EL PASO, Texas – The 2015 FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade is set for Thursday, Nov. 26 and starts at 10 a.m. on Montana Avenue starting from Ochoa Street and finishing at Copia Street. The lineup is set and has been announced by parade organizers from FirstLight Federal Credit Union and the Sun Bowl Association.
There are 17 floats in the parade, including a float built by employees of FLFCU and a float built by volunteers of the Sun Bowl Association. There are also nine marching bands, three ROTC groups, four equestrian groups and a variety of other groups including military, police departments and fire departments.
The 79th edition of the FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade will feature several members of the 1966 UTEP men’s basketball team (then known as Texas Western) as the Grand Marshal on Thanksgiving Day. UTEP men’s basketball took El Paso and the rest of the country by storm in 1966 as the team coached by hall of famer Don Haskins, went undefeated in the NCAA tournament and claimed the only National Championship in program history.
Review stand tickets for the parade can be purchased for $5 now at FirstLight Federal Credit Union branches, Circle K locations and the Sun Bowl Association office. For more information call (915) 533-4416.
A highlight video of the 2014 FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade can be seen on YouTube by clicking on the following link: https://youtu.be/Dwnxr1__jH0.
EL PASO, Texas – Two participants from the El Paso area have qualified to move on to the Team Competitions of the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick and will compete at the Dallas Cowboys game on Saturday, Dec. 19 in Arlington, Texas.
Ava Labrado and Beth Baumler will travel to AT&T Stadium in Dallas to compete against other qualifiers at halftime of the Cowboys vs. New York Jets game.
Labrado earned top-qualifying honors in the girls division, ages 8-9 on Oct. 20 at the Sun Bowl stadium when she carded a score of 181’.9” (42’.3” punt, 97’.6” pass and 42’.0” kick).
Baulmer, who finished as the top-qualifier of the girls 14-15 age group, carded a 284’.7” total (79’.8” punt, 78’.11” pass and 126’.0 kick) at the Sun Bowl stadium.
The two El Paso qualifiers will compete against six other qualifiers of the Dallas Cowboys PP&K region.
The top-four high scorers in each of the 10 age divisions from all the 32 team championship events will advance to the PP&K National Championships, which will take place at a January NFL playoff game.
EL PASO, Texas – Vanderbilt senior Zack Jaworski started the day in fifth place on the leaderboard but fired a 4-under-par 67 in the final round at the 2015 Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic to become the 41st champion of the prestigious event and take home the Lee Trevino Trophy.
Jaworski becomes the second player from Vanderbilt to win the event as former Vanderbilt golfer Luke List won it in 2005 posting a three round score of 200 (67-65-68). Jaworski finished the tournament carding 16 birdies, including six in the final round of play. After posting bogies on holes seven and eight, he maintain his composure and tallied four birdies and six pars in the final 10 holes of play.
“Off the tee I wasn’t as solid as I would have liked, but around the greens I got the putter going, I got hot and I started making birdies,” Jaworski said.
Jaworski’s teammate, junior Matthias Schwab made a push for the 2015 title tying for second place with LSU’s Zach Wright and South Florida’s Claudio Correa with a 4-under 209. Schwab entered the final round of play in a tie for sixth and moved up four spots has he tallied a 3-under-par 68 in the final round using six birdies to help move up the leaderboard.
“I wouldn’t expect less than that from Matthias,” Jawoski said. “He is a great player and plays very consistent.”
“We are really excited for Jaws and Matthias and how they represented themselves and our program,” said Vanderbilt head coach Scott Limbaugh. “This is a great event with great history and for them to finish first and second is really a big deal.
Correa, who entered round three with the lead, struggled on Sunday posting three bogeys and only one birdie ending the day with a 2-over-par 73. East Tennessee State’s Adrian Meronk started the final day of play in second place but also had a tough day on the course as he also carded a 2-over. His play seemed inconsistent in round three as he marked four birdies, four bogeys, a double-bogey and nine pars.
