EL PASO, Texas – With temperatures in the mid-70s on Thanksgiving Day, the people of El Paso and the surrounding area ventured out to Montana Ave. in droves and an estimated 290,000 people lined the sidewalks, sat on balconies and came together in the review stands.
Members of the community could be seen making breakfast as early as 5 a.m. as they patiently waited for the parade to start. There were approximately 85 units in the parade including floats, bands, monster trucks and the famous Budweiser Clydesdales.
“Things seemed to go well again this year and one of the best parts of the parade was the weather,” said Executive Director of the Sun Bowl Association Bernie Olivas. “When the weather is this nice it is expected that more people will show up.”
Those following the parade and wanting to see the memories that were made can visit the Hyundai Sun Bowl’s Social Media platforms. A photo album was created on Facebook for El Pasoans to download photos of themselves.
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EL PASO, Texas – Doug Ghim, from Arlington Heights, Ill. won the 2017 Sun Bowl Andeavor All-America Golf Classic by tying a tournament record with an 18-under-par 195 on the par 71, 6,889-yard El Paso Country Club course.
Ghim started the final day strong by knocking in birdies on three of the first four holes. He finished the day with seven birdies, two bogeys and an eagle on No. 9. He bogeyed hole No. 13 after hitting into the water hazard but bounced back with birdies on 14, 15 and 17 to edge Hurly Long (-16) of Mannheim, Germany.
“Obviously 13 was a setback.” said Ghim, “But I stayed patient and got a good break on the next hole.”
Ghim, who finished second at the 2017 US Amateur, finished the 2016-17 campaign as Golfstat’s sixth ranked collegiate golfer.
“Playing well is fun but the camaraderie of the guys is unlike any week of the year during the college season,” said Ghim. “We get to hang out with players from other schools and having fun off the golf course is the best part.”
Long entered the day tied for first with Ghim and the two battled all day before Ghim was able to retake the lead after hitting a par shot on hole No. 16, while Long bogeyed.
“It was a great battle and Doug played amazing, so he deserved it for sure,” said Long.
Will Gordon of Davidson, N.C. and Ben Griffin of Chapel Hill, N.C. tied for third at 13-under-par 200. Griffin and Ghim matched each other for lowest round of the tournament with Griffin shooting 64 in round two and Ghim shooting 64s in both the second and third rounds.
Click here for printable results>> 2017 Andeavor Sun Bowl All-America Golf Classic Final Results
1. Doug Ghim: 67-64-64—195 (-18)
2. Hurly Long: 65-66-66—197 (-16)
T3. Will Gordon: 66-66-68—200 (-13)
T3. Ben Griffin: 68-64-68—200 (-13)
5. Dawson Armstrong: 66-69-68—203 (-10)
6. Davis Shore: 67-71-66—204 (-9)
T7. Mason Overstreet: 70-69-66—205 (-8)
T7. Brad Dalke: 65-70-70—205 (-8)
T7. Grant Hirschman: 67-66-72—205 (-8)
10. John Augenstein: 72-68-67—207 (-6)
11. Shintaro Ban: 70-66-72—208 (-5)
12. Cole Miller: 70-70-69—209 (-4)
T13. Doc Redman: 70-70-70—210 (-3)
T13. Ian Holt: 70-71-69—210 (-3)
T15. Kyle Mueller: 69-70-72—211 (-2)
T15. Kristoffer Ventura: 67-76-68—211 (-2)
T17. Kristoffer Reitan: 70-74-68—212 (-1)
T17. Lee Hodges: 73-70-69—212 (-1)
T17. Fredrik Nilehn: 77-65-70—212 (-1)
T20. Kyler Tate: 71-73-69—213 (E)
T20. Dylan Wu: 72-69-72—213 (E)
T20. Blaine Hale: 71-70-72—213 (E)
T23. Chip McDaniel: 74-71-69—214 (1)
T25. Ryan Gronlund: 72-68-75—215 (2)
T25. Luis Gagne: 75-66-74—215 (3)
T29. Bryson Nimmer: 71-75-71—217 (4)
EL PASO, Texas – Hurly Long of Mannheim, Germany and Doug Ghim of Arlington Heights, Ill. are tied for first place after two rounds at the 2017 Sun Bowl Andeavor All-America Golf Classic. Both players posted an 11-under-par 131 on the par 71, 6,889 yard El Paso Country Club course.
