Albuquerque’s Van Dyke shares lead at prestigious N.M.-West Texas Amateur

Courtesy Sun Country Golf House


Competitors Face Tough Field and Breezes as Golf Course Comes out on Top

SANDIA PARK, N.M.  – The 2019 New Mexico-West Texas Amateur Championship wrapped up its first round on Friday at Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club in Sandia Park, N.M. The field of 68 competitors faced what is one of New Mexico’s toughest tests along with some breezy conditions that allowed only two players in the field to shoot below par.

At the top of the leaderboard sits Matt Van Dyke, Albuquerque, N.M., and University of New Mexico men’s golf team member, Ignacio Arcaya of Orlando, Fla. Both players fired two-under par 70s to sneak out a stroke ahead of another UNM men’s golfer, Roy Choi of Anaheim, Calif., at one-under par. Sitting two strokes back is 2017 and 2011 New Mexico – West Texas Amateur Champion who last won the event two years ago when it was also hosted at Paa-ko Ridge Golf Club.

Top 10

T1 Matt Van Dyke, Albuquerque, N.M. 70 -2

T1 Ignacio Arcaya, Orlando, Fla. 70 -2

3 Roy Choi, Anaheim, Calif. 71 -1

T4 Greg Condon, Monte Vista, Colo. 72 E

T4 Davis Chung, Las Cruces, N.M. 72 E

6 Dustin Anderson, Granbury, Texas 73 +1

T7 Five tied at 74 +2

The event features the top amateur golfers in all of New Mexico and West Texas vying for the tournament title and trying to notch themselves on the winner’s list alongside past winners like Tommy Armour III, Bart Bryant, Rich Beem, D.J. Brigman and others who have since won more than $30 million on professional tours.

The 43rd annual event has a field of elite amateurs from all over the Sun Country Amateur Golf Association teeing it up at New Mexico’s top golf course according to Golf Digest, Paa-ko Ridge. This year’s champion will not only claim SCAGA’s most storied and respected event but, will also receive invitations to play in national events like the Pacific Coast Amateur Championship which will be hosted in New Mexico at UNM Championship Golf Course later next month.

Saturday’s second round will begin at 8:00am with tee times running until 10:30am.

For More Information: Sun Country Golf House Paa-ko Ridge Golf Club

505.897.0864 – Office 505.281.6000 – Golf Shop

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