Wimberly Cup set to honor Sun Country Legends

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 2:50pm

Guy and Herb Wimberly, two Sun Country golf icons, are being recognized by the Sun Country Amateur Golf Association for their lifelong contributions in more than five decades of service.

SCAGA’s Senior Four Ball Championship has been renamed in the two brother’s honor and will now be known as “The Wimberly Cup”. The championship will be held at Sierra Del Rio Golf Club in Elephant Butte, N.M., April 27-28.

“We’re so excited to have the opportunity to honor Herb & Guy,” said SCAGA Executive Director Dana Lehner. “They lent a helping hand in the formation of our organization and are literally founding fathers of our local PGA Section as well. They’re both on the Sun Country Mount Rushmore and I can’t think of a better way to say thank you for everything they did for our golfing community.”

Along with the tournament, a dinner will be held Saturday evening following the first round to honor the Wimberlys and their years of dedication to amateur golf in the Sun Country. Winners of the event will be remembered on a Wimberly Cup trophy which will be on display at the Sun Country Golf House in Rio Rancho, N.M., home to the SCAGA staff, and open to all SCAGA members.

Herb and Guy have long been recognizable faces in the Sun Country golf community having played collegiate golf at the University of New Mexico back in the 1950s and early ‘60s. As Lobos, Herb and Guy captured many titles, including Guy’s naming as All-American in 1962.

After graduating from UNM, Herb was named the first Director of Golf at New Mexico State University Golf Course when it opened in 1962. Meanwhile, Guy and fellow PGA Professional Bob Meiering partnered to take on management of Albuquerque’s preeminent golf course, Arroyo Del Oso, in 1969. For 37 years they grew the operation, ultimately overseeing construction of the Dam Nine, making it a standout 27-hole municipal facility. ADO would go on to become one of the top public places to play in the nation, was recognized by Sports Illustrated as having the top golf shop in America and by the early ‘90s was hosting an unheard of 140,000 rounds of golf annually.
Education has always been at the forefront of the Wimberlys’ agenda as well. In 1988, Guy was instrumental in convincing the PGA of America to establish the second PGA Golf Management program in the country at Herb’s home of NMSU. It has since blossomed into one of the nation’s largest and most popular PGA Golf Management programs. Herb was the first director of the program and in its 25 years, hundreds of graduates have become PGA professionals, launching golf careers around the world.

As golf grew in popularity, Guy and Herb figured prominently in it and their tentacles of influence stretch all over the Sun Country golf world and beyond. And along with their notoriety have come many awards and accolades including a PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame induction for Guy in 2011.

Guy currently lives in Elephant Butte, where he is now the Emeritus Director of Golf at Sierra del Rio, and he and his wife Alice overlook the third hole from their house on the bluff. Herb is retired in Las Cruces, N.M., and is often seen on the NMSU driving range, helping golfers as he has always done.

This year’s first Wimberly Cup will be open to the media as well as its VIPs, participants and tournament officials. For more information, photos of the Wimberlys, etc., please do not hesitate to contact the Sun Country Golf House.

WHO: 2013 Wimberly Cup - (SCAGA Senior Four Ball Championship)
WHAT: Event named after Guy & Herb Wimberly honoring their influence on the game of golf in the Sun Country golf world
WHEN: April 27-28 (Saturday - Sunday)
WHERE: Sierra Del Rio Golf Club, Elephant Butte, N.M.

For More Information: Sun Country Golf House
505.897.0864 – Office
Or visit: www.suncountrygolf.org

The Sun Country Amateur Golf Association was founded in 1976. Since its beginnings, the Association has matured into one of the USGA's most excellent and efficient representatives. The SCAGA provides administrative services for all amateurs playing in the geographic area of New Mexico and West Texas. Our purpose is to promote mutual trust and friendly relationships among members: by encouraging and promoting successful golf operations; by aiding courses and clubs through study and research in the care, maintenance and improvement of greens and fairways; by developing educational programs related to the Rules of Golf; by conducting tournaments; by arranging tournament dates with minimal conflict among golf clubs and associations; by providing a handicap system for members; and by cooperating with other golf associations in the region.

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