1 Elfego Baca Golf Shoot
Golfers tee off from the top of Socorro Peak and aim for the
tournament's one hole, which is 2,550 feet below and four hours
2 Kirtland Central High
The Lady Broncos have won 16 state girls' basketball
championships, the third most in the nation in that sport.
3 Connie Mack World Series
For the past 40 years the best U.S. and Puerto Rican teams in
Mack ball (for 16- to 18-year-olds) have gathered in Farmington
for their annual tournament.
4 Johnny Tapia
The five-time bantamweight and featherweight champion was taught
to box as a child by his grandfather in Albuquerque.
5 Jordan Adams
The former Minnesota Lynx center led New Mexico to its first
Sweet 16, in 2003.
6 Greg Brown
The 5'7" guard from Albuquerque was named the best senior in the
country under 6 feet at New Mexico in 1994.
7 The Intersection
Four Corners could also refer to the intersection of Avenida
Cesar Chavez and University Boulevard in Albuquerque. One corner
has the University of New Mexico's football stadium, another has
the Pit, and a third has the Triple A park. What's on the fourth
8 Notah Begay III
The Albuquerque native has four victories on the PGA Tour.
9 Toby Roybal
Santa Fe High's gym is named for this alumnus--the first
University of New Mexico basketball player to have his number
10 Taos Ski Valley
The resort has a base elevation of 9,207 feet and is one of the
West's top ski destinations.
11 Shovel Racing
The world championships--in which competitors slide down a snowy
hillside at up to 60 mph while sitting on shovels--are held
annually in Angel Fire.
12 Mike Smith
The Hall of Fame jockey and Roswell native won Eclipse Awards as
the nation's top rider in 1993 and '94.
13 Rob Evans
The Arizona State basketball coach is a Hobbs High and New Mexico
14 Steve Jones
The Artesia-born PGA Tour golfer won the 1996 U.S. Open.
15 All American Futurity
The world's richest quarter horse race is held annually at the
16 Las Cruces
The former hangout of Billy the Kid gets 350 sunny days a year
and is the state's SI Sportstown for having the best community
17 Charley Johnson
The former NFL quarterback heads the chemical engineering
department at his alma mater, New Mexico State, in Las Cruces.
18 Rich Beem
The 2002 PGA Championship winner from Las Cruces played at New
Mexico State, where his father, Larry, is the coach.
COLOR MAP: MAP ILLUSTRATION BY JOE ZEFF SANTA FE
COLOR PHOTO: JAKE SCHOELLKOPF (INTERSECTION)