Sales-Espinoza Win Section’s Pro-Pro Team Championship 0

Sandia Golf Club was site for the Sun Country PGA Pro=pro Team Championship

Sandia Golf Club Hosts Sun Country Section PGA Return to Competition

It took a playoff before the team of Evan Sales and Gerome Espinoza won the Sun Country Section PGA’s Pro-Pro Team Championship at Sandia Golf Club on Tuesday.

It was the section’s first tournament since the coronavirus shutdown.

Sales, 33 of Angel Fire Country Club, and Espinoza, 43, of Paradise Hills Golf Course, were the Day 1 leaders at 7-under. They followed that with a 5-under 67 on Day 2.

Playoff for Pro-Pro Team Title

In the playoff for the Pro-Pro Team Championship title, they bested the team of Jordan Gibbs and Brad Lardon, both of The Club at Las Campanas near Santa Fe.

The team of Larry Lopez and Devin Miertschin fired a final round of 8-under to finish T3 at 9-under with Dustin Blair and Luis Delgadillo, both of Horizon Golf Club in El Paso..

Scott Gates, former director of golf at the Canyon Club at Four Hills, and Don Yrene, the current director of golf there, finished alone in fifth place.

Sig Dalen of Tanoan Country Club and Scott Lieberwirth, men’s head golf coach at the University of Texas El Paso, shot 8-under to finish T6 with the team of Ron Allen of Tijeras Arroyo Golf Course on Kirtland Air Force Base and Carlton Blewett of the Nancy Lopez Golf Course at Spring River in Roswell.

28 Two Man Teams Entered the Pro-Pro Event

Twenty-eight two-man teams entered the Pro-Pro Team Championship, a best-ball event. Sixteen teams finished at even par or better on the par 72, 7,755-yard Sandia course.

Two-thirds of the field received pay-outs. The purse for the winning team was $1,500. Two teams that finished T20 took home $51. The entry fee was $135.

Find full results here.

In other news:

ABQ Muni improvements: Expansion of Ladera Golf Course’s patio was well underway Tuesday with metal supports for an expanded shade structure going up to cover the west-facing patio.

The goal is to expand outdoor seating to maintain social distancing if the coronavirus pandemic further limits indoor dining at the golf course’s snack bar and grille. Rader Awning of Albuquerque was doing the work.

Wine Event: At Sierra del Rio Golf Course in Elephant Butte, which narrowly escaped damage by a brush fire two weeks ago, is taking advantage of his spacious patio to offer “Wine Down Wednesday” at the Turtleback Mountain Taphouse & Grill on July 1.

The event runs from 6:30-9:30 p.m. and will feature appetizers and by-the-glass wine specials and Karaoke with Las Cruces DJ Smooth. For more information, call 575-744-4653.

By New Mexico Golf News staff


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

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