Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed money the city of
Roswell sought for a statue of Hall of
Fame golfer Nancy Lopez and her father, who taught her the sport in the
community. New Mexico
The $150,000 for a bronze statue was among $4 million
week in a measure financing capital improvements statewide. Martinez
Roswell Mayor Del Jurney said the statue was to be placed at a municipal course recently renamed in honor of Lopez, who won 48 LPGA Tour events.
A spokesman for the governor said Lopez's life story is inspirational but a primary purpose of state capital improvement financing is for critical infrastructure investments.