Sun Bowl Officials and football fans gathered at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino for ‘Selection Sunday’ ahead of the annual Hyundai Sun Bowl.
Headlining the 85th Annual game will be Stanford and Pittsburgh, both teams making return visits to El Paso.
“This is another great matchup with two really good football teams,” Executive Director of the Sun Bowl Association Bernie Olivas said. “To have a conference runner-up in our game is always great. We are ecstatic for the teams to arrive and enjoy a fun and exciting week with the Borderland community.”
The 8-4 Cardinal returns to the Sun City, where they hold a 3-1 record in the Sun Bowl, most recently downing North Carolina 25-23 in 2016.
The Pitt Panthers roll into the borderland fresh off the ACC Championship game, with a 7-6 record overall this season. Pitt last played in the Sun Bowl in 2008, losing 3-0 to Oregon.
According to the Pittsburgh Gazette, Pitt and Stanford have met three times before – the most recent game in 1932 – with the Panthers beating Stanford; Pitt leads the all-time series 2-1.
The 2018 Hyundai Sun Bowl is set for Monday, December 31 at Sun Bowl Stadium, with kick-off scheduled for 12 p.m. (MT).
All information for the game can be viewed online. Fans can also call the Sun Bowl Association office (915-533-4416) and are also invited to stop by the Sun Bowl Association office located at 4150 Pinnacle Street, Suite 100 in El Paso to purchase tickets.
Our very own Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta was at the selection, and we bring you his view of the game in the gallery below.
Fans don’t want to miss the opportunity to see future PGA Tour players in action as the 2018 Sun Bowl Marathon All-America Golf Classic is set for November 18-20 at the El Paso County Club.
Current PGA players such as Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Ricky Fowler, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods have hit the links at the El Paso Country Club and this year there are 29 amateurs from around the country invading the Borderland.
“The golf committee continues to work tirelessly to bring some of the best amateur players in the country to El Paso,” said Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas. “This year is no different. We invite everyone to come out and watch the competition and even get autographs and pictures with future pros.”
Participants are from all around the country and the world and have accomplished some amazing achievements on the course. They have achieved All-America status or have a high-amateur ranking.
“Players are invited to this tournament because of their many college achievements and outstanding amateur career and ranking,” said Tournament Director Bob Kimble. “I can assure the fans that many future PGA Tour players will be out on the course during this tournament.”
Doug Ghim of Texas won last year’s All-America Golf Classic carding rounds of 67-64-64.
The Sun Bowl Marathon All-America Golf Classic is one of the premier amateur 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 1974.
Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III, Justin Thomas, 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 52 major championships and have earned over $2 billion in career earnings.
The annual event starts with the Titleist Long Drive Contest and PING Putting Contest on Sunday, November 18 at 9 a.m. (MT). The best opportunity for fans to get photos with the future PGA players and obtain autographs is on Sunday immediately following the two contests.
Rounds one and two are scheduled for Monday, November 19 with a shotgun start scheduled for 8 a.m. (MT) while the final round is set for 8 a.m. (MT) on Tuesday, November 20.
The Lee Trevino Trophy will be presented to the winner immediately following Tuesday’s play.
2018 Sun Bowl Marathon All-America Golf Classic Participants
John Augenstein – Hometown: Owensboro, Ky. – Amateur Status: Jr. at Vanderbilt
- 2018 All-SEC Second Team and 2018 SEC Academic Honor Roll selection
- Named to the GCAA Freshman All-American team and as a GCAA Honorable Mention All-American selection in 2017
- Named SEC Freshman of the Year and to the All-Freshman Team in 2017
- Clinched the SEC Championship in 2017 after winning the deciding matches in the semifinals against Florida and the finals against Texas A&M
- Career round of 63 came in second round of Carmel Cup at Pebble Beach Golf Links in 2017
Quade Cummins – Hometown: Weatherford, Okla. – Amateur Status: Jr. at Oklahoma
- Division I PING All-America honorable mention selection and All-Region pick by the GCAA after the 2017-18 season
- Won the 2016 Oklahoma Amateur Championship
- Finished third at The NCAA Norman Regional shooting his fifth 67 on the season. That was the seventh top 10 finish of his career.
Brad Dalke – Hometown: Norman, Okla. – Amateur Status: Sr. at Oklahoma
- Second-team Division I PING All-American after the 2017-18 season
- Named a 2017 Division I PING All-America honorable mention selection
- Sank championship-clinching putt at the 2017 NCAA Championships
- Earned first collegiate win at the 2017 NCAA Stanford Regional
- Competed in The 2017 Masters and 2017 U.S. Open
- 2017 Division I PING All-America honorable mention selection
- Finished as the runner-up at the 2016 U.S. Amateur
Alex del Rey – Hometown: Madrid, Spain – Amateur Status: Jr. at Arizona State
- Two-time Spanish National Champion (U16/18).
