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Fore H: Youth Foundation Plans Golf Tournament To Benefit 4-H

LAS CRUCES - New Mexico's 4-H Foundation is seeking sponsors and entrants for a fall Cowboy Classic Golf Tournament to raise money for youth scholarships.

Last year's inaugural tournament raised $8,000, said Peter Treadway, executive secretary of the 4-H Youth Development Foundation. "To meet our goal of raising $12,000 this year, we need additional hole sponsors, team sponsors and individual entrants."

The 2001 Cowboy Classic will begin with a 9 a.m. shotgun start on Friday, Sept. 21 in Sandia Park at the Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club, named Golf Digest's Best New Affordable Public Course in America for 2000. For an added fee of $50, members of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association will play a few holes with each foursome. Lunch and an auction of rodeo equipment and paraphernalia donated by the cowboys will follow the round.

The group is seeking major sponsors to contribute $150 to $5,000. Hole sponsorships of $300 apiece also are needed. Team sponsorships cost $400, and individual registration is $100.

"The money the 4-H Foundation raises from this event will be used for 4-H scholarships and national trips," said Jesse Holloway, 4-H department head.

4-H, which stands for head, heart, hands and health, helps young people gain the life skills they need to become productive citizens, using a hands-on, "learn by doing" approach. More than 50,000 young people in New Mexico participate in 4-H.

The tournament is the brainchild of John Johnstone, president of Garduņo's Restaurants, which sponsors the event along with Public Service Company of New Mexico and Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club.

For more information about the event, contact Sy Santos at Garduņo's, (505) 298-5514, Extension 20, or visit the World Wide Web site at http://www.cowboyclassic.org. For more information about 4-H, contact your county Cooperative Extension Service office or the State 4-H Office at (505) 646-3026.