Elfego Baca Shootout draws another sports celebrity, has repeat winner

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Kenny Mayne, former football star and now ESPN feature reporter/celebrity, joined six other golfers to scale M Mountain for the 53rd annual Elfego Baca Shootout on Saturday. Mayne brought his team of two cameramen, producer and two spotters along with him.

Dennis Walsh of Socorro was the five-time champion of the tournament with a score of 14. Walsh has won four tournaments in a row. His father-in-law was an 18-year champion of the tournament before him.

Mayne took second place with a score of 19. A first-time participant, he wore a sporting a leg brace, thanks to an old football injury to his ankle from years ago.

Ephraim Ford of Socorro earned the third place award, scoring 20 just behind celebrity guest Mayne. Other participants were Scott Jameson of Socorro, who took fourth place, Michael Hargather in fifth, and Gerald O’Connell of Riley in sixth place.

“This was probably the most challenging exercise of my career,” Mayne said when accepting his award. “I wish the Elfego Baca Shootout much success in the future, but I will not be participating again,” he said with a grin. Mayne graciously donated his second-place prize of $500 to the Socorro Warriors golf team.

Footage of Mayne’s participation in this year’s shootout will appear in the ESPN feature show “Kenny Mayne’s Wider World of Sports.” It is tentatively scheduled to air the end of September/early October on ESPN, ESPN.com and ABC. Meanwhile, photos from the adventure can be viewed at http://www.flickr.com/photos/dgaproductions/sets/72157634050537765/.