|2017 Desert Sun Golf Tournament: - July 21-23, 2017|
Pro division winner Eric Chavez, Spring River Golf Pro Carlton Blewett, presenting sponsor Travis Hicks, tournament director Rick Spragins.
Rick Spragins, tournament director; Spring River Golf Pro Carlton Blewett, tournament sponsor Travis Hicks and pro-senior winner Bill Harvey.
Chavez wins Sun Classic; sudden death determines pro-senior winner
Waiting in the clubhouse Sunday afternoon, Eric Chavez didn’t know if his 136 was enough to win the Rotary Desert Sun Golf Classic until last year’s winner, David Muttit of Albuquerque, putted out with a 137. Adding to the drama was a three-way tie at 140 in the pro-senior division requiring a sudden death playoff just as rain started to fall.
Chavez, a golf professional from Las Cruces, collected $3000 for his first-place finish in the two-day tournament followed by Muttit then Chris Dompier of Tucson with a 138. Bill Harvey of Albuquerque won the pro-senior division and $2500 after his sudden death win over Ralph West of Phoenix and Carlton Blewett of Roswell.
Chaves was also part of the winning pro-am team along with J.R. Law, Tony Morales and Val Avila. Complete scores are posted on-line at desertsungolfclassic.com.
The annual Rotary Desert Sun Golf Classic was played July 21-23 at Nancy Lopez Golf Course at Spring River. In its 27-year history the tournament has raised well over $700,000 for worthwhile causes in Chaves County.
This year’s tournament will benefit The Salvation Army for construction of a Transitional Sober Living Home in Roswell. The residence will help local graduates of The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Program in Albuquerque make a successful transition to a sober and productive life in Chaves County.
The tournament is presented by the Roswell Pecos Valley Rotary Club, Sunrise Rotary Club and the Roswell Rotary Club. Major sponsor is Desert Sun Motors of Roswell, Travis Hicks executive manager.
2017 Rotary Desert Sun Golf Classic!
Now in its 27th year the Rotary Desert Sun Golf Classic has raised well over $700,000 for local charities. This money comes from generous sponsors of the golf tournament. Desert Sun Motors provides $25,000 each year to cover the operation of the tournament so that sponsorships and donations go the tournament beneficiaries.
The primary beneficiary of the 2017 Rotary Desert Sun Golf Classic will be the Salvation Army for the construction of a Transitional Sober Living Home in Roswell. The residence will help local graduates of the Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Program in Albuquerque make a successful transition to a sober and productive life in Chaves County.
The Rotary Desert Sun Classic is a two-day, 36-hole medal-play event open to professionals and amateurs. Sanctioned by the Sun Country PGA, the tournament maintains a professional tournament atmosphere using USGA rules. Handicaps are for flight determination only. Professionals will compete for an estimated $23,000 in prize money while Amateurs will play for about $12,000 in pro-shop credits.
Pro-Am Tournament. The first day of medal play will pair each professional with three amateurs for a best-ball team competition. This is a “tournament within the tournament.” At the same time each player will be playing the first 18 holes of the medal play event. Pro-Am teams will compete for $2000 in pro shop credits with separate payoffs for morning and afternoon teams. Day two will see teams flighted by score and a strictly individual competition.
Pro-Senior golfers have a separate division and prize pool. Pro-Seniors will have the option of competing in both the Pro Division and the Pro-Senior Division with the payment of an additional entry fee.