- Posted four top-10 finishes and had a 70.89 stroke average in 12 tournaments and had 12 rounds in the 60s in sophomore season.
- In 2017-18 he earned All-Pac-12 first-team honors after a solid sophomore season and then earned PING All-West Region honors.
- An accomplished junior golfer on the Spanish circuit, he has been a member of the Spanish national team since the age of 14
Chandler Eaton – Hometown: Alpharetta, Ga. – Amateur Status: Jr. at Duke
- Named to PING All-East Team after averaging a 71.70 scoring average over 37 rounds, second best on the team
- T-15 finish at the NCAA National Championship, giving him honorable mention All-America status
- A PING All-East Region selection after the 2016-17 season and was also named to the All-ACC and All-ACC Academic teams that year
- Tied for the team lead in rounds played (39) during the 2016-17 season and also garnered the team’s second-best scoring average with a 71.74 that year
Austin Eckroat – Hometown: Edmond, Okla. – Amateur Status: So. at Oklahoma State
- Received honorable mention All-America recognition from the Golf Coaches Association of America after the 2017-18 season
- Finished at 218 and alone in 19th place at the NCAA Columbus Regional before posting a 1-over 289 total at the NCAA Championship to tie for 19th place. earned a 1-up victory over Alabama’s Davis Shore in the NCAA title match
- Runner-up at the 2018 Pacific Coast Amateur
- Runner-up to teammate Hayden Wood at the 2018 Oklahoma Golf Association State Amateur Championship
Stephen Franken – Hometown: Raleigh, N.C. – Amateur Status: Sr. at NC State
- ACC Player of the Year and ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year
- GCAA and Golfweek Second-Team All-American
- All-ACC, ACC Honor Roll and ACC All-Academic Team
- Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar and PING All-Region East Team selection
- Finished season with stroke average of 70.56 in 36 rounds played … Season stroke average was second lowest in program history
- In 12 tournaments during his junior year, Franken finished in the top-10 eight times, the top-five six times and won once
Will Gordon – Hometown: Davidson, N.C. – Amateur Status: Sr. at Vanderbilt
- 2017-18 Scoring Average: 70.89
- Named GCAA Honorable Mention All-American and a GCAA All-America Scholar
- Won medalist honors at the East Lake Cup in front of a national television audience on the Golf Channel with an even-par 72
- 2018 SEC Academic Honor Roll, 2018 GCAA Honorable Mention All-American and 2018 All-SEC First Team selection
- 2017 Tom Cousins Award, 2017 SEC Academic Honor Roll and 2017 SEC Community Service Team
- 2016 GCAA Freshman All-American, 2016 SEC First Year Academic Honor Roll, 2016 All-SEC Second Team and 2016 SEC All-Freshman Team
Blaine Hale – Hometown: Dallas, Texas – Amateur Status: Sr. at Oklahoma
- 2017-18 stroke average: 71.69
- Division I PING All-America honorable mention selection after the 2017-18 season
- All-Region selection by the GCAA
- Finished fourth at The 2018 NCAA Norman Regional shooting a 54-hole score of 209 (-7)
- Earned wins in the semifinal and final to help OU secure the 2017 NCAA Championship
- Shot career-low 64 at Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational (Oct. 1-3)
- Two top-5 and six top-10 career finishes during his OU career
- 2017 Division I PING All-America honorable mention selection
Harry Hall – Hometown: Hayle, England – Amateur Status: Sr. at UNLV
- Named PING All-West Region after the 2017-18 season
- Selected All-Mountain West for the third straight year
- Named a Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-American Scholar and also Academic All-MW for the third straight year
- Was a member of the international team at the Arnold Palmer Cup
- Finished first in Santa Rosa at the U.S. Amateur Qualifier and also finished first in Las Vegas at the U.S. Open Pre-Qualifier
- Earned Dean’s List honors for both Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 and was named to the Academic All-MW team for the second straight year in 2017. He also earned the league’s Scholar-Athlete Award that year
Philip Knowles – Hometown: Bradenton, Fla. – Amateur Status: Sr. at North Florida
- PING All-American, honorable mention in 2018 and the North Florida Male Athlete of the Year during the same year
- PING All-Southeast Region and All-ASUN First Team in 2017 and 2018
- ASUN All-Freshman team in 2016
- ASUN All-Academic in 2018 and ASUN Academic Honor Roll for three consecutive years (2017-18 | 2016-17 | 2015-16)
Walker Lee – Hometown: Houston, Texas – Amateur Status: So. at Texas A&M
- 2017-18 stroke average: 73.03
- Tied atop the player leaderboard at the Aggie Invitational (211,-5) to earn his first career victory and was named SEC Freshman of the Week following his win at the Aggie Invite