Alumni of the Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic have gone on to earn more than $1.6 billion and winning 617 events on the PGA Tour. Over 145 colleges and universities have participated in the tournament, raising more than $753,000 in scholarship money for the participating institutions. Each university represented by the Western Refining College All-Americans will receive a $1,000 scholarship.
El Paso Country Club (Par 71; 6,889 Yards)
1 Zack Jaworski – Vanderbilt: 71-69-67—207 (-6)
T2 Matthias Schwab – Vanderbilt: 70-71-68—209 (-4)
T2 Zach Wright – LSU: 69-70-70—209 (-4)
T2 Claudio Correa – South Florida: 68-68-73—209 (-4)
T5 Beau Hossler – Texas: 74-69-68—211 (-2)
T5 Adrian Meronk – East Tennessee State: 70-68-73—211 (-2)
T7 Rico Hoey – Southern California: 65-76-72—213 (E)
T7 Max Rottluff – Arizona State: 74-65-74—213 (E)
9 Will Zalatoris – Wake Forest: 72-72-70—214 (2)
T11 Gavin Hall – Texas: 69-75-72—216 (3)
13 Brandon Matthews – Temple: 68-74-76—218 (7)
T14 Blair Hamilton – Houston: 70-75-75—220 (8)
17 Brandon Pierce – LSU: 71-75-78—224 (12)
19 Riley Davenport – Charlotte: 75-77-74—226 (15)
T20 Rigel Fernandes – South Florida: 74-80-74—228 (16)
EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association and Western Refining have announced that PGA legend and Hall of Famer Lee Trevino will be in attendance at the 2015 Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Classic on November 5-6 at the El Paso Country Club in El Paso, Texas.
Trevino, whose hometown is El Paso, will be in attendance at the welcome banquet speaking to the All-America student-athletes that are participating in the tournament. The welcome banquet is closed to the public, but those who would like to get an autograph or picture with Trevino can do so at the Long Drive and Putting Contest on November 6. He will be at the El Paso Country Club from 9am-12pm, encouraging the golfers and speaking with those watching the contest.
“It’s great to have someone that is such a legend, not only on the PGA Tour, but also in El Paso,” said tournament chairman Gary Hanson. “Lee has be very instrumental in helping establish this tournament and to have him back in his hometown is a great thing for everyone.”
He qualified for the U.S. Open in 1966, made the cut, and tied for 54th. He qualified again in 1967 and shot 283 (+3), eight shots behind champion Jack Nicklaus, and only four behind runner-up Arnold Palmer. Trevino finished fifth, which earned him Tour privileges for the rest of the 1967 season. He was named Rookie of the Year by Golf Digest. The fifth-place finish at the U.S. Open also earned him an exemption into the following year’s event.
During his career, Trevino won 29 times on the PGA Tour, including six majors. He was at his best in the early 1970s, when he was Nicklaus’s chief rival. He won the money list title in 1970, and had six wins in 1971 and four wins in 1972.
Trevino had a remarkable spell during a span of 20 days in the summer of 1971. He defeated Nicklaus in an 18-hole playoff to win the 1971 U.S. Open. Two weeks later, he won the Canadian Open (the first of three), and the following week won The Open Championship (British Open), becoming the first player to win those three titles in the same year. Trevino was awarded the Hickok Belt as the top professional athlete of 1971. He also won Sports Illustrated magazine’s “Sportsman of the Year” and was named ABC’s Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year.
In 1972 at Muirfield in Scotland, Trevino became the first player to successfully defend The Open Championship since Palmer in 1962. In a remarkable third round at Muirfield, Trevino had five-consecutive birdies from the 14th through the 18th, holing a bunker shot on the 16th and sinking a 30–foot chip on the 18th for a round of 66. In the final round, Trevino was tied for the lead on the 17th tee with Tony Jacklin. Trevino chipped in from the rough on the back of the green for a par on the 17th. A shaken Jacklin three-putted the same hole from 15 feet for a bogey. Trevino parred the 18th hole for a final round of 71, winning him the Open by a stroke over Nicklaus, with Jacklin finishing third. Trevino holed out four times from off the greens during the tournament. Nicklaus had won the first two majors of the year and fell just short in the third leg of the grand slam. After holing his chip shot on the 17th in the final round, Trevino said: “I’m the greatest chipper in the world.”