Long started hot with four birdies in his first six holes to help him to a first-place tie after round one. He finished the day with 14 birdies, most by any player on the day.
“I told myself it was important to stay patient out here because you’re going to have a lot of chances,” said Long. “I’ve been putting well so I knew if I kept giving myself looks I’d be fine and that’s kind of the way it went.”
Ghim sank five birdies in the first round and added eight more in the second round to pull even with Long.
“It definitely helps to know the course,” said Ghim, who also made the trip to the Sun City in 2015. “This tournament is so much fun, the camaraderie with the guys who aren’t on your school’s team is just a lot of fun.”
Long and Ghim are one stroke ahead of Ben Griffin, of Chapel Hill, N.C. and Will Gordon, a native of Davidson, N.C., who both shot 10-under-par. Long and Ghim are holding on to a two-stroke lead ahead of Grant Hirschman, of Collierville, Tenn., who shot 9-under for the day.
Gordon, Long and Hirschman were in the same pairing, which was by far the best pairing of the day.
“Sometimes if everybody plays well in a group, that can really help you,” said Long. “I think that was the case today.”The final round of the Sun Bowl Andeavor All-America Golf Classic is, Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 8 a.m. (MT) at the El Paso Country Club. Tee times will start at 8 a.m. with the final groups beginning at 8:40 a.m. (MT).
Day One Results
Click here for printable results>> 2017 Day One Leaderboard _ Sun Bowl Andeavor All-America Golf Classic
T1. Doug Ghim: 67-64—131 (-11)
T1. Hurly Long: 65-66—131 (-11)
T3. Will Gordon: 66-66—132 (-10)
T3. Ben Griffin: 68-64—132 (-10)
5. Grant Hirschman: 67-66—133 (-9)
T6. Brad Dalke: 65-70—135 (-7)
T6. Dawson Armstrong: 66-69—135 (-7)
8. Shintaro Ban: 70-66—136 (-6)
9. Davis Shore: 67-71—138 (-4)
T10. Kyle Mueller: 69-70—139 (-3)
T10. Mason Overstreet: 70-69—139 (-3)
T12. Cole Miller: 70-70—140 (-2)
T12. John Augenstein: 72-68—140 (-2)
T12. Ryan Gronlund: 72-68—140 (-2)
T12. Doc Redman: 70-70—140 (-2)
T16. Blaine Hale: 71-70—141 (-1)
T16. Dylan Wu: 72-69—141 (-1)
T16. Ian Holt: 70-71—141 (-1)
T16. Franklin Huang: 73-68—141 (-1)
T16. Luis Gagne: 75-66—141 (-1)
21. Fredrik Nilehn: 77-65—142 (E)
T22. Alex Smalley: 69-74—143 (1)
T22. Kristoffer Ventura: 67-76—143 (1)
T26. Kyler Tate: 71-73—144 (2)
28. Chip McDaniel: 74-71—145 (4)
T29. Patrick Martin: 73-73—146 (+4)
EL PASO, Texas – On the day before Thanksgiving, volunteers from around El Paso get ready to show-off the parade floats they have dedicated hundreds to thousands of hours of their time making.
The FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade draws more than 250,000 people from the region each year. They line Montana Avenue before sunrise for the best view of this Thanksgiving Day tradition. What they may not realize is that while they eagerly wait for the parade to begin, hundreds more people behind the scenes work to make it possible.
Sun Bowl Association Special Events Director Joe Daubach has been organizing the parade for the last 15 years and it’s a job that he cannot do alone. The Sun Bowl Association has seven full-time staff members, each a role in putting it together. Although, it takes many more people to put on such a grand event.
“I direct other folks, but when you really look at it, it’s the volunteers that truly make it happen,” Daubach said. “We have over 800 volunteers that put the parade together.”
