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January 21-23, 2005

Hosted by West Texas A&M University & The University of Texas at El Paso

Both Parts I & II to be held on the campus of WTAMU in Canyon, Texas


November 20, 2004


Dear Forensic Friends and Colleagues,


The Forensics Programs of West Texas A&M University and The University of Texas at El Paso are pleased to invite you and your forensic teams to attend THE GREAT HOLE IN THE GROUND SWING, now scheduled for January 21-23, 2005, with both halves of the swing to be held on the WTAMU campus in Canyon, Texas.  This reflects a change in the dates originally posted, which turned out to be in conflict with key events.  Since we are now no longer hosting on Super Bowl weekend, we have a new name, as well!   Canyon is located just minutes south of Amarillo, Texas on I-27 and is situated near spectacular Palo Duro Canyon, reputed to be the second largest canyon in the continental United States.  So come on down and join us in THE GREAT HOLE IN THE GROUND SWING, named in honor of Texas’ answer to the Grand Canyon!


In keeping with the friendly ambiente of the southwest, we will be pleased to provide wellness food to all participants on each of the three days of the tournament.  We intend to show you true Texas hospitality by providing your students with as many meals as possible to help defer some of your squad traveling costs.  We are offering supper on Friday, continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday, and continental breakfast and late lunch on Sunday.  Good Eats!


Competition is offered in both NPDA debate and IE.  In Debate, six preliminary rounds of NPDA debate with appropriate elimination rounds will be offered in Part I of the swing.  In IE, all eleven AFA-NIET individual events will be offered in both Part I and Part II of the swing.  Awards will be given to all elimination round participants in debate and all individual event finalists.  Debate and IE sweepstakes awards will be given to the top 3 schools at each tournament; in addition, the top 3 schools in combined swing sweepstakes will receive trophies. 


We will use The Joy of Tournaments for registration and tabulation.  Register through their website at


We’re fortunate to be able to offer you an outstanding rate of $59.00 for 1-4 in a room at the beautiful Ambassador Hotel, described as “Amarillo’s finest hotel.”  These lodgings are very nice!  Amenities include hotel format with safe, secure indoor corridors, both T.G.I.-Friday’s and The Park Café on property with room service available, and a fitness room, hot tub, and indoor heated pool.  All rooms are equipped with coffee makers, blow dryers, irons and ironing boards.  Chris, the hotel contact person, is extremely helpful, and will block groups together using pre-check in for groups who fax him their rooming list.  The hotel provides airport shuttle service for groups flying into the Amarillo International Airport.


To get this exceptional $59.00 rate, please make your reservations at the Ambassador Hotel before the January 15, 2005 cutoff date.


Remember, reservations can always be cancelled, so don’t delay—make your reservations now!  Please refer to THE Great Hole in the Ground SWING rooming block.  You may use their toll free number, or call directly.  Our on-property hotel contact person is Chris Clark.


Hotel information:

Ambassador Hotel
3100 I-40 West
Amarillo, Texas 79102

(806) 358-6161 Direct
(800) 817-0521 Toll Free Reservations
(806) 358-9869 Fax

See location map at

If you have questions regarding reservations, you may contact Chris Clark by email at

Chris Clark

Other hotel information may be found at:  Or


The Ambassador Hotel is located in Amarillo at I-40 and Georgia Street, Exit 66B, west of the intersection of I-40 and I-27, and is just 20-25 minutes from the WTAMU campus. From the Ambassador Hotel, head south on I-27 to the Canyon exit.  The WTAMU campus is located approximately one mile from the Canyon exit—you can’t miss it.  You will find our tournament staging area, the Classroom Center, located in the middle of campus.   From Friday afternoon on, parking will be readily available in campus parking lots.


We hope our combination of high spirits, good will and West Texas hospitality will make THE GREAT HOLE IN THE GROUND SWING both an educational and enjoyable experience for you and your students.   Please join us in Canyon, Texas to experience not only an exhilarating proximity to Texas’ answer to the Grand Canyon, but also a fun-filled forensics weekend packed with exciting competition and good fellowship.




Connie McKee 

Director of Forensics
West Texas A&M University
Canyon, TX 79016
Office: (806) 651-2415
Home: (806) 358-6367
Fax:(806) 651-2818

Mary Trejo 
Director of Forensics
The University of Texas at El Paso
El Paso, TX 79968-0550
Office: (915) 747-5431
Fax: (915) 747-8634

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