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History

Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe was given its name in memory of Marty Sanchez, for his love of the game and his devotion to the City of Santa Fe. Marty Sanchez was born on November 16, 1966 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He attended St. Anne's Catholic School from first through eighth grade. During these years, his love for outdoors sports was apparent in the many hours he spent playing golf at the Santa Fe Country Club. He also achieved in football and basketball, winning 2nd place in the Punt Pass and Kick competition and was awarded most valuable player for basketball at St. Anne's School.

During the summers he played in the Sun Country PGA Junior Championship Tournaments throughout the state. At the age of eight he won first place in the Pee-Wee Division of the Sun Country PGA Championship Tournament played at the Santa Fe Country Club.

Marty went on to Santa Fe High School where he was a member of the SFHS Golf Team and won many tournaments played throughout the state.

Marty graduated from Santa Fe High School at the age of 17 in 1984, and was awarded a golf scholarship to New Mexico Junior College, where he played collegiate golf and won All-Conference honors. Two years later, he was awarded another golf scholarship to Western New Mexico University. There he won All-District and All-Conference honors. His goal was to become a professional golfer.

For two consecutive years, in the summers of 1987 and 1988, Marty won the Santa Fe City Golf Championship Tournament.

Marty had a keen interest for learning all about maintaining the greens and fairways. He worked with the Greenskeeper at the Santa Fe Country Club, where he took great pride in his job of maintaining the greens and fairways of the Santa Fe Country Cub.

Marty's plan was to return to school and pursue his dream of becoming a professional golfer, when in the fall of 1991, he was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor found surrounding his vital organs. Following three months of intensive chemotherapy treatment, Marty succumbed to cancer on March 13, 1992.

 

Awards and Recognitions

Winner, Championship Flight, Santa Fe City Golf Championship

Champion Low Gross, 14th Annual Piedras Golf Tournament, Las Vegas, New Mexico

Winner, Championship Flight, Santa Fe City Golf Championship

All Conference Team, All District 7 NAIA, New Mexico Western University-Golf Scholarship

Hole-in-One, 17th Hole, Hobbs Country Club

Second Place, Santa Fe City Golf Championship

All Conference Team, New Mexico Junior College - Golf Scholarship

Medallist, Los Alamos Invitational

4th Place, New Mexico State Class AAAA High School Invitational Golf Meet

Medallist, Class AAAA High School Carl Seery Invitational Golf Tournament

Winner, Age 16-17 Division, Sun Country Section PGA of America Junior Tournament, Santa Fe Country Club

Winner, Age 16-17 Division, Sun Country Section PGA, Ladera Golf Course

Winner, Age 16-17 Division, Sun Country PGA Junior Championship

Winner, Age 14-15 Division, Sun Country Junior Tournament, Santa Fe Country Club

Winner, Age 14-15 Division, Sun Country Junior Tournament, Tijeras Arroyo Golf Course

First Place, 'B' Division, Ascarate Junior Tournament, El Paso, Texas

Winner, Age 13 and Under Division, New Mexico Highlands University Golf Course

Winner, Age 12-13 Division, Sun Country Junior PGA Tournament, Ladera Golf Course

Winner, Age 12-13 Division, Sun Country Junior PGA Tournament, Four Hills Country Club

Winner, Age 12-13 Division, Sun Country Junior PGA Tournament, Los Altos Golf Course

Winner, Age 12-13 Division, Sun Country Junior PGA Tournament, Los Alamos Golf Course

Third Place, Age 12-13 Division, Sun Country Junior PGA

First Place, Pee-Wee Division, Sun Country Junior Championship Tournament, Santa Fe Country Club

Individual Qualification for San Diego Junior World PGA Championship

Runner Up, Pee-Wee Division, Sun Country Junior Championship Tournament

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