- Finished tied for 32nd at the NCAA Bryan Regional and posted a tie for 41st at the NCAA Championship to help that Aggies advance to match play
- Before arriving at Texas A&M, Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings regarded Lee as the No. 2 player in the state of Texas as well as the No. 18 player nationally
Joshua Martin – Hometown: Pinehurst, N.C. – Amateur Status: Sr. at North Carolina
- Has played in 18 tournaments with a stroke average of 73.55 over 51 rounds during his time at North Carolina
- Semifinalist at the 2016 North Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship (was No. 1 seed after two rounds of stroke play)
- The No. 1 ranked player in the state of North Carolina and No. 14 in the nation by Golfweek in 2015
- AJGA Rolex All-America selection in 2010 and 2012 • The 2014 North Carolina Junior Player of the Year by the Tar Heel Youth Golf Association and the Carolinas Golf Association
- Won the 2014 North Carolina Amateur with rounds of 67-65-71-67 becoming the youngest champion in event’s history
Patrick Martin – Hometown: Birmingham, Ala. – Amateur Status: Sr. at Vanderbilt
- Averaged 71.37 strokes per round as a junior
- 2018 GCAA Honorable Mention All-American, GCAA All-America Scholar and 2018 All-SEC Second Team
- 2017 Nicklaus Award Finalist, 2017 GCAA First Team All-American, 2017 SEC Academic Honor Roll and 2017 All-SEC First Team
- • 2016 All-SEC Second Team, 2016 Tom Cousins Award Winner, SEC First Year Academic Honor Roll and 2016 SEC All-Freshman Team
- Led Vanderbilt with 70.34 stroke average in 2016-17, the second-lowest in program history.
- Finished runner-up at the SEC Championship after posting a 10-under par, 200, a Vanderbilt record at the event.
- Won the Schenkel Invitational in 2017 for his first collegiate individual title
Garrett May – Hometown: Hope, Ark. – Amateur Status: Jr. at Baylor
- 2016-17 stroke average: 71.24
- Earned 2018 Golfweek All-America third team honors and honorable mention All-America from GCAA
- Two-time PING All-Central Region selection (2017, 2018)
- Two-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree, picking up second team honors in 2017 and first team recognition in 2018
- Earned 2018 GCAA All-America Scholar recognition and five-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll selection.
Bryson Nimmer – Hometown: Bluffton, S.C. – Amateur Status: Sr. at Clemson
- Three-time first-team All-ACC selection and two-time All-ACC Academic team
- Three-time All-District by Coaches Association and honorable mention All-American by Coaches Association as a sophomore and second-team All-American as a junior
- Ranks third in Clemson history in career stroke average with a 71,58 figure (min of 50 rounds
- Has three top eight finishes at the ACC Tournament… won ACC Rookie-of-the-Year honors in 2015-16, he was just the third Clemson player to win the award
Mason Overstreet – Hometown: Kingfisher, Okla. – Amateur Status: Jr. at Arkansas
- 2017-18 Stroke Average: 71.52
- PING All-Region Team and SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll
- Earned his first collegiate win as he was co-medalist at the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate with rounds of 65-65-70 for a career-best 10-under par 200
- Reached the round of 16 at the 2018 U.S. Amateur
- As a freshman was the NCAA Championship runner-up and a PING All-America honorable mention
Turk Pettit – Hometown: Auburn, Ala. – Amateur Status: So. at Clemson
- 2017-18 Scoring Average: 70.97
- First-team All-ACC as a true freshman and was an honorable mention All-American
- Finished the 2017-18 season ranked No. 35 in the nation by Golfweek and 65 by Golfstat in the final rankings
- Had second round 65 at NCAA Regional to tie Clemson record for low score at any NCAA Tournament in history
- Two-time State Champion in Alabama, also won Alabama Amateur in 2016 and finished runner-up in 2017
Peng Pichaikool – Hometown: Bangkok, Thailand – Amateur Status: Jr. at Mississippi State
- 2017-18 Scoring Average: 71.75
- Placed in the Top 5 twice and in the top 10 three times
- In December of 2017, he shot 9-under at the Boonchu Ruangkit Championship, an Asian Development Tour (pro) event in Thailand, to a tie for 12th, the best finish by an amateur
- In January 2018, he competed against some of the best collegiate talent at the Jones Cup, where he placed fifth
- Tied for 30th and took a share of the best amateur finish at another Asian Tour event, the Thailand Open, in June.
- He was named to the SEC All-Freshmen team after the 2016-17 season and named to the GCAA Ping All-Region Team that year
Spencer Ralston – Hometown: Gainesville, Ga. – Amateur Status: Jr. at Ga.
