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NMJC Foundation Hosts Golf Tournament

5/23/2008 5:08:27 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. The New Mexico Junior College Foundation will host the 9th Annual Jim Spence Memorial Golf Championship at Hobbs Country Club on Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8.

The field is limited to the first 60 teams, with a Shotgun Start at 8:00 am and 1:00 on Saturday. Lunch is provided both days. The Tournament consists of 2-person teams, with a $400 team fee. Saturday begins with a 2-person scramble, and Sunday features a 2-person Best Ball (select drive). Payment per flight is $2000 ($800, $600, $400, and $200).

On Friday, prior to the Tournament, a Skills-Challenge Block Party will be held at 5:00 pm, with a $5 entry fee per challenge. Participation is optional, yet open to everyone, including non-tournament participants. Long-Drive, Closest-to-the-Pin, and Putting-Course contests are scheduled.

The Tournament was begun in 2000 by Janice Spence to honor the memory of her late husband, Jim Spence, who had passed away in 1999, by sponsoring a golf tournament for employees of the car dealership they had built together during their 35-year marriage.

Because the tournament proved to be a successful way to pay tribute to her husband's memory while providing an enjoyable outlet for employees, it was decided that a larger, annual event was in order. Partnering with the New Mexico Junior College Foundation, Spence turned the event into a memorial golf tournament championship, with proceeds to be used to benefit deserving students at NMJC.

According to Jennifer Jordon, Executive Director of the NMJC Foundation, the tournament provides needed scholarships to NMJC students as well as some additional program assistance. The Foundation, which was formed in 1969 for the sole purpose of supporting, promoting, and encouraging academic and career/technical programs that lead to graduation from NMJC, raises funds to provide not only scholarships for students, but also work-study assistance, as well as professional development and state-of-the-art classroom equipment for faculty, among other things. Since its inception, approximately $324,000 has been raised through the highly successful tournament, with an additional $50,000 anticipated for this year alone.

Each year, the Foundation searches for qualified applicants for each of the more than 60 named scholarships available. In addition to Jordon and Spence, members of the Foundation Board include Jeannie Anderson, Zane Bergman, Ray Betzen, Jim Burke, Billy Cummings, Dr. Christopher Driskill, Thurman Duncan, Mike Faris, Kim Fulfer, Larry Hanna, Dan Hardin, Debra Hicks, Daniel Johncox, Dr. Steve McCleery, David Pyeatt, Betty Rickman, David Shaw, and Dan Socolofsky.

or more information or to sign up, please contact Dave Rennhack at the Hobbs Country Club Pro Shop at 575.393.5212.

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