LAS CRUCES – Whether it’s helping guests at the pro shop or teaching them on the golf course, Keslee Sherman, a student assistant at the New Mexico State University golf course, enjoys the experience of working there and teaching others their skills. Thanks to a recent donation to the golf course, a new scholarship will help students like Sherman focus more on their academics and pursue their passions.
The New Mexico State University Foundation recently received a foundation to support the Golfer Development Program on the NMSU golf course called Las Cruces Country Club.
“We wanted all of the proceeds from Las Cruces Country Club to go to NMSU to fund golf scholarships and junior golf programs,” said Larry Alford, president of the Las Cruces Country Club board of directors. “We have had a great relationship with the management of the NMSU golf course over the years and we appreciate their support. In return, we hope that this foundation will continue to support the golf opportunities at NMSU for a long time to come. “
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The $ 690,000 endowment fund has been in the works at Las Cruces Country Club for the past five to six years and was officially stamped for approval in August 2021. It seeks students working on the NMSU golf course by providing scholarships to students in the PGA golf management, hotel, restaurant, and tourism management, or turf management programs.
“This gift is enormous for our students and will help improve a number of our programs,” said NMSU Chancellor Dan Arvizu. “I would like to especially thank Sen. Joseph Cervantes of New Mexico for making this gift possible. It ensures that the Las Cruces Country Club legacy lives on and benefits future generations. “
“Through this foundation, we will be able to support deserving students in the years to come in a way that recognizes Las Cruces Country Club for its commitment to this community,” said Derek Dictson, president of the NMSU Foundation.
For Sherman, who is a PGA golf management student in the College of Business’s marketing department, the scholarship support would take the stress out of making ends meet while balancing school and career development.
“I don’t have to worry about where the money is coming from next,” said “I can focus on school and that can help me advance my golf career – give more of my heart to what I’m passionate about Golf course and helps people to find their passion. “
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Students from other disciplines who work on the NMSU Golf Course are also entitled to scholarship funding from the new foundation.
“We also employ students from many different areas of campus and those students will have the opportunity to receive a portion of this scholarship,” said Jason White, director of the NMSU Golf Course and PGA member.
Programs on the NMSU Golf Course include the PGA Junior League, PGA HOPE, and summer camps. This funding opens up the opportunity to improve golfers’ development, secure existing programs, and potentially create new programs for the community in the future, White said.
“Whether it’s junior golf, military and veteran programs, diversity inclusion … we really just want to help introduce golf to people who otherwise might not be able to afford to learn the game,” said White.
Another goal of the foundation is to make golf more accessible for newcomers.
“We want to cut those up-front costs, be it for equipment, programming or golf course access,” he said. “You can try it out to see if you like it and then move on.”
Las Cruces Country Club has a rich history in the community and is known as “the friendliest club in town”. It was founded in 1928 and still has a group of members who gather on the NMSU golf course and play the game they love. The club’s legacy continues through this foundation with the hope of inviting more people to become part of the Las Cruces golf community while giving back to future generations.
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“That way, that name and story can be carried on, which I think is really special,” said White. “As a university, we are honored that you would like to give us this gift to help advance your name.”
“If we can bring golf and what we all love to more young people, hopefully they will have the same ambitions to be golfers,” added Alford. “We just want you to remember that it was from Las Cruces Country Club and it is for the improvement of the game of golf, but also for the improvement of the individual.”
Continuing close friendships and inside jokes on the golf course, Alford announced that the Las Cruces Country Club loyalty will remain with the NMSU and will live on through the foundation.
White said the funding will be managed on behalf of the NMSU Golf Course and will be awarded for an amount of $ 30,000 per year.
To learn more about the NMSU golf course, visit https://golf.nmsu.edu.
Tatiana Favela writes for Marketing and Communications for New Mexico State University and can be reached at 575-646-3221 ext. 7953, or by email to [email protected]