Silva snaps Sanchez’s 2-year reign

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By Mike Cote

About a month before playing in his first Atomic City Invitational, Nick Silva spotted a man who looked vaguely like someone he knew in high school.

Then, when he saw the left-handed swing, he was sure.

Silva and longtime Los Alamos golfer Eddie Sanchez, the lefty, reacquainted after more than 40 years in Ruidoso. Sanchez told Silva about the ACI tournament and Silva decided to take part.

Good choice for Silva. Not as good for Sanchez.

Silva, a retired veteran from Socorro, won the senior men’s championship flight at this year’s ACI. Silva went 3-0 in his match-play contests, including topping Sanchez in day three of the four-day event to earn the ACI title in his first try.

The win broke Sanchez’s streak of two-straight ACI wins. His loss to Silva Thursday was the first match he’d lost since joining the senior ACI circuit in 2007.

On his way to victory, Silva was under par against both Sanchez and Fred Robinson, closing out both matches quickly.

“I played really well,” Silva said. “I played the course really well, hit the ball well. My opponents just happened to catch me on a good day.”

After topping Dale Mildbrandt in his opening round Thursday, Silva drew Sanchez for a Friday morning contest.

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