- 2017-18 Scoring Average: 70.86
- Chosen as an Honorable Mention All-American by PING and the GCAA
- Named Second-Team All-SEC by the league’s coaches
- Named to the PING All-Southeast Region Team by the Golf Coaches Association of America
- Named to the SEC’s All-Freshman Team after the 2016-17 season
- Won the Tommy Aaron Award as Gainesville’s Player of the Year four times, was named All-State four times and named 5A Player of the Year three times
Matthias Schmid – Hometown: Maxhvette, Germany – Amateur Status: Fr. at Louisville
- 2016-17 Stroke Average: 71.72
- Selected as a PING all-region honoree
- Became a member of the Germany junior team with a second-place finish at the Belgium U18 and a win at the Evolve
- Won the Bavarian champion in 2017, shooting a career-low 199 and 17-under par
Alex Smalley – Hometown: Wake Forest, N.C. – Amateur Status: Sr. at Duke
- 2017-18 Stroke Average: 70.78 (program record)
- 2017-18 PING All-East team and All-ACC honors
- Set program records in the categories of most birdies made in a season (152) and rounds at par or better (25)
- 2016-17 All-ACC Team
- 2016-17 All-ACC Academic Team
- 2016-17 Division I Ping All-Region Team (East)
- Finished 2016-17 season with best stroke average on team
- Finished 2016-17 season with lowest round of 54 on team
- Won the individual medal at the 2016 U.S. Amateur at Oakland Hills Country Club
Brandon Smith – Hometown: Frisco, Texas – Amateur Status: Jr. at Texas A&M
- 2017-18 Stroke Average: 71.84
- PING All-America honorable mention selection
- Was in the hunt for medalist honors throughout the NCAA Bryan Regional (206, -10) before ultimately finishing in a tie for second, one stroke of the lead
- Stood out as the highest-placing Aggie during stroke play at the NCAA Championship (287, -1) where he finished tied for 11th to help A&M advance to match play
- Qualified for the Texas Amateur Championship for four consecutive years before arriving at Texas A&M
Austin Squires – Hometown: Union, Ky. – Amateur Status: Sr. at Cincinnati
- 2017-18 Stroke Average: 71.91
- 2017 American Athletic Conference Player of the Year
- 2017 & 2018 AAC First Team Honoree
- 2017 NCAA Tournament Regional Individual Participant
- 2017 & 2018 U.S. Amateur Qualifier, advancing to the quarterfinals in 2018
- 2018 Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-American Scholar
- Qualified for the U.S. Amateur in Pebble Beach, California, advancing to the quarterfinals of match play, the deepest run by a Bearcat in the nation’s top amateur tournament in school history
Jackson Suber – Hometown: Tampa, Fla. – Amateur Status: Fr. at Ole Miss
- High School Stroke Average: 71.0
- Two-time State individual runner-up
- In 2016, was named Tampa Bay Hillsborough Player of the Year, Spectrum Sports Player of the Year, and H.B. Plant’s Player of the Year
- Had a third-place finish in the Florida Amateur, a top-20 in the USJR Championship and Florida Boys Jr. Amateur
- Named to 2018 Wyndham Cup Team
Travis Trace – Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla. – Amateur Status: Sr. at North Florida
- 2017-18 Stroke Average: 72.66
- 2018 PING All-American, honorable mention and PING All-Southeast Region, 2nd team
- 2018 All-ASUN, 2nd tea
- 2017 ASUN All-Tournament and 2017-18 ASUN Academic Honor Roll (2017-18)
- Became first UNF player to qualify for NCAA DI Championship as an individual in May of 2018
Thomas Walsh – Hometown: High Point, N.C. – Amateur Status: Sr. at Virginia
- 2017-18 Stroke Average: 70.71
- PING third team All-America
- Finished the 2017-18 season 39th in final Golfstat ranking and No. 65 by Golfweek
- 2018 ACC individual champion
- Was 12th at the 2018 NCAA Regional
- Named an honorable mention All-American by PING/GCAA after the 2016-17 season
Hayden Wood – Hometown: Edmond, Okla. – Amateur Status: Sr. at Oklahoma State
- Was named a first-team Academic All-Big 12 pick
- Tied for 23rd place at the NCAA Championship
- Earned medalist honors at the 2017 U.S. Amateur
- Earned honorable mention Rolex All-America honors in 2012
- Helped Edmond North to four consecutive Oklahoma Class 6A state titles
Chun An Yu – Hometown: Taoyuan, Taiwan – Amateur Status: Jr. at Arizona State
- 2017-18 Stroke Average: 71.61
- Won the 98th annual Western Junior title in the summer of 2015 as he rallied late and won in a sudden-death playoff and joined the likes of Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan and Jim Furyk on the Milt Woodard Champions Trophy.
- Won the 2015 Junior Players Championship with a 5-under 67 and won the tournament by one stroke after trailing by six.
- Finished second at the 2014 Callaway Junior Championship and finished third at the 2014 Asia games
With the 82nd Annual Sun Bowl Parade only a couple months away, float building is underway and local volunteers are sharing their experiences.
In a video produced by the Sun Bowl Association, volunteers talk about why they continue to dedicate their free time to build floats.
Sun Bowl Parade officials say their event is “the largest community event in the west Texas, New Mexico and Mexico area, it brings together service clubs and civic organizations as well as all sectors of business and industries within the community.”
