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March 7th, 2016

As sponsor, Sandia gives boost to tournament’s charitable goal of supporting Sun Country Junior Golf Foundation Scholarship Fund and other local charities

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Pueblo of Sandia announced today that it will host the New Mexico Open as the primary sponsor for the next three years at Sandia Golf Club (2016-2018).  
“We’re very pleased to become the host site and sponsor for this storied state open golf tournament,” said Matt Molloy, Director of Golf/General Manager of Sandia Golf Club.  “The event has been attracting top competitors, both professional and amateur, since the 50s, and Sandia Golf Club is honored and excited to continue the rich tradition of providing a first class event. It’s also very gratifying to help with the charitable aspect of the tournament.”  
The New Mexico Open is a 54-hole, stroke-play professional tournament that features a field of 156 players with a cut after 36 holes.  The 2016 event will be played September 13-15 with an estimated purse of $95,000 up for grabs and a first-place check of $14,000 (based on full field).  Entry fees are $400 for Sun Country PGA members; $500 for other PGA members; $600 for non-affiliated professionals; and $300 for amateurs.    
The New Mexico Open dates back to 1954 when amateur, Billy Moya of Albuquerque, took home top honors in the inaugural event. Since then there have been two other amateurs and numerous professionals with their names etched on the New Mexico Open trophy including PGA TOUR players Lee Trevino, Paul Stankowski, Brian Kortan, D.J. Brigman and Notah Begay III.  Other tour players who have participated include Tommy Armour III, Tom and Curt Byrum, and Kent Jones, among others.  
The charitable goal of the New Mexico Open is to be a significant contributor to the Sun Country Junior Golf Foundation Scholarship Fund and additional local charities. 

About Sandia Golf Club 
Sandia Golf Club was developed by the Pueblo of Sandia as an amenity of the Sandia Resort & Casino.  The club features an 18-hole, par-72 golf course designed by Scott Miller that plays 5,113 yards from the forward tees and 7,772 yards from the back tees.  Sandia Golf Club opened for public play in 2005 under the management to OB Sports Golf Management. The memorable layout weaves its way through rugged high-desert terrain with panoramic views of the Sandia Mountains and greater Albuquerque area.  Another amenity of the club, The Event Center at Sandia Golf Club, opened in 2015. This new state-of-the-art facility serves as a great space to host large golf tournaments, banquets, weddings, corporate meetings, conferences, charity events and more.  For more information about Sandia Golf Club, visit, call 505-796-7500, like on Facebook, follow on Twitter, or view on its’ YouTube channel. 

About Sandia Resort & Casino
Featuring deluxe accommodations and luxury amenities, Albuquerque’s Sandia Resort & Casino provides incomparable comfort and uncompromising service.  Touted as New Mexico’s premier casino resort, Sandia offers the latest in table games, poker, slot machines, bingo, full service spa and an award-winning championship golf course - all within the beautiful vista of the stunning Sandia Mountains. 1-800-526-9366

Dale Moseke, 480.948.1300       
Matt Molloy, 505-798-3990