Saturday, December 26, 2015


Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic Set for Nov. 6-8 October 1, 2015

Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic Set for Nov. 6-8

EL PASO, Texas – The 2015 Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic will be held November 6-8 at the El Paso Country Club, where the best college golfers in the country will look to etch their name onto the tournament’s illustrious history.

The Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic is one of the premier college golf tournaments in the country. Some of golf’s brightest stars have traveled to El Paso to compete in the tournament since its inaugural year in 1976.

Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III, Ricky Barnes, Notah Begay and Jerry Pate are just a handful of past participants who went on to have successful PGA careers. College All-America Golf Classic Alumni have combined to win 47 majors championships and have earned over $1 billion in career earnings.

To be eligible for competition student-athletes must have been named as an All-America team honoree during the previous year. The event is free and open to the public.

2015 Schedule
Friday (Nov. 6)
9 a.m. Titleist Long Drive
10 a.m. PING Putting Contest

Saturday (Nov. 7)
8 a.m. First & Second Rounds

Sunday (Nov. 8)
8 a.m. Final Round

Lee Trevino Trophy presentation immediately following final round.

+ Sun Bowl +

Editor’s Note: *Another release will be sent out when the tournament field is finalized.

Play YMCA Hyundai Sun Bowl Challenge to Win Game Package September 3, 2015

Play YMCA Hyundai Sun Bowl Challenge to Win Game Package

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association and the YMCA of El Paso have teamed up to give football fans around the country the chance to win a $1,500 Sun Bowl Game Package for the Hyundai Sun Bowl by participating in the YMCA Hyundai Sun Bowl Challenge.

The contest starts this week as the 2015 college football season opens up. Contestants will attempt to predict the winners of 10 predetermined Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and PAC-12 games, the Hyundai Sun Bowl conference affiliates, each week. The first set of games for contestants to predict are set for Saturday, Sept. 5.

“The YMCA has always enjoyed being a part of the events that the Sun Bowl Association puts on,” said Bill Coon, CEO/President of the El Paso YMCA. “The community has been very generous to us and other organizations such as ours, so we are more than happy to partner with the Sun Bowl Association to do this.”

With each game valued at one point, a weekly winner will be determined by the individual who accumulates the most points. In addition, contestants will be asked to estimate the total points scored by both teams of a predetermined game. In case of a tiebreaker, the contestant with the most accurate prediction of total points scored will be the weekly winner.

“Fans from around the country had a great time with this promotion last year,” said Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas. “We want to continue to make the college football experience a fun and exciting experience so we decided to team up with the YMCA of El Paso to do this. We would like to thank the YMCA of El Paso for helping the Sun Bowl Association with this contest.”

The 13 weekly winners will win two 2015 Hyundai Sun Bowl tickets, one month free adult membership to the YMCA of El Paso and will automatically advance to “Championship Week” in which they will once again predict the winners of each college football conference championship game. The contestant with the most points will two Captain’s Club level tickets to the 2015 Hyundai Sun Bowl, two VIP Pre-game tent party tickets, one parking pass with a one year family membership to the YMCA of El Paso.

Football fans must register for the YMCA Sun Bowl Challenge by logging into For complete rules and regulations please visit

Hyundai Sun Bowl Tickets Now on Sale; Plenty of Purchase Options for Customers September 3, 2015

Hyundai Sun Bowl Tickets Now on Sale; Plenty of Purchase Options for Customers

EL PASO, Texas – Tickets for the 82nd Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl are now on sale and fans have many options for purchase.

Tickets for the game, which is set for a noon kick-off on Saturday, Dec. 26 in Sun Bowl Stadium, can be purchased online with a link available at Customers can call the Sun Bowl Association office (915-533-4416) and are also invited to stop by the Sun Bowl Association office that is located at 4150 Pinnacle Street, Suite 100 in El Paso to purchase tickets.

The Hyundai Sun Bowl also works with Ticket master and fans can buy tickets by going to their website at or by calling the Ticket master toll free line at 800-745-3000. Tickets purchased through Ticket master will have additional handling and convenience fees attached to the price.

Ticket prices start at just $22 in the end zone with other options priced at $32, $47, $57 and $62. A map and layout of the Sun Bowl Stadium with ticket prices is also available online at Tickets may also be purchased and set up on an annually renewable account by calling the Sun Bowl Association office.

Fans may also want to be a part of one of our two programs to help others attend the 82nd Annual Sun Bowl. The Sun Bowl Association has brought in the “Salute a Soldier Program” and “Take a Child to the Game Program.”

With the “Salute a Soldier Program” fans and companies have the chance to give a Fort Bliss soldier a memory that will last a lifetime. As a sponsor you will give a soldier the opportunity to attend the game while your company will not only benefit out of goodwill, but will also be given recognition at the game.

