Merchandiser of the Year Award by New Mexico’s Sun Country PGA Section
Rockwind Community Links Head Golf Professional
Named Merchandiser of the Year by New Mexico’s Sun Country PGA Section
Hobbs, NM (January 16, 2018) — Linda Howell, the general manager and head golf professional at Rockwind Community Links in Hobbs, New Mexico, was recently named 2017 Merchandiser of the Year (Public Facility) by the Sun Country PGA Section. She accepted the award back in November at The Sun Country PGA Section awards banquet at Tanoan Country Club in Albuquerque.
Linda Howell and Sun Country PGA Section President Pat Gavin
The award is designed to recognize a Sun Country golf professional who has demonstrated superior skills as a merchandiser in the promotion of golf. Candidates are judged in the areas of merchandise performance, details and innovation, displays and merchandising techniques.
Howell joined Rockwind when the new municipal golf course opened in 2015. Prior to this, she was Director of Golf at Towa Golf Club at Buffalo Thunder Resort for more than four years. She also served as Head Professional at Cougar Canyon in Trinidad, Colorado.
In 2016, the Sun Country PGA Section recognized Linda with its “Youth Player Development Award.”
About Rockwind Community Links
Reopened in 2015 after a major renovation by architect Andy Staples, the main course offers five sets of tees with playing lengths ranging from over 7,100 yards to approximately 4,200 yards. The layout has been designed to embrace the flat nature of the southeastern New Mexico landscape, keeping irrigation to a minimum and the turf fast and firm. The design provides challenging features such as large elevated greens, disguised bunkers and interesting ground contours.
Rock walls line fairways and a large interior lake is in play on a few holes that attractively punctuates the course routing. The 9-hole par-3 course called Li’l Rock is meant to complement the dual-ended practice range and short game area. It was built to facilitate walking, families, beginner golfers and kids. The length of shots ranges from a sand wedge to a driver. Rockwind Community Links also is a site for The First Tee of Southeastern New Mexico.
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