“The holiday pageant is planned, coordinated and produced by volunteer efforts and draws an annual crowd of over 250,000 spectators,” officials add.
Back in 1935 the El Paso Downtown Lions Club first organized the parade, which was held on New Year’s Day from 1936 until 1978, when the event was rescheduled for Thanksgiving Day.
The parade, sponsored by FirstLight Federal Credit Union, is scheduled for Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 22, 2018 with a start-time of 10 a.m. (MT).
The parade runs down Montana Ave from Ochoa Street and ends at Copia Street.
For more information on the parade go to the Sun Bowl Association website.
The Sun Bowl Association, along with the College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation, are partnering to present the ‘Extra Yard for Teachers Week’ and are honoring two area Teachers of the Year.
“We believe we have some amazing and most caring teachers here in El Paso,” said Executive Director Bernie Olivas. “We wanted to make sure we took this opportunity to say, ‘thank you’ to all our teachers and honor a couple of individuals who deserve recognition.”
Anna Peden, of the Clint Independence School District, and Eduardo Hinojos, of Socorro Independence School District, will be recognized on December 31, 2018 during the 85th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl Game.
Ms. Peden has been an educator for 29 years and currently teaches fifth grade at Desert Hills Elementary school in the Clint ISD. Mr. Hinojos has been a teacher for ten years, teaching Government and Political Science at Americas High School in the Socorro ISD.
While Peden and Hinojos were presented with a certificate, t-shirt, gift card, and two tickets to the Hyundai Sun Bowl football game to honor and thank them for all that they do as educators, the Hyundai Sun Bowl will also recognize all teachers in attendance at the game.
‘Extra Yard for Teachers Week’ is set for September 15-22. This is the Sun Bowl Association’s first year partnering with the CFP Foundation.
The CFP Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to using the platform of college football to spread positive messages and promote a culture of giving. ‘Extra Yard for Teachers Week’ is a CFP event that helps recognize, support, and celebrate all the amazing educators in our nation.
For more information, visit the Extra Yard for Teachers Week website.
Officials with the 85th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl announced on Wednesday that tickets are on sale now for the Southwest’s most iconic bowl game.
The 2018 Hyundai Sun Bowl will kick off at 12 p.m. (MT) Monday, December 31, 2018 and will feature teams from the ACC and Pac-12 conferences.
“I am continually amazed that our local fans are so loyal to this longtime tradition and to see how excited they are every year to return to the Sun Bowl for great football games,” said Hyundai Sun Bowl Executive Director Bernie Olivas.
“Our game is an El Paso tradition and the prices for tickets are very affordable, especially when one compares it to other forms of entertainment.”
Tickets for the game can be purchased online or by calling the Sun Bowl Association office at 915-533-4416. Fans are also invited to stop by the Sun Bowl Association office in El Paso at 4150 Pinnacle Street, Suite 100 to purchase tickets. Fans have already begun purchasing tickets and renewing their ticket plans.
Fans can help send others to the game through our “Salute a Soldier Program” and “Take a Child to the Game Program.”
“As a non-profit organization we are always looking for ways to have others join us in giving back to the community,” Olivas said. “Our ‘Salute a Soldier Program’ and ‘Take a Child to the Game Program’ are two great ways to show love to the community we live in. The Fort Bliss soldiers who have received tickets in the past have been ecstatic and it’s always great to give tickets to children, especially as a Christmas gift.”
The “Salute a Soldier Program” allows fans and companies the opportunity to give a Fort Bliss soldier a memory to last a lifetime. As a sponsor, you will give the soldier an opportunity to attend the game while your company is recognized during 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 affords local children the opportunity to attend the Hyundai Sun Bowl. With the game falling only four days after Christmas, this would make an excellent Christmas gift. The goal is to send 3,000 children to the game and give them an experience they will never forget.
Along with the goodwill that comes with sending a child to the game, any person or company taking part in this program will receive recognition at the game. The Sun Bowl Association is happy to provide a list of youth organizations that your company may choose from, if you do not already have a connection with one in the community. Contact the Sun Bowl Association ticket or marketing offices for details on the two programs.
This year’s game marks the 51st consecutive year the Sun Bowl has been broadcast by CBS, which makes it the second longest program on the same network on all of television only behind the Master’s Golf Tournament.
The Hyundai Sun Bowl also works with Ticketmaster, call the Ticketmaster toll free line at 800-745-3000 or download the Ticketmaster mobile app for both iOS and Android to purchase tickets. Tickets purchased through Ticketmaster will have additional handling and convenience fees.
The Sun Bowl Association is teaming up with the YMCA of El Paso to give football fans around the country another chance to win a $1,500 Sun Bowl Game Package for the Hyundai Sun Bowl by participating in the YMCA of El Paso Hyundai Sun Bowl Challenge.
“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.”