From float builders to street cleaners, volunteers are the heart and soul of what keep the parade going. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, alone, coordinates 600 volunteers. They wait at each block on Montana Avenue from Ochoa to Copia streets and clean them as soon as the parade passes through. Another 100 volunteers help keep the procession in order ensuring it runs smoothly.
Maruyi Hughes, of El Paso, has been a volunteer for the Sun Bowl Association for seven years now, building floats for her organization. Hughes runs the Edison Hope Leadership Christian Academy, a non-profit homeschool, and encourages her students and their families to participate in the parade. Growing up in El Paso, she remembers how special it was for her to see the parade as a child.
“When I was little, going to see the parade was like going to Disneyland. I remember when Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse used to be the Grand Marshals of the parade. We didn’t have much, but we had the parade to look forward too,” Hughes recalls. “I remember what it was like for me, so I do this now to give back to the community.”
Daubach is thankful for Hughes and her non-profit organization, and the assistance they provide for the parade. Involvement by non-profit groups are important to the Sun Bowl Association, since it is also a non-profit.
“I think that’s a really key part with some of these float builders, that they use it as part of a community service project,” Daubach said. “To be able to show the community what they do aside from their organization, it’s pretty neat that they get to experience that.”
Volunteering for the parade has become a tradition of its own for many. Many of the people involved with organizing the parade have watched the parade since they were children. Those people became volunteers because their parents and grandparents were volunteers. It’s a family tradition that continues to be passed from generation to generation.
Daubach was hired in 2002 and had never organized a parade, but he’s received valuable help from well-respected and treasured Parade Chairman, Jim Lawrence. Lawrence, who was born in Deming, N.M. and moved to El Paso at the age of three, has served as a mentor to Daubach these last 15 years, providing guidance throughout the organizing process.
“Having someone like Jim mentor me and explaining the do’s and don’ts, what to focus on, what not to focus on has been invaluable because he’s lived through so many parades,” Daubach mentioned. “He really knows how to do things that help not only me, but everybody.”
Lawrence has been involved as a volunteer with the parade for 48 years, and has seen the parade in different stages of its life. From a young boy standing on the sidewalks, watching the parade in awe, to designing and building floats, the parade remains special to him.
“It’s in my blood. Being involved with the parade all this time, I’ve seen many floats, many specialty units, and it’s special every year,” Lawrence recalls. “It’s a parade centered around the community, and I think it makes families and children really happy to come out each year and see what we’ve put together for them.”
Sun Bowl Executive Director Bernie Olivas has worked with Lawrence for many years. He’s grateful for the dedication Lawrence continues to provide for the Sun Bowl Association year-after-year. Before Lawrence was appointed Parade Chairman, he was set to retire as a volunteer, until Olivas convinced him otherwise. Lawrence is an irreplaceable asset to the organization.
“Jim is an invaluable person to the Sun Bowl Association,” Olivas mentioned. “He’s just a tremendous individual and if he had left us before Joe took over, I honestly don’t think we’d have a parade. That’s how valuable he continues to be for this organization.”
Volunteers make a tremendous impact not only on the parade, but on the organization as a whole. Though the parade is the largest event put on by the Sun Bowl Association, volunteers are crucial in assuring that each event put on by the association is successful. Without volunteers the organization would not exist.
“There’s no way seven people can put on the events, not just the parade, but all the events we have. We depend on every volunteer that help us throughout the year,” Olivas says. “We couldn’t exist without their help. These volunteers who ask nothing in return just want to contribute to the community, and of course the Sun Bowl Association is all about putting on community events. Without them, we wouldn’t have a job.”
The 81st Annual FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade kicks off on Thursday, Nov. 23 at 9:45 a.m. (MT) on Montana Avenue between Ochoa and Copia streets and will also be televised locally on KTSM Channel 9. The theme for this year’s parade is American Folklore. A fitting theme for the volunteers, because what’s more American than giving back to the community?
If you would like to sign up to become a volunteer for the Sun Bowl Association, visit www.sunbowl.org and click on the volunteer link.