If a fan or company would prefer to take part in the “Take a Child to the Game Program” that person or company gives a child the opportunity to attend the game, which would make for a great Christmas gift as the game falls on the day after Christmas. Again, anyone who takes part in this program will not only benefit out of goodwill but will also be given recognition at the game. The goal is to send 3,000 children to the game and give them an experience that will last a lifetime. The Sun Bowl Association can provide a list of youth organizations that your company may choose from, if you do not already have a personal favorite you are connected to in the community.

Contact the Sun Bowl Association ticket or marketing office for details on the two programs.

The game features select teams from the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) and the Pac-12. In last year’s Hyundai Sun Bowl fans saw Arizona State defeat Duke 34-31 in a game that had an explosion of excitement from start to finish.

Don’t forget to follow the Hyundai Sun Bowl on Twitter @HyundaiSunBowl and ‘LIKE’ us on Facebook (Hyundai Sun Bowl).

Listing of local and regional retailers to purchase tickets:
UTEP Ticket Office
Walmart Electronics Department (El Paso and Las Cruces)
Sunland Park Mall – Guest Services Booth
Fort Bliss – Soldiers Activity Center and Information Center
El Paso County Coliseum
Berino Wireless in Anthony, N.M.
Pan American Center Box Office on the campus of New Mexico State University (Las Cruces)

Purchase by phone:
Ticket master
Toll Free Number: 800-745-3000

Sun Bowl Association
Office Number: 915-533-4416

UTEP Ticket Office
Phone Number: 915-747-5234

Pan American Center Box Office
Phone Number: 575-646-1420

2015 Hyundai Sun Bowl Ticketing Map

Salute a Soldier Program

Take a Child to the Game Program

Sun Bowl Association Announces 2015 Sun Court August 25, 2015

Sun Bowl Association Announces 2015 Sun Court

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association announced the coronation of the 2015 Sun Queen and Sun Court on Friday, Aug. 7 at the El Paso Country Club.

The 2015 Sun Queen is Cassidy Daw, who is the daughter of Greg and Susan Daw and is a senior biology major with a minor in chemistry at Baylor University. Daw is an El Paso native and graduate of Loretto Academy. She is a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, Baylor Undergraduate Research in Science and Technology, and a part of the St. Jude’s Up-til-Dawn fundraiser.

Daw is also a part of Young Life and has volunteered at such events as The Alzheimer’s Memory Walk, Keep El Paso Beautiful, Earth Day Fair, The Braden Abound Memorial Foundation and The El Paso Marathon. She has also assisted with the Child Crisis Center, the Christmas Fair, The Greater El Paso First Tee and The Greater El Paso Senior All-Star Classic.

“These young ladies have demonstrated, through their achievements in school, community involvement and commitment to the Sun Bowl activities how deserving they are of this honor,” said Sun Bowl President Marilyn Munden. “It is an honor, but it is also a huge time commitment on their part. We are very fortunate to have each one of them as Ambassadors for the Sun Bowl and El Paso.”

The 2015 Sun Bowl Lady-in-Waiting is Cindy Van, a native of El Paso who is a junior at UTEP. Van is majoring in biology and hopes to pursue a career in the medical field. She is a recipient of the Karen Cooper Memorial Scholarship. Van is currently a Panhellenic Delegate for the Alpha Xi Delta, a Miner Ambassador, a medical scribe at Sierra Medical Center (ER), and a member of the Collegiate Double T Health Professions Honor Society.

Van has also volunteered with many organizations around the community including the University Medical Center, La Posada Home and the Rescue Mission. She has also used her spare time to assist with Adventures for Your Future, The Cystic Fibrous Walk, The Suns Health Fair, Autism Speaks and Project Move.

“This year’s Sun Queen, Lady-in-Waiting and the entire Sun Court represent the Sun Bowl and the entire El Paso community very well and in the best light possible,” said Executive Director Bernie Olivas. “We are proud to have each of these young ladies representing the Sun Bowl and our city.”

The 2015 Sun Princesses are Brianna Michelle Carmen (junior at UTEP), Katherine Elizabeth Carroll (senior at Texas Tech), Leasette Conway (senior at UTEP), Hayley Daw (sophomore at Baylor), Brenda Diaz (senior at UTEP), Sara Elia Flores (senior at St. Mary’s), Clarissa Gardea (junior at UTEP), Kendra Melendrez (sophomore at Texas) and Victoria Antionette Murillo (sophomore at Texas).

Judging is based on poise, appearance, personality, communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to demonstrate knowledge of El Paso. Contestants must be enrolled as full-time students.