The contest starts this week as the 2018 college football season is now underway. Each week contestants will attempt to predict the winners of 10 predetermined Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and Pac-12 games, the Hyundai Sun Bowl conference affiliates.
The first game for contestants to predict is set for Friday, August 31.
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 continue to have a great time with this promotion and we want to continue to make the college football experience a fun and exciting one so once again we are teaming up with the YMCA of El Paso,” said Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas.
“We would like to thank Bill Coon and the YMCA of El Paso for the continued support, and hope the contest makes the college football season more exciting for everyone that participates.”
The 13 weekly winners will win two 2018 Hyundai Sun Bowl tickets along with one month free adult membership to the YMCA of El Paso. Weekly winners 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 correctly chosen conference title games will receive two Captain’s Club level tickets to the 2018 Hyundai Sun Bowl, two VIP Pre-game tent party tickets, one parking pass and one-year family membership to the YMCA of El Paso.
Week One Games:
Colorado vs. Colorado State
Friday, August 31 at 7:30 PM (MT)
Washington State vs. Wyoming
Saturday, September 1 at 1:30 PM (MT)
No. 6 Washington vs. No. 9 Auburn
Saturday, September 1 at 1:30 PM (MT)
UNLV vs. No. 15 USC
Saturday, September 1 at 2:00 PM (MT)
North Carolina vs. California
Saturday, September 1 at 2:00 PM (MT)
No. 14 Michigan vs. No. 12 Notre Dame
Saturday, September 1 at 5:30 PM (MT)
Louisville vs. No. 1 Alabama
Saturday, September 1 at 6:00 PM (MT) –
BYU vs. Arizona
Saturday, September 1 at 8:45 PM (MT)
No. 8 Miami vs. No. 25 LSU
Sunday, September 2 at 5:30 PM (MT)
No. 20 Virginia Tech vs. No. 19 Florida State
Monday, September 3 at 6:00 PM (MT)
The Sun Bowl Association and Executive Director Bernie Olivas announced on Wednesday, May 23 that the 85th edition of the Hyundai Sun Bowl will be played on Monday, Dec. 31, 2018 in Sun Bowl Stadium with kick-off set for 12 p.m. (MT).
The game, featuring a team from the ACC or Norte Dame taking on a team from of the Pac-12, will air on CBS for the 51st consecutive year.
“We are happy to announce that we are returning to our traditional New Year’s Eve slot,” Olivas said. “Many of our local fans had expressed to us that the New Year’s Eve date had become a family tradition and we are excited to have the game back on that day.”
Since the first Sun Bowl played on January 1, 1935, as a fundraising event for a local service club, the game has grown into El Paso’s number one national attraction. With its picturesque stadium nestled between two mountains it has become a staple to the Southwest.
Ara Parseghian played here, as well as Merlin Olsen. Through the years, the Sun Bowl has hosted some of the greats of the game – Tony Dorsett, Barry Sanders, Don Maynard, James Lofton, Carson Palmer, LaDainian Tomlinson and more recently Jonathan Stewart, Toby Gerhart, Mitch Trubisky, Solomon Thomas and Joey Harrington.
The 2017 Hyundai Sun Bowl consisted of No. 24 North Carolina State racking up 52 points to defeat Arizona State, 52-31, in front of 39,897 fans on beautiful Friday afternoon. The Wolfpack’s 52 points is the second-most scored by a team in the Sun Bowl’s prestigious history, trailing only the 56 scored by Oregon in 2007. The 83 combined points is also second-most in Sun Bowl history. UCLA and Northwestern combined to score 88 points in 2006.
Parking, RV parking and party passes are available for purchase at the Sun Bowl Association office. For questions concerning ADA ticket purchases and parking, please call the Sun Bowl Association office.
For ticket information about the 2018 Hyundai Sun Bowl go online or call the Hyundai Sun Bowl Ticket Manager at 915-533-4416.
$22 – End Zone
$22 – Touchdown (upper corners of stadium)
$32 – Sun Seats
$47 – Stadium
$57 – Preferred
$62 – Premium
$652 – Captain’s Club
The Sun Bowl Association and Executive Director Bernie Olivas announced Scott Mann is its 85th President for the 2018-19 year this weekend.
As president, Mann will be the spokesman for the Board of Directors and Board of Advisors, as well as the general supervisor of the various association committees and activities.
“Mann’s vast experience and love for the El Paso community is a huge benefit for the Sun Bowl Association,” Olivas said. “His knowledge of the Sun Bowl Association makes him a great fit to lead our Board. We are all looking forward to another great year with Scott at the helm.”
Mr. Mann is an attorney and partner in long-time El Paso law firm, Kemp Smith’s Trial Department. He is also a member of the firm’s Management Committee. The primary focus of his law practice is the defense of healthcare providers in the state and federal courts of Texas and New Mexico, as well as before licensing boards in both states.
