Kari Zimmerly New Lobo Assistant Golf Coach 0

(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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Dan Vukelich, former editor of ABQ Free Press and Sun Country Golf magazine, is editor of NewMexicoGolfNews.com. He's a member of the Golf Writers Association of America and the Golf Travel Writers of America. Reach him at dan@newmexicogolfnews.com

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