SOY International golf Tourney Success

Special to KRTN Multi-Media

The 19th Annual International Bank Golf Tournament, to benefit the Service Organization for Youth, Inc. (SOY) was held at the Raton Golf Course on Saturday, September 20th.

 The tournament was a Two-Person Scramble and drew 22 teams (44 participants).  In the First Flight, First Place went to the team of Bubba Tapia and Frank Fernandez; Second Place was Robert Jones and Pat Vigil; the Third Place team was Patrick Dyer and Wayne Burnham; the Fourth Place team was Tino Cordova and Sam Serna. 

In the Second Flight, First Place Winners were Joe Gagliardi and Tim Samora; Second Place went to Valerie Padilla and Marvin Sheriff; Third Place winner was the team of Eddie Cardenas and Bernard Trujillo; and Fourth Place went to Mike Cummings and Joseph Padilla.

Prizes were also given out to winners in competition for; Closest to the Pin on #8 was Frank Fernandez, Longest Putt winner on #9 was Pat Vigil.

The tournament was held on a beautiful autumn day in Northeastern New Mexico and it was great fun.  SOY was able to raise over $5,000.00 to help support children, youth and family services in Colfax and Union Counties. 

After tournament play, a luncheon was held at the Raton Country Club for all of the participants and workers.  Gifts were given to all golfing participants and a raffle with dozens of prizes were distributed at the end of the day

SOY wants to thank all the generous sponsors who made this a very successful event, especially Ron Schmeits from International Bank, our corporate sponsor.  Robert Jones, representing International Bank, joined us to help hand out all of the prizes to the tournament participants. Thanks also to the Raton Golf Course and the entire staff for all their hard work and hospitality.  They made the day extremely enjoyable for everyone. 

Major Sponsors for this event also included, the Elks Club – Raton Lodge #865, Phil Long Ford  of Raton, RBS True Value, Sierra Communications/Baca Valley Telephone, and Woody’s Furniture. 

Gold Sponsors for this event included; All Seasons Family Restaurant,

Best Western Plus/Mulligan’s, Robin Blair-Attorney at Law, Burco Chemical and Supply, Ciganovich Construction, Inc., Dr. Loretta Conder, MD, CS Cattle Company,

Discount Office and Copy Center, Fabilis Wings, First National Loan Production Office, First National Bank of New Mexico, McDonald’s Family Restaurant, Medicine Shoppe, Park Avenue Insurance, Pioneer Bar and Package Liquor, Pyramid Electric, Raton Ambassadors, Radio Shack – Raton Store, and Springer Electric Cooperative.

Silver Sponsors this year were; A & M Repair, Anthony’s Jeweler, Arthur Insurance, Auto Zone, Carquest Auto Parts (Brent, Tony & Bill), Flowerland, High Desert Outdoors, Kamm and McConnell – Attorneys At Law, KRTN Radio, KBKZ/KCRT Radio, Mesa Tire, Pendleton Oil and Gas Company, Record’s Rental/Ace Hardware, Solano’s Boot and Western Wear,

Santa Fe Trail Traders, State Farm Insurance, and SuperSave.

Prizes for the raffle and cash prizes were donated by A Cut Above, Arby’s, Asian Buffet, Buffalo Chip, 87 Chevron, Eliza’s and Johanna’s Full Service Salon, El Matador Restaurant, Enchanted Grounds, Fablilis Wings, G and L’s Café, K-Mart, Mesa Pharmacy, Raton Chamber of Commerce, Sonic Drive In, Sports, Subway Sandwich of Raton and Trinidad Movie Picture Showhouse.

Also, thanks to the tournament organizing committee – Serena Lannon and David Swanson who put in a lot of time and effort for this event.  And, thanks to the SOY Staff – Emily Meadows, Fernando Ortiz, Robin Woolley, James Vigil, Mona Sandoval, and Ben Durant.  Others who helped out include Linda King, Tina Frank, Matthew Dominguez (NMHU MSW Intern) and the crew at the Raton Municipal Golf Course including Mercy Swanson.

Thanks again to all – everyone associated with the SOY Program is grateful for the continued support of the community in our efforts to provide quality youth and family services to this part of the state.  Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to everyone for a great day of golf.  We look forward to next year and the 20th Annual International Bank/SOY Golf Tournament.



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