Mann will oversee the Association’s continued commitment to El Paso through various events, including the 85th Hyundai Sun Bowl on December 31, 2018. The Sun Bowl Association puts on a variety of other community events, including the Academy Sports + Outdoors Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament, the Sun Bowl Andeavor All-America Golf Classic, the FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade and the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational.
Over the years, Mr. Mann has participated in a variety of capacities with the Association. He was a member of the basketball committee in 2008 and was part of the golf committee from 2008-2012 and again in 2014.
Mann joined the Board of Directors in 2009 and has been the Association’s Vice President of Legal Affairs since 2012.
Scott Mann is married to Tekla and together they have three children; Reese, Caroline and Walt.
Joining the 85th president of the association on the Board of Directors are Stuart Sliva (President-Elect), Natalia Flores (Executive Vice President), Bill Coon (Immediate Past President), Jimmy Rogers, Jr. (Chair Emeritus), Tamara Gladkowski (Secretary), John Aranda (Treasurer), Bryan Crowe (VP Community Relations), Robert Dunlop (VP Marketing), Scott Mann (VP Legal Affairs), Wayne Thornton (VP Public Relations), Michael Guerra (VP Volunteers), Barry Kobren (Basketball Chairman), Asher Feinberg (CBS Host Chairman), Linda Smith (Coronation Chair), John Folmer (Football Chairman), Mark Pelletier (Golf Chairman), Jim Lawrence (Parade Chairman), Art Muñoz (VP Special Events), Allen Rystad (Provisions Chairman), Richard Dayoub (Board Member)Ernest Eisenberg (Board Member), Travis Hughes (Board Member), Michelle Kaip (Board Member), Richard Limas (Board Member), Victor Rueda (Board Member), Victor Salazar (Board Member), James O. Stewart III (Board Member) and Tony Valtier (Board Member).
The 2018 Sun Bowl Association Board of Advisors is made up of past presidents Amen Ayoub, Steve Beltran, Walker Crowson, Linda East, Chris Mott, Marilyn Munden, Mike Rogers, Joe Valenzuela, along with members Joana Alferez, Ruben Batista, Gil Blancas, Joseph Bocanegra, Cassandra Davisson, Celia Dubrule, David Forti, Greg Groves, Frank Hernandez, Brian Kennedy, Tommy Lewis, David Lindhuber, Leila Melendez, Andre Miranda, David Morales, Cindy Ramos Davidson, Terri Rangel, Jim Senter, Jeff Stevens, Eric Swanson, Brad Taylor, Brooke Underwood, Pat Valdez-Rios, Mario Vega and Rebekah Wierson.
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Not one, not two, but three rushing touchdowns for North Carolina State’s running back Nyheim Hines in the first half proved to be the difference for the Wolfpack as they defeated Arizona State 52-31 in the 84th Hyundai Sun Bowl.
The Wolfpack controlled the game from the start, forcing a fumble on the second play from scrimmage and turnovers proved to be costly for the Sun Devils as quarterback Manny Wilkins was intercepted three times to swing momentum back to the Wolfpack just when it seemed they were creeping back into the contest.
Hines’ three scores earned him game MVP honors accounting for half of the the rushing touchdowns for the Wolfpack on the day setting a new Sun Bowl record of six.
“This is all due to the offensive line, they did a great job blocking, we’ve had two thousand-yard rushers the past two years so this is a testament to all the offensive linemen,” Hines said. “It’s an honor (to win MVP) it’s really humbling, I didn’t think things like this were possible when I was younger.”
The Sun Devils looked to be gaining momentum after trailing 21-3 late in the second quarter, cutting the Wolfpack lead 21-10, but a failed onside kick gave the ball back to NC State with just over two minutes on the clock.
The Wolfpack took advantage as quarterback Ryan Finley hit Jakobi Meyers on a flat route who then broke a tackle for a 25-yard touchdown to take a 28-10 lead with one minute left in the half.
A muffed punt by Hines in the third quarter gave ASU life who trailed by 21 at that point. The Sun Devils gave it right back after quarterback, Manny Wilkins threw the ball into double coverage to be intercepted by Jarius Morehead for a touch back ending any momentum for ASU.
“I don’t think we turned the ball over four times in one game all year, I don’t think we turned it over twice in one game and that was the difference in the game,” ASU head coach, Todd Graham said. “We have to give them a lot of credit, they’re a very good football team. They came out and we just couldn’t stop them, I don’t think they punted the ball at all in the first half. You have to play better defense than that to have a chance.”
Graham, was fired hours after defeating in-state rival, Arizona, to become bowl eligible and was still tasked to coach the Sun Devils in the Sun Bowl.
Former NFL head coach and ESPN commentator, Herm Edwards, is replacing Graham as their head man.
“It’s very uncomfortable and it’s hard not to have emotion,” Graham said. “I’m going to coach until they throw dirt on my head, I’m going to be a football coach. This has been, for my wife and I, a once in a lifetime opportunity. It’s great for them to be here, my son Michael was with us, there was a lot of tears but really no sadness, I’ve go a full heart.”
