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260,000 Attend 78th FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade November 27, 2014

260,000 Attend 78th FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade

Beautiful ‘Sun City’ weather allowed close to 260,000 spectators to line up along Montana Avenue to enjoy the 78th edition of the FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade on Thursday morning.
Children of all ages marveled at the almost 100 units that proceeded almost three miles on Montana Avenue from Ochoa Street to Copia Street to the highest-attended event in El Paso. The theme for the 78th Thanksgiving Day parade was “Gaming Mania: Video, Board Games and Arcade.”
The parade, televised locally on KTSM NBC Channel 9, featured floats, award-winning marching bands, equestrian teams, dancing groups and law enforcement from around the region.

The winners for each division will be announced on Sunday’s El Paso Times.


Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic Raises Funds for The First Tee of Greater El Paso November 14, 2014

Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic Raises Funds for The First Tee of Greater El Paso

Over $20,000 were raised to benefit The First Tee of Greater El Paso during the 40th Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic that took place last week.

Rare autographed golf collectibles were auctioned off during the welcome dinner that brought 20 of the nation’s top collegiate golfers to El Paso. Western Refining Inc. pledged to match up to $10,000 of funds raised through the live auction.

“Western Refining has been a longtime supporter of the First Tee of El Paso program,” said Gary Hanson, Vice President of Corporate Communications for Western Refining and chairman of the All-American Golf Classic. “It is a great program that teaches the principles of life through golf. We are pleased to help contribute to this great program and all the benefits it provides to the young people of El Paso.”

Aside from auctioning golf collectibles, guests in attendance were able to make monetary contributions to benefit the nonprofit headed by LPGA veteran Kristi Albers.

“It’s very nice when the Western Refining community can come together and support a local program such as The First Tee of Greater El Paso,” said Albers. “The Sun Bowl Western Refining All-American Golf Classic allowed us to have a live auction of some of our pin flags from the four PGA tour majors this year.

“Western Refining matched every dollar that was won for each flag up to $10,000. I, personally, was left speechless by this auction as the support was overwhelming. It’s always nice to know that people notice the great things we are doing at The First Tee of Greater El Paso.”

Albers founded the organization in 2008 following her retirement as a golf professional.

The First Tee of Greater El Paso uses a 3,000 sq. foot clubhouse for their classroom activities. Children ages 5-18 from the El Paso area and its surrounding communities can join the organization for low annual and session fees. Scholarships are available to those who require it.

More information about the organization can be found on their website http://www.thefirstteegreaterelpaso.org, or by calling (915) 252-6511 or e-mailing info@thefirstteegreaterelpaso.org.


Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic Raises Funds for The First Tee of Greater El Paso November 14, 2014

Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic Raises Funds for The First Tee of Greater El Paso

Over $20,000 were raised to benefit The First Tee of Greater El Paso during the 40th Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic that took place last week.

Rare autographed golf collectibles were auctioned off during the welcome dinner that brought 20 of the nation’s top collegiate golfers to El Paso. Western Refining Inc. pledged to match up to $10,000 of funds raised through the live auction.

“Western Refining has been a longtime supporter of the First Tee of El Paso program,” said Gary Hanson, Vice President of Corporate Communications for Western Refining and chairman of the All-American Golf Classic. “It is a great program that teaches the principles of life through golf. We are pleased to help contribute to this great program and all the benefits it provides to the young people of El Paso.”
Aside from auctioning golf collectibles, guests in attendance were able to make monetary contributions to benefit the nonprofit headed by LPGA veteran Kristi Albers.
“It’s very nice when the Western Refining community can come together and support a local program such as The First Tee of Greater El Paso,” said Albers. “The Sun Bowl Western Refining All-American Golf Classic allowed us to have a live auction of some of our pin flags from the four PGA tour majors this year.

“Western Refining matched every dollar that was won for each flag up to $10,000. I, personally, was left speechless by this auction as the support was overwhelming. It’s always nice to know that people notice the great things we are doing at The First Tee of Greater El Paso.”
Albers founded the organization in 2008 following her retirement as a golf professional.
The First Tee of Greater El Paso uses a 3,000 sq. foot clubhouse for their classroom activities. Children ages 5-18 from the El Paso area and its surrounding communities can join the organization for low annual and session fees. Scholarships are available to those who require it.

More information about the organization can be found on their website http://www.thefirstteegreaterelpaso.org, or by calling (915) 252-6511 or e-mailing info@thefirstteegreaterelpaso.org.


UNM’s Green Rewrites History at 40th Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic November 9, 2014

UNM’s Green Rewrites History at 40th Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic

In 40 years, only a single champion of the Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic held bragging rights as the only participant with multiple victories. On Sunday afternoon, University of New Mexico senior Gavin Green rewrote the history of the event becoming the second champion with back-to-back victories in the distinguished tournament.

“Today was a good day,” said Green. “I got off to a decent start but Rico (Hoey) pulled tied with me after one. I forgot about it and just moved on and played my game. I made some putts and that’s what it took to finish first.”

The Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, native, finished 14-under, seven strokes ahead of second-place finishers Jonathan Garrick (UCLA) and Rico Hoey (USC) to receive his second Lee Trevino trophy at the El Paso Country Club. Green carded a 66 in the final round following scores of 71 and 62 in the first two rounds on Saturday.

Aside from tying the tournament’s best individual round and best second round scores (62), Green also tied Sebastian Cappelen’s best-closing 36-hole total score record set in 2012 (128).

Green began his day with bogey on one, he immediately bounced back with a pair of birdies on two and three. Garrick and Hoey appeared to threaten Green’s quest for the repeat at times, but the 2014 Mountain West Conference Player of the Year carried over the momentum from Saturday’s finish to pull away with the win.

“It’s an awesome feeling for me to be able to say that, with all the big names that have won this tournament, I was able to do it twice.” Green added.

Clemson’s Chris Patton is the only other player to have accomplished the repeat feat at the All-American Classic with wins in 1988 and 1989.


UNM’s Green Leads All-American Classic after Two Rounds November 8, 2014

UNM’s Green Leads All-American Classic after Two Rounds

Defending champion Gavin Green concluded day one of the Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic atop the leaderboard with a two-stroke lead over Southern California’s Rico Hoey at the El Paso Country Club.

“I got off to a slow start, I was three over after four holes, but then I just restarted myself and my game and played good golf after that,” said Green. “I made a few putts and that changed my game. Going into tomorrow I just have to play my own game and try and stay patient.”

The New Mexico senior shot 71 in the first round before tying the tournament’s best individual round and best second round scores of 62. Green joins Billy Horschel (Florida, 2006) as the lowest second round score in tournament history. Aside from Green and Horschel, Luke List (Vanderbilt, 2006), and Webb Simpson (Wake Forest, 2007) have also shot rounds of 62 in the 40-year old tournament.

Green finished the day in style carding an eagle on the par-5 ninth hole, his final hole of the day.

Hoey is two shots back in second with scores of 69 and 66, while Missouri’s Ryan Zech stands in third at 5-under.

Third-round tee times are scheduled for 8:00 a.m. (MT) on Sunday, Nov. 9, at the El Paso Country Club.