In the PGA Championship in 1974, Trevino won the fifth of his six major championships. He won the title by a stroke, again over Nicklaus, the fourth and final time he was a runner-up in a major to Trevino.
About the Tournament
The 2015 Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic will be held November 6-8 at the El Paso Country Club, where the best college golfers in the country will look to etch their name onto the tournament’s illustrious history.
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 47 majors championships and have earned over $1 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. The event is free and open to the public.
Friday (Nov. 6)
9 a.m. Titleist Long Drive
10 a.m. PING Putting Contest
10 a.m. Trevino available to speak with media
Saturday (Nov. 7)
8 a.m. First & Second Rounds
Sunday (Nov. 8)
8 a.m. Final Round
Lee Trevino Trophy presentation immediately following final round.
El Paso, Texas – The 79th edition of the FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade will feature several members of the 1966 UTEP men’s basketball team (then known as Texas Western) as the Grand Marshal on Thanksgiving Day.
UTEP men’s basketball took El Paso and the rest of the country by storm in 1966 as the team coached by hall of famer Don Haskins, went undefeated in the NCAA tournament and claimed the only National Championship in program history.
“We are honored and truly thankful to have the 1966 Texas Western Miners Basketball Team serve as our grand marshals,” said Karl Murphy, President and CEO of FirstLight Federal Credit Union. "All were so talented, and won the 1966 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament against all odds and changed the course of history.”
An exact count of the former players who will be leading this year’s parade will be released in a future date.
Bobby Joe Hill, a forward from Detroit, Mi., led the Miners with 15.0 points per game (ppg) and 3.0 rebounds per game (rpg). Center David Lattin, a Houston native, also had a stellar season averaging 14.0 ppg and 8.6 rpg. Guard Orsten Artis (12.6 ppg), center Nevil Shed (10.6 ppg, 7.9 rpg) and forward Harry Flournoy (8.3 ppg, 10.7 rpg)
UTEP arrived to the NCAA tournament sporting a 23-1 record, and wins against Oklahoma City, Cincinnati, Kansas and Utah set-up a meeting with then No. 1 Kentucky for the National Championship. The Miners defeated Kentucky 72-65 to claim the historic win at Cole Field House in College Park, Md.
The 1966 triumph still remains as the only Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship ever won by any school in the state of Texas.
Not only did Haskins’ team accomplish athletic greatness, but it also broke-down racial and cultural barriers. The team faced several racial-driven encounters which were illustrated in the award-winning film “Glory Road,” which is based on a true story about the impactful 1966 team.
The 79th Annual FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade is Nov. 26 at 10 a.m.
Review Stand tickets for the parade can be purchased now at FirstLight Federal Credit Union branches, Circle K locations and the Sun Bowl Association office. For more information call (915) 533-4416.
Date: Thursday, November 26, 2015
Parade Theme: Extraordinary Inventions
Step-off Time: 10:00 a.m. (MST)
Parade Route: Montana Avenue; beginning at Ochoa and ending at Copia (2.7 miles)
Anticipated Units: 100 units including floats, giant helium balloons, equestrian units, clowns, marching bands, drum and bugle corps units, royalty, dignitaries, celebrity Grand Marshal, and a wide variety of specialty units from Mexican/Indian dancers to military ceremonial units.
Television: Live coverage of the parade will be broadcast on local affiliate television KTSM Channel 9 (NBC).
Anticipated Crowd: More than 260,000 spectators lined Montana last year to witness the parade. Approximately the same amount of people are expected for this year’s parade.
*Team photo courtesy of the UTEP media relations office