Santa Ana Star Casino New Mexico Open and Sun Country PGA Golf Tour teed off in September to raise $20 thousand for the University of New Mexico Children's Hospital.

  On September 18, 2002, 131 golf professionals, and 100 amateurs teamed up to raise money for UNM Children's Hospital, in the largest professional golf tour in the state of New Mexico.  The tournament has been raising money in New Mexico for 50 years.  This year the tournament raised an astounding $20 thousand in comparison to last year's $5 thousand.

Tournament Chairman and Head Golf Professional at Four Hills Country Club, Scott Gates said, "We target the UNM Children's Hospital because it directly affects children throughout New Mexico.  We wanted a charity that would benefit the entire state, not just Albuquerque."

 The New Mexico Open dates back to 1954, with the first NMO Champion being Billy Moya.  Since then, two other champions have won the event, both who played for the University of New Mexico Lobos and have competed in the event as professionals.

 The Santa Ana Star Casino New Mexico Open and the Sun Country PGA Tour would like to thank their sponsors, which include, Crystal Springs, First State Bank, Clear Channel Outdoor, Wells Fargo, Pepsi, Santa Ana Star Casino, and Club Car, as well as various hole sponsors.

 Next year's tournament is scheduled to be held September 17-20, at the Santa Ana Golf Club, with the Pro-am division being played at the Twin Warriors. 

UNM Children's Hospital serves more than 50,000 New Mexico children every year.  The hospital offers the most comprehensive care for children, available in New Mexico, and has the highest level of intensive care for children suffering from an illness or injury.  Pediatric physicians specialize in many areas, including pediatric surgery, neonatology, oncology, cardiology, pulmonary and much more.

Contact: Jennifer Riordan, 272-3322

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