EL PASO, Texas – Thanksgiving is just days away and that also means the 81st Annual FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade is also just days away.
FirstLight Federal Credit Union and the Sun Bowl Association are excited to have the community of El Paso come together once again on Montana Ave. as the parade will start on Ochoa Street and end at the intersection of Copia and Montana. Start time for the parade this year is at 9:45 a.m. (MT). This year 12 World War II Veterans leading the way as Grand Marshals.
“With this year’s theme being ‘American Folklore’ we thought it’d be great to have real heroes lead our parade,” said Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas. “We have a great working relationship with Fort Bliss and appreciate the team there helping us get connected with these veterans.”
The community of El Paso can expect to see approximately 20 large floats, multiple high school bands, as well as the UTEP marching band and other various entries including the famous Budweiser Clydesdale Horses.
“It’s always great to see the excitement on everyone’s faces, especially the kids,” said Sun Bowl Association Special Events Director and parade organizer Joe Daubach. “This is a great tradition in El Paso that is put on by the people of El Paso and we hope to continue this for many years.”
Review Stands: Tickets will be available at the Sun Bowl Association Office, all Circle K Stores and FirstLight Federal Credit Union branches for $10.00. New Location for Review Stands – 1600 Montana Ave. (Emergence Health Network).
Step off Time: 9:45 a.m. (MST)
Parade Route: Montana Avenue; beginning at Ochoa and ending at Copia (2.7 miles)
Anticipated Units: 100 units including floats, equestrian units, clowns, marching bands, drum and bugle corps units, dignitaries, Grand Marshals, and a wide variety of specialty units from Mexican / Indian dancers to military ceremonial units.
Television: Live coverage of the parade on local television affiliate KTSM Channel 9 (NBC). –
Television coverage starts at 10 a.m. (MT).
Anticipated Crowd: 250,000 spectators line Montana Ave. each Thanksgiving morning to watch the largest community event in the Southwest.
For more information on the parade visit the Sun Bowl Association website at www.sunbowl.org/parade.
Eladio Saucedo, United States Navy
• Served one tour on board the USS Bennington CV20
• Recipient of the WWII Campaign Medal
and Good Conduct Medal
• Has two sons and three grandchildren
who also served in the Armed Forces
Alfredo Gomez, United States Navy
• Served one tour on board the USS Panamint
• Witnessed the signing of the Surrender of Japan
Daniel Montoya, United States Marine Corps
• Attended Bowie High School
• Served with 1st Battalion, 17th Marines
• Served at Guadalcanal and Okinawa
Ramon Muñoz, United States Army
• Served one tour during WWII
• Recipient of the American Theater Campaign Medal, the Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal with Five Bronze Stars and a WWII Victory medal. His unit also received the Distinguished Unit Badge
Luigi Pellicano, United States Army
• One tour as a Rifleman
• Recipient of the Purple Heart, ETO Ribbons for 4 battle Campaigns, a Bronze Star, and a WWII victory medal.
• Daughter Dolores Pellicano was the 1972 Sun Queen
Ramon “Ray” Marquez, United States Marine Corps
• Served one tour in WWII, one tour in the Korean War and one tour in Vietnam.
•Recipient of a Meritorious Mast and a Letter of Appreciation
Salvador “Tato” Diaz, United States Marine Corps
• Served one tour during WWII
• Recipient of the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat Valor and the Combat Action Ribbon. His unit received a Presidential Unit Citation
Jose Andow, United States Army
• One of four brothers who served in WWII
(Paul Andow-Navy, Enrique Andow-Army, Angel Andow-Marines)
• Participant in the European Theater of WWII
Fidel F. Canchola, United States Army
• Served one tour during WWII
• Recipient of the Combat Infantry Badge, WWII Victory Medal, Five Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart
Alice Scherotter, Unisted States Navy-WAVES
• Served one tour during WWII
• Earned a degree in Occupational Therapy through the GI Bill
David Chavez, United States Navy
• Served one tour during WWII
• Entered the service at age 16
• Worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad
for almost 40 years after his military career
• No information provided
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