Area golfers win at Open

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Professional golfer Scott Lieberwirth, of El Paso, captured his second-straight title at the Socorro Open, which took place June 5-7 at New Mexico Tech Golf Course.

Anthony Welch - El Defensor Chieftain: Ricky Silva, of Socorro, follows through after hitting an approach shot at New Mexico Tech Golf Course during the Socorro Open on June 5. Silva successfully defended his Flight 1 amateur title.

Socorro golfers also held their own at the annual tourney, as Tech Golf Course Assistant Pro Miguel Griego tied for second in the professional division.

Scott Lieberwirth, of El Paso, won the professional division.

Ricky Silva successfully defended his amateur title in Flight 1. Meanwhile, Richard Griego and Roscoe finished third and fourth, respectively.

In amateur Flight 2, Mario Torres took top honors, followed by David Monette, who finished second. Leroy and Sefie Anaya tied for sixth in the flight, followed by Joe Ray Gonzales (seventh), Jordan Lloyd Martinez (eighth) and Scott Jameson (10th).

Mario Torres, of Socorro, won flight 2 amateur title.

Anton Salome finished second behind Santa Fe’s Marty Sanchez in the championship division. Dennis Walsh placed fifth.

Ralph West, of Surprise, Ariz., won the senior pro title.

In the junior flight, Sean Moore was victorious, followed by Will Benson, Ricky Silva Jr. and Isaiah Anaya.

Sean Moore, of Socorro, won the junior flight.

In seniors competition, Ralph West, of Surprise, Ariz., won the senior professionals division. Harold Zuni and Joseph Guy, both of Socorro, tied for second in the senior amateurs flight, followed by Geir Hareland (fifth) and Paul Romero (seventh).

Andrew Kulaga, of Socorro, won the Tech student flight

Marty Sanchez, of Santa Fe, won the championship flight

Andrew Kulaga won the Tech student division, followed by Ben Rosandick, Bubba Anaya and Lane Pablo.

Willie Schaffer won the Elfego Baca Shootout, making it down the mountain in 16 strokes. Walsh still holds the record for the event with his past score of a 13.