the foundation of their 26-bowl game history. The Hokies’ first bowl appearance was in the 1947 Sun Bowl. Cincinnati defeated Virginia Tech 18-6 at Kidd Field. The Hokies will be making their first appearance at Sun Bowl Stadium.
“We are extremely excited to be coming to the Sun Bowl,” Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer said. “All my conversations with people who have been there have been extremely positive, and it is my understanding that the Sun Bowl people do an excellent job with their hospitality. It’s great for our kids and fans to be able to visit a different part of the country. The Sun Bowl was our first bowl in 1947, and it’s time to get back.”
The Hokies’ Hyundai Sun Bowl appearance is the 21st consecutive bowl appearance for Virginia Tech under Beamer. The Virginia Tech graduate is the winningest active coach in the FBS.
“We’re very excited to have the chance to go back to El Paso and the Sun Bowl,” said Jim Weaver, Virginia Tech Director of Athletics. “It was the first bowl game for Virginia Tech back in 1947 and we are looking forward to going back.”
UCLA , 9-3 and 6-3 (Pac-12), will be making its fourth appearance in the Hyundai Sun Bowl, the Bruins hold a 2-1 record in Sun Bowl games. The Bruins’ last trip to the Sun City resulted in the program’s largest comeback win over Northwestern, 50-38. Before that, Wisconsin edged the Bruins 21-20 in 2000 while UCLA claimed a 6-3 victory over Illinois in 1991.
“UCLA Football is honored to be a participant in the Hyundai Sun Bowl’s 80th Anniversary game,” said UCLA head football coach Jim Mora. “These are the kind of games that you get excited about.
“We get to play on New Year’s Eve in a historic bowl game in front of a national audience on CBS. We get to go for our 10th win of the season against a tremendous ACC opponent in Virginia Tech. This is the kind of opportunity that our players and coaching staff live for, and we can’t wait to play this game.”
The 2013 Hyundai Sun Bowl will be the 33rd bowl appearance for the UCLA program and the second under second-year head coach Mora.
“The Hyundai Sun Bowl is noted for its history, tremendous hospitality and how well it treats the game’s participants year-in and year-out,” said UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero. “Every time UCLA has traveled to El Paso the experience has been first class all the way, and we’re excited to be a part of one of the oldest traditions in college football history.”
The 80th Hyundai Sun Bowl is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 31 at noon (MST). CBS Sports will broadcast the game for the 46th consecutive year, which is the longest running partnership between a network and a bowl game. Ticket prices for the game are $17, $22, $32, $42, $52 and $62. Tickets can be purchased at the Sun Bowl Association office (915-533-4416, 800-915-BOWL or email), online at www.ticketmaster.com or at any TicketMaster outlet.
New Mexico’s Gavin Green claimed the newly-named Lee Treviño Trophy with a victory at the 39th annual Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic on Tuesday afternoon at the El Paso Country Club.
With a two-shot lead heading to the 17th hole, Green proceeded to hook his golf ball in the water, but managed to save bogey. Nipping at his heels was Alabama’s Cory Whitsett. The 2011 event champion was unable to capitalize on Green’s mishap making only par as both proceeded to the 18th tee with a one shot gap.
Both players missed the green on 18, Whitsett chipped his ball inside Green’s ball giving the junior from Selangor the chance to make par and claim UNM’s first ever All-America Classic victory.
The win guarantees Green’s automatic invitation to next year’s Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic which will be celebrating its 40th edition in 2014.