Richard Griego of Socorro won the 64th Annual Truth or Consequences Amateur Open last weekend at the Municipal Golf Course.
Griego fired a net score of 132 (65-67) to win the Open Division first flight (blue and white tees) to succeed 2013 Open champ Nick Silva, also of Socorro. Silva was not on hand to defend his title, reportedly playing at a tourney in Belen during the same time.
Truth or Consequences Muni PGA Pro Howie Tucker said 25 golfers competed in the two-day tourney (Aug. 16-17), with players hailing from Sierra County, Socorro, Alamogordo and Albuquerque.
The nine-hole Muni has been sporting very green, very lush fairways nearly all summer thanks to an active rainy season, but Tucker said a deluge Thursday night had the grounds crews scrambling to repair a trio of culverts overrun by mud and debris and reconfigure the par- 4 No. 3/12 hole where even the best tee shot was susceptible to a hazardous landing.
What makes the Muni one of the most enjoyable golf course around are the dramatic elevation shifts and the west-to-east arroyo hazard that cuts across several fairways running north and south, but it’s also a perennial headache for Tucker and company.
In the second flight, Richie Gutierrez of Socorro prevailed with a net 129 (63-66).
A pair of senior flights completed the field with a pair of local residents prevailing: Bob Lemmer won the first one with a 141 (69-72) and Eddie LeBlanc took honors in the second one with a 143 (68-75).
Flight 1: Richard Griego (132), Shannon Whitehead (135), Gerry Schinagal (142), Tommy Thompson (147), Bobby Middleton (149), Les Dufour (149), Beau Vanranken (153), Brian Jensen (160).
Flight 2: Richie Gutierrez (129), Darin Gutierrez (138), Ron Giron (140), Lloyd Martinez, (145), Bobby Padilla (148), J Mike Kalin (153), Bruce Williams (156).
Senior Flight 1: Bob Lemmer (141), Terry Vandeventer (143), Harvey Ruff (145), James Brewster (147), Dan Danvir (149), Dan Reicks (158).
Senior Flight 2: Eddie LeBlanc (143), Mike Shannon (146), Joe Montoya (150), David Schuler (162).
SPONSORS: Tuck’s Turf thanked tournament sponsors: El Cortez Theater, Elephant Butte Inn & Lounge, Citizens Bank/Charlie Carlson, Kirikos Family Funeral Home, Bartoo Sand & Gravel Inc., Bullocks Grocery, State Farm Insurance/Mike Potia, Amin’s Furniture & Appliance, Guy and Alice Wimberly, Truth or Consequences Ladies Golf Association, Women of the Moose, and Los Arcos Steak & Lobster.