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2021 Elks for Vets golf tournament hailed as a success

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The 12th annual Roswell Elks Lodge #969 Elks for Vets Charity Golf Tournament was held on June 5 at New Mexico Military Institute golf course.

Participants started the morning with a light breakfast. After some driving range and putting practice, the tournament was ready for a brief opening ceremony.

The colors were presented, and the National Anthem was performed by the Military Honor Guard followed by a rendition of taps. Art Moyle, chairman of the Board of Directors of Elks Lodge #969, welcomed everyone and introduced Roswell Mayor Dennis Kintigh, who thanked the Roswell community and the Elks for their commitment to serving the veteran community.

This was followed by a few words from Ralph Brown (this year’s tournament honoree), NMMI Superintendent MG Jerry Grizzle and this year’s Elks for Vets Charity Golf Committee Chairman Craig Sutherland. NMMI’s Steve Puntch, assistant golf pro, welcomed everyone and explained the tournament format.

Brown hit the first ball to start the tournament.

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Upon completion of the tournament, food, refreshments, scoring and awards were held at the Roswell Elks Lodge #969 on N. Montana Ave. A barbecue lunch was provided by John Detjen. In addition, Sergio Salas and Shawn Jolly, managers at the Elks, helped by serving golfers and hole sponsors.

Scoring and the golf awards for longest putt and closest to the pin on all the par 3s were announced.

Magil Duran, president of the Southeast New Mexico Veterans Transportation Network, was presented with a check for $26,100.

The SENM Veterans Transportation Network drives veterans, for free, to VA medical facilities from Roswell, Artesia, Carlsbad, Hobbs, Clovis and surrounding communities. More than 50% of their operating budget comes from donations to this event.

Between door prizes and tournament awards, more than $3,000 dollars was won by golfers supporting the event.

Tournament honoree Brown started the Elks for Vets Golf Tournaments years ago. In his acceptance speech, he said, “100% of the sponsor donations from the tournament is donated to SENM Veterans Transportation Network to help veterans and their families.” He thanked Sutherland and his committee for working so hard on this year’s tournament.

In closing, Moyle also acknowledged Sutherland, saying, “Craig stepped in when we didn’t have anyone to run this tournament, he took it and ran with it and I thank you and your committee for what you did for us and our veterans in this tournament.”

Roswell Elks Lodge #969 has conducted charity golf tournaments over the past 12 years, having raised and donated over $600,000 to local charities. “It is just incredible the support shown to us by the Roswell Community. We are very thankful,” said Joe Murphy, President of the Roswell Elks Lodge.

The next Roswell Elks charity golf event will be held on Sept. 11 at the NMMI golf course, the annual Roswell Elks Lodge #969 NM Wounded Warrior Charity Golf Tournament.