Alcorta Wins Rio Mimbres Men’s Golf Title

Tyler Jackson punches his fist after finishing a strong closing round on Sunday to finish second in the Rio Mimbres Men's Club Championship.

DEMING — Jake Alcorta beat the field of 18 golfers to win the 2022 Rio Mimbres Men’s Golf Association Championship in Deming last weekend. Alcorta is a junior at Silver High School and the Fighting Colts’ top golfer heading into the 2022-23 season. He was a runner-up at the Class 4A state golf championships in May and is expected to be a top contender for next year’s competition.

Alcorta, 16, was consistent on the Rio Mimbres golf course with rounds of 68-69 to score a tournament 137 for the two-day, 26-hole event. The championship flight score was low.

“The championship flights have been split into Groups A and B to allow for more competitive scoring,” said CMRC golf professional James Williams. “The course went well. The extra rains helped and the course was designed to make scoring difficult.

There were a total of 60 golfers competing in four flights on Saturday and Sunday.

“I wanted to play this tournament for a while. My friends here in Deming encouraged me to play, and I’m glad I did,” Alcorta said. The friends he mentioned are members of Deming High’s state championship golf team. The high school rivals are good friends and fierce competitors on the golf course.

DHS will move to Class 4A next season and the “Cats and Colts” are expected to challenge for district and state championships. Nick Williams.

“Everything was fine for me,” Alcorta said of Saturday’s opening round. “The putts were falling, the wedges were good and I just kept the ball in play.” He would end the day with six birdies and a solid 4 under 68.

On Sunday, Alcorta went into survival mode. He continued to putt well and found the fairways straight. “Sunday was for fun,” Alcorta said. “To birdie when I could and to par when I had the chance. My putting was solid this weekend and the course played well. I loved the greens, the fairways were clean and the tee boxes were nice.

Alcorta plans to turn its attention to the Sun Country Junior PGA Championship in August.

Deming’s own Tyler Jackson finished second with his tally of 143 shots (70-73). Aaron “Nemo” Perales and Vari Mariscal are tied for third at 144. Perales checked in with rounds 69-75 and Mariscal carded rounds 71-73.

Derek Almanza won Championship Flight B. His 148 (71-77) beat veteran golfer Jimmy Galindo who shot 70-80 (150). Cooper Jackson placed third with his 158 (77-81).

Each flight played gross and net scores. Zach Jasso was the best of this group with a 157 (79-78). The net winners were Jordan Perales, 142; Jérôme Sandoval, 155 years old; and tied for third were Pancho Almanza and James Enriquez, 156.

Memo Ramirez and Noel Nunez tied for low-yielding honors in the second flight at 163. The top low-yielding golfers were Henry Zavala, 147; and Tommy Maldonado, 149.

Damian Lowell won the third flight title with a 175. Tony Garcia topped the low net with a 157 and there was a tie for the second tie between Tom Long and Fernie Holguin, 158.

Ernie Arrey won the low gross in the fourth flight at 185. Net winners were Joseph Wiseman, 150; Noé Holguín, 156 years old; and David Holguin, 157.

“It was a great turnout for our men’s championship,” Williams told the Headlight. “The association is healthy in numbers and golf has been on the rise since pandemic protocols were relaxed. The course played well and the rains helped.

Williams reminds the public of the 68e The annual Rio Mimbres Invitational Golf Tournament kicks off July 14-17 in Deming.

Bill Armendariz can be reached at 575-494-5059 or [email protected]