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NMSU Team Wins Memorial Golf Scramble

LAS CRUCES - Although nobody won $1 million in the hole-in-one competitions, golfers raised almost $10,000 for 4-H scholarships and expenses Friday at the fourth annual Jesse Holloway Memorial 4-H Foundation Golf Scramble.



Members of New Mexico State University's College of Agriculture and Home Economics team are congratulated for their first-place finish during the fourth annual Jesse Holloway Memorial 4-H Foundation Golf Scramble Friday at Picacho Hills Country Club in Las Cruces. The team includes, from left, Mark Wise, Don Rheay, Dean Hawkins and Ron Byford. (04/11/2005) (NMSU Agricultural Communications Photo by J. Victor Espinoza)

Competition among the 20 teams at Picacho Hills Country Club was tight with the top three teams separated by only two strokes.

Golfers from New Mexico State University's College of Agriculture and Home Economics won the event, shooting a 13-under-par 59 on the windswept course.

Members included Mark Wise, Don Rheay, Ron Byford and Dean Hawkins.

Second place went to a team from Alamogordo that shot a 60. Playing for Wood Country Unfinished Furniture were Tom French, Jim French, Terry Messer and Bill Davis.

In third place, the Clayshulte team of Las Cruces shot a 61. Team members were Mark Legault, Eric Heddleston, Earl Finnel and Carl Christiansen.

Winning chances to shoot for the $1 million hole-in-one prize were Todd Browning of Las Cruces and German Ledesma of El Paso. Even though the pot was sweetened with a Case garden tractor from Hill Equipment Company and a Buick Rendezvous from Sisbarro Buick-Pontiac-GMC, neither golfer's tee shots found the hole.

Las Cruces golfer Mike Schuette won the longest putt competition. Hitting the longest drive among the women was Lynne Blackman of Las Cruces. Daniel Gerard of Las Cruces hit the longest drive among the men.

Selling the most tickets and sponsorships for the event, which raised about $9,500, was the Otero County 4-H Council, bringing in $1,725. Raising the most money among the Cooperative Extension Service staff was Otero County Extension program director Phil Wright, with $825. Curry County's Haden Moore raised $200, the most among 4-H members.

Organizer Billy Dictson was pleased with the results.

"It was very successful," Dictson said. "The wind blew a little, but what's new?"