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Money problems cancel event

The Tour's New Mexico Classic, scheduled for Aug. 23-26 at Santa Ana Pueblo's new Twin Warriors Golf Club, has been canceled because of money problems.

"Unfortunately, the slowdown in the economy has hindered our ability to raise the funds necessary to put on an event of this magnitude and make a significant contribution to charity," Bill Archibeck, the tourney's co-chairman, said Wednesday.

The last New Mexico Classic, played in October at Santa Ana Golf Club, was won by Jason Gore. The Santa Ana Golf Club is just south of Twin Warriors.

The Tour is sanctioned by the PGA Tour.

The "PGA Tour made a real effort and tried to help in every way they could to sustain the event, but in the end, we really had no choice but to cancel the event," Archibeck said.

Roger Martinez, director of golf for Twin Warriors, said there were three factors that contributed to the New Mexico Classic's demise.

First was an awkward change in name from the Nike Tour to Tour, he said.

"That presented a challenge we didn't expect," Martinez said. "We had to explain to everybody that it was still the Nike Tour."

Second was the paltry attendance at last year's tourney, which was half that of 1999, he said.

Finally, sponsorship dollars were difficult to obtain, Martinez said.

"I am really disappointed," he said. "I am confident [Twin Warriors] would have been one of the most difficult tests the pros would have faced on the tour."



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