Albuquerque, NM, August 24, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- Participating spectators will have the opportunity to win a showcased Mesa Lot valued at $150,000 dollars for the first hole in one on hole number 5. Spectators will also have a chance to win an opportunity for $5,000 cash for an ace on number 11 at the Sierra del Rio Golf Course. If any of the four participants of the Shootout score an ace, the winning spectator will be drawn at the conclusion of play. In addition, all ticket purchasers will be eligible to win many other great prizes. Tickets will be on sale at the event for $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00.
Shootout spectators will also have an opportunity to test their skill and compete for their own sizeable purse, in the $10,000 Putting Contest.
Qualifying for a chance to putt for the big prize will take place prior to the high noon Shootout. At the completion of play qualifiers names will be drawn to putt for $10,000 on the 18th green.
About The Shootout
World Golf Hall of Fame member and Roswell native Nancy Lopez and Albuquerque’s own Rosie Jones will return to defend their title at this year’s New Mexico Shootout to be played at Sierra del Rio Championship Golf Course at Turtleback Mountain Resort on Friday September 5th in Elephant Butte, NM.
The second annual New Mexico Shootout is presented and sponsored in part by the New Mexico Tourism Department. This year’s Shootout will feature four premiere members of the Ladies Professional Golf Association, all of whom have close ties to New Mexico.
Last years event had record crowds nearing 4,000, making it the largest single day golf event in the State’s history. Spectators were treated to an exciting match that was tied after 18 holes and won in a chip off when Lopez chipped to within a foot at the 18th hole. This year’s event promises to be just as exciting as some of the greatest names in women’s golf battle it out in a two-team better ball 18 hole match format.
Defending champions Nancy Lopez and Rosie Jones (Team Sierra Red) will compete against El Paso resident and UNM graduate Kristi Albers and rising young Canadian star and NMSU graduate Alena Sharp (Team Zia Gold).
World Golf Hall of Fame golfer Kathy Whitworth, winner of more tournaments than any other male or female professional golfer in history, will once again host the Shootout Clinic. Always a crowd favorite, Kathy will share her knowledge to golfers of all ages and skill levels.
“We are proud to partner with the State to bring this exciting professional golf event back to Sierra County, New Mexico,” said Jack Whitt, CEO of Turtleback Mountain Resort. “As a result of the tremendous coverage that last year’s shootout received people across the country and around the world saw that New Mexico has a great golfing tradition and is rapidly gaining widespread attention as an excellent place to live and retire.”
Sierra del Rio was recognized by Golf Digest as one of America’s best remodeled courses in 2007.
“Our goal in hosting the Shootout is to promote New Mexico as a great
state for golf,” said Guy Wimberly, Director of Golf. “There are many
well-known courses in the state, but also many that are not so well known. We want both residents and visitors to learn about everything New Mexico has to offer the golf enthusiast.”
Gates open at 9am, the clinic takes place at 11am, and the Shootout begins at high noon. Entertainment will follow play; food and beverages will be available throughout the day.
Proceeds from The New Mexico Shootout will support Sierra Vista Hospital, located in nearby Truth or Consequences. The hospital has recently begun a capital campaign aimed at raising $15 million to build a new facility that will provide up-to-date health care and state-of-the-art medical technology for Sierra County’s growing population as well as visitors.
Sponsorships and VIP packages are available. Complete Shootout details are online at www.newmexicoshootout.com. Tickets are $25 each, with children under 13 admitted free. They may be ordered online or by mail and are also available at selected golf course pro shops around the state.
For more information, go to www.newmexicoshootout.com or call
Contact: Sherrin Smyers, The New Mexico Shootout, 863.660.3779
Guy Wimberly, Sierra del Rio Golf Course, 505.239.5255
Jeff Smith, Turtleback Mountain Resort, 575.744.7100