Bulletin Staff Report
Are you a duffer with a heart of gold?
If so, you’re in luck. Las Cruces offers plenty of opportunities for you to combine your love of the links with charity.
Summer has arrived and with it an annual tradition: the golf tournament fundraiser.
On Friday, June 20, some of the events include the Child Abuse Prevention Golf Tournament, scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Red Hawk Golf Club. In addition, the ninth annual Tortugas Open Four-Person Scramble is set for 8 a.m. at the Sonoma Ranch Golf Course.
Those are just two of many scheduled for the summer and beyond.
Jonathan Parker and Zach Silver work at Red Hawk and both said this is a busy time of year for tournaments.
“You see a lot of (tournaments),” Parkersaid. “People like to play in them.”
“They are very popular,” Silver said.
Probably the biggest and most well-known of these events is the It’s Burger Time High School All-Activities Golf Tournament.
This year, the tourney is scheduled to take place from Thursday to Sunday, July 10 to July 12, at Sonoma Ranch.
What started as a way to raise money for the Las Cruces high school football programs has developed into an event that contributes funds to a variety of school teams and activities.
Burger Time owner Kevin McGrath said last year the event that started in 1993 raised nearly $300,000.
“Twenty-one years later and we’re doing great,” McGrath said. “Las Cruces is one of the most generous towns in the state of New Mexico.”
Amy Miller, wife of Las Cruces High football coach Jim Miller, is organizing theprogram’s first-ever golf tournament, which is scheduled to take place on Aug. 2 at the New Mexico State University Golf Course.
She said golf is a logical fundraising activity in Las Cruces.
“Our area is great for golf,” Miller said. “I work at SpringHill Suites and we offer golf packages. We had five just this week.”
Zach Silver and Jonathan Parker both work at Red Hawk Golf Club at 7502 Red Hawk Golf Road. The duo said golf tournaments are very popular during the summer.
Las Cruces Bulletin photo by Brook Stockberger