Kari Zimmerly New Lobo Assistant Golf Coach 0 27

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) August 1, 2012 — Kari Zimmerly has been named assistant women’s golf coach at the University of New Mexico, head coach Jill Trujillo announced.

Zimmerly, the former Kari Hunter, was a four-year letter winner for the Lobo golf team from 1990-93, earning all-conference honors as a sophomore in 1991.  She played 54 collegiate rounds at UNM.  The Lobos won the Western Athletic Conference team title in 1993.

“I’m so excited to come back to the Lobo family,” said Zimmerly, a native of Sherman, Texas. Zimmerly spent nine years at Hope Christian School in Albuquerque where she taught 3- and 4-year-olds and served as assistant director of the pre-school. Zimmerly was named Hope Christian’s Teacher of the Year in 2009.

Zimmerly spent four years at Four Hills Country Club in Albuquerque, serving as the pro shop manager and running junior camps. Zimmerly was also banquet manager and in charge of tournament operations at Paradise Hills Golf Club in Albuquerque.

Zimmerly and her husband, Wright, have two daughters, Kaitlin and Kourtney.   Wright is head professional at Ladera Golf Course in Albuquerque and a volunteer assistant for the UNM men’s golf team.

Wright’s father, Sam, was a member of the UNM men’s golf team (1961-65) that won three conference championships. He was on the staff that opened the UNM Championship Golf Course (then UNM South) in 1966, and is director of golf at Ladera.

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Sierra Del Rio to Shutter for Two Months 0 126

Sierra del Rio Golf Course

Sierra Del Rio Golf Course, which restricted play in December to Thursday through Sunday only, will close for two months after the New Year.

The temporary closure of the 18-hole Elephant Butte golf course was announced in an email Sunday. The golf course’s food and beverage operation, also will close. Plans are to reopen on March 1, the course said.

“The course is in reasonably good condition but we want it to be in the best shape possible when we reopen,” a golf shop employee said Sunday. Maintenance crews will devote the downtime to earth and drainage work to repair damage to native areas off the playing surfaces caused by heavy rains in September, the employee said.

Sierra Del Rio, a Richard Phelps design, is the centerpiece of a retirement- and second-home community near the Rio Grande in Southern New Mexico. Its director of golf is Guy Wimberly, who retired to Elephant Butte after decades running Arroyo Del Oso Golf Course in Albuquerque. Wimberly had no comment on the closure on Sunday.

Sierra Del Rio reduced playing days earlier this month. Winter is typically playable in Southern New Mexico, where daily highs reach into the 50s and 60s.

Sierra Del Rio is part of the Turtleback Mountain Resort. It opened in 2007 on the footprint of the old Oasis Golf Resort and is the nearest golf course to Spaceport America, where Virgin Galactic plans to fly tourists to the edge of space.

The renovated course and new homes built near it provided a boost to the local economy, but homebuilding and rounds played suffered following the 2008 housing collapse.

Dan Vukelich is editor of NewMexicoGolfNews.com. Reach him at dan@newmexicogolfnews.com.