First Round at the Horizon Club Largely an All-El Paso Affair
Michael Salazar of El Paso was the leader after Day 1 of the New Mexico-West Texas Amateur Championship, shooting a 1-under 69 at the Horizon Club on Friday.
The New Mexico-West Texas Amateur Championship, the premier event of the Sun Country Amateur Golf Association, attracted a 62-player field to the venue in Horizon City just east of El Paso.
SCAGA officials who hoped that holding the event near El Paso would attract more players from the region got their wish. The top of the leaderboard was largely an all-El Paso affair. Almost half the field hails from the El Paso area.
Eighteen Players From the Albuquerque Metro Area Made the Trip South
Javier Delgadillo of El Paso and Ryo Harada of Las Cruces were T2. El Pasoan Jackson Norwich, Albuquerque's Simon Miller, Jack Anderson of Round Rock, Texas, and Nosh Hicks of El Paso who were T4 at 1-over.
Pablo Clarke of El Paso was alone in eighth place at 2-over.
Zachariah Hildenbrand of El Paso, Aiden Kraft of Albuquerque, Boyd Kapalamoto of Roswell, Peyton Jones of Roswell, James Lee of Albuquerque and Marland Singleton of El Paso were T9 at 3-over.
Greg Yellin, a University of Texas at El Paso red-shirt freshman, who finished second in the 2018 New Mexico-West Texas Amateur Championship was T15 with nine other players at 4-over.
Three-Time and Defending Champion Condon Did Not Make the Trip
Three-time The New Mexico-West Texas Amateur Champion Gregg Condon of Monte Vista, Colo, did not make the 500-mile trip to defend his 2019 title.
SCAGA covers New Mexico and El Paso County, Texas.
Past PGA Tour Winners
Past winners New Mexico-West Texas Amateur Championship, such as Tommy Armour III, Bart Bryant, Rich Beem, D.J. Brigman and others who have since won more than $30 million on professional tours.
From the tips, the Horizon Club plays 6,886 yards with a par or 70 and a stroke rating of 72.6 and a slope of 128.
Full Day 1 results are here.
By New Mexico Golf News staff