The coronation has been a tradition in El Paso since the first collegiate Sun Bowl game in 1936.

Sun Court members serve as ambassadors for the Sun Bowl Association, as well as for the City of El Paso. The Sun Queen and Sun Princesses will attend various community events, such as the Hyundai Sun Bowl, First Light Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade, West Star Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational, Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic, Academy Sports + Outdoors Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament, Price’s Creameries Sun Bowl youth camps and clinics and other various events throughout the community.

The 2015 Hyundai Sun Bowl is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 26 with kickoff set for 12 p.m. (MT).

WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational Announces 2015 Teams July 9, 2015

WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational Announces 2015 Teams

The Sun Bowl Association and WestStar Bank are pleased to announce the field for the 2015 WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational. UC Irvine, Sam Houston State and Norfolk State will join UTEP on Dec. 21-22, 2015 at the Don Haskins Center.

“This year’s tournament will feature the deepest field we have had since 1999,” said tournament director Barry Kobren. “Any one of the teams could win it. All four teams won over 20 games last year and went on to postseason play. They all finished second in their respective conferences and finished the season with high RPI rankings. We are looking forward to four really great basketball games.”

Sam Houston State and UC Irvine will open the 54th edition of the invitational with a 5 p.m. tip-off on Monday, Dec. 21, to be followed by UTEP vs. Norfolk State at 7 p.m. The consolation game is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 22, at 5 p.m. prior to the championship game at 7 p.m.

“The Sun Bowl tournament always provides us a field that helps us prepare for the challenges of conference play,” said UTEP Head Coach Tim Floyd. “This year is no exception. The three teams that will be joining us all won at least 20 games last year, and they all went on to postseason play.

“UC Irvine has one of the most impactful returning players in the country in Mamadou Ndiaye. He is 7’6” and has helped elevate their program to a level they have not been to since the early 80s.”

All four teams head into the 2015-16 campaign following 20 or more wins and postseason appearances during the last season. In addition to last year’s success, all four featured schools boast an average of at least 20 wins over the past three years.

UC Irvine is coming off a 21-13 season that included a Big West Conference Tournament Championship leading the Anteaters to the second round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament. The conference tournament title and the NCAA Tournament bid were the first in program history.

The Anteaters return three starters from last year’s team, 7’6” junior center Mamadou Ndiaye, 6’1” senior point guard Alex Young, and 6’3” junior guard Luke Nelson.

Entering his sixth season at the helm of the UCI program, head coach Russell Turner has led the Anteaters to 65 wins over the past three seasons to include postseason appearances all three years. With a second-place Big West Conference finish following its 2015 late-season success, UC Irvine is favored to win the Big West Conference title in 2016.

Also entering his sixth year at the reins of his program, Jason Hooten brings the Sam Houston State Bearkats back to the Sun City following a 26-9 season. With 50 wins over the last two season, the Bearkats finished second in the Southland Conference with a 15-3 record. Sam Houston State made back-to-back Tournament appearances

Although Sam Houston State returns just one starter from the 2014-15 season, the Bearkats are loaded with experienced players with five returning seniors and six transfers.

Norfolk State will head to El Paso following a 20-14 season under the direction of third-year head coach Robert Jones. Their 2015 Tournament appearance marked the fourth consecutive postseason appearance for the Spartans and the second under Jones’ tutelage. With Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference runner-up honors in 2014-15, the Spartans achieved their third 20-win in the last four years including six wins over eventual postseason teams. Norfolk State’s 12 conference wins last season marked the third-most wins in 17 seasons in the MEAC.

UTEP, 80-22 all-time in the tournament claiming 31 titles, will host this year’s classic for the 54th year.

UTEP returns Omega Harris, Earvin Morris, Hooper Vint and Matt Willms from last year’s 22-11 squad that tied for second place in Conference USA and played in the postseason NIT. The Miners also welcome back Tevin Caldwell, Jake Flaggert, Victor Mbachu, Trey Touchet and Terry Winn who all redshirted in 2014-15. UTEP’s incoming recruiting class — featuring Oregon transfer Dominic Artis, Wallace State Junior College transfer Lee Moore and freshmen Josh McSwiggan, Christian Romine and Paul Thomas — was recently rated 12th in the nation by analyst Clark Francis of HOOP SCOOP.

UC Irvine will be making their first appearance in the event, while Sam Houston and Norfolk State will both be returning for their second trip to the nation’s oldest holiday tournament.

Fans can reserve their tickets beginning Oct. 1 by calling the Sun Bowl Association office at (915-533-4416 or 800-915-BOWL). Tickets are also included in UTEP season ticket packages.