The Wolfpack controlled nearly every facet of the game, from their record-setting six rushing touchdowns, forcing four turnovers and time of possession, holding the ball for just over 32 minutes.
“We were dominating the line of scrimmage, running the ball, catching it, throwing it,” NC State head coach, Dave Doeren , said. “I just think we got hot and finished drives, guys really started fast, got a takeaway and did some really good things.”
Doeren congratulated players and coaches on the field after the game, but suddenly stopped to dance with his wife.
Despite the comeback attempts, the Wolfpack kept countering with scores of their own and applying pressure to Wilkins all game long as linebacker, Airius Moore, intercepted Wilkins with just under one minute left to play to seal the win for the Wolfpack.
“We showed that we’re a great defense, (Bradley) Chubb is a great player, but the guys that filled his spot stepped up so that’s big for us it just shows that we’re a complete team,” Moore said. “It felt good (getting the interception), I’m a senior, I wish I didn’t take that knee but that’s just how it happened.”
Chubb elected to not play in the bowl game as he prepares for the NFL and is projected to be a top 10 draft pick.
“This team is a great team with or without me, I knew that from the get go…this team didn’t need me to play, they have so many great players,” Chubb said. “That’s why I didn’t come out and say it publicly that I wasn’t playing, because I didn’t want the focus to be on me. This is a great team that got us to the Sun Bowl and I’m happy for them.”
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Under skies that CBS Sports called ‘Chamber of Commerce-Perfect Weather,’ the Arizona State Sun Devils and the North Carolina State Wolfpack took to the field in the 84th Annual Sun Bowl.
It was also the 50th consecutive year the bowl game as been carried by CBS Sports. In the end, the Wolfpack downed the Sun Devils 52 to 31.
Our very own Chief Photographer Andres Acosta was there and brings you his view of the game in this ‘Story in Many Pics.’
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On a beautiful Friday afternoon in front of 39,897 fans, the 84th annual Hyundai Sun Bowl took place between the North Carolina State Wolfpack and the Arizona State Sun Devils.
As it turned out, the Sun Devils were no match for the Wolfpack as NC State easily won the game by a score of 52-31
Once again the Hyundai Sun Bowl proved that it is the signature sporting event for the city of El Paso. This is the one event that truly showcases the greatness of El Paso. It starts as soon as the teams arrive in the city and it continues up to the kickoff of the game. And for the fans visiting the city to support their teams, they are treated to a number of great events from the Fan Fiesta that features the battle of the bands to the free tailgate party on top of south parking garage on game day.
Speaking of the visiting fans, they really had a good time here in the Sun City. Whether it was seeing some of the historic sites in town or eating some great authentic Mexican food, everyone seemed to enjoy it. One fan told me the game was “the icing on the cake.”
And that’s what the Sun Bowl feels like…a big party. And that’s what it should be. This should be the one event of the year that El Pasoans let their hair down and go have a good time at a football game because we all know that they’re not getting that at a UTEP game.
This is what a big time college football game feels like.
As I was walking the sidelines I couldn’t help but notice how the fans were into the game. They were cheering or yelling on almost every play.
Yes, the game itself might have not been competitive but at least both teams scored some
points. I think you’d agree with me that I’d rather see a high scoring game than a low scoring defense game. Let’s leave the low scoring games for the college playoffs. People come to bowl games to see points being scored, and that’s what they got today.
As for the game, the Wolfpack dominated most of the game, even though the Sun Devils tried to make a comeback in the 4th quarter but in reality this game was over by halftime as the Wolfpack was up 28-10. The NC State offense was too much for ASU to handle as they rushed for 177 yards, passed for over 300 yards and had almost 500 yards of total offense. ASU had 469 yards of total offensive themselves but most of those yards came well after the game was already out of hand.
I’m sure some ASU fans left sad because of the final score, but I’m pretty sure that overall they’re happy with their experience here in El Paso. As for the NC State fans, I’m sure they’re gonna continue to celebrate all the way back home.
Let’s talk about the weather, It’s called the Sun Bowl for a reason folks, And today’s game was a great representation of that as the high was 70 degrees with no clouds in sight; not only is the weather great, but it also looks great on TV. It is no wonder CBS has televised the game nationally for over 50 years now.
I will always say that the Sun Bowl is one of the most beautiful stadiums in the world. I don’t know of that many stadiums that are in the middle of a mountain and that makes the Sun Bowl as unique as El Paso is, and today they both shined bright.
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Members of the Wolfpack and the Sun Devils again took a time out from practicing on Wednesday and visited Fort Bliss.
Players met with soldiers and received a first-hand look at the weapons and the environment that the troops operate in every day.
Our very own Andres Acosta was there and brings you his view of the visit in this ‘Story in Many Pics.’