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ACI Update: Sanchez, Jones to meet in men's final

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By Mike Cote

NOTE: Due to early deadlines owing to the July 4 holiday, coverage of the Atomic City Invitational will be delayed in the print edition. Continue to check our website for tournament updates.

Lee Sanchez is in position to defend his Atomic City Invitational title with a big win.

In Sunday's final of the Atomic City Invitational match-play tournament, reigning champion Sanchez will go up against another former ACI winner, Cale Jones. Tee-off in the 27-hole final event is slated for 7:30 a.m.

Also in tournament play Saturday, Nick Silva won the senior men's title, clinching the win with a solid 6 and 5 victory over Fred Robinson. Also Saturday, Martha Waters picked up the women's ACI crown by topping Lynne Taylor 3 and 2.

For Waters, it was her first ACI victory since 2002. Waters shot even-par on the front nine Saturday en route to the win.

In the senior men's flight, Silva knocked off two-time defending champion Eddie Sanchez Friday, then came back Saturday to shoot a 2-under par through 13 holes.

In the men's championship flight, Lee Sanchez rolled to a 5 and 4 victory over Ted Ball to earn his second straight trip to the final round.

Ball, the sixth-seed in the men's draw, had a solid run in the ACI, knocking off Warren Finch in the opener then upsetting 2008 runner-up Jason Norman in the quarterfinal round 2 and 1.

Sanchez will face off against the fifth-seeded Jones, who needed an extra hole on his way to upsetting second seed Curt Norman in Saturday's semifinal.

The 19-hole victory for Jones came just one day after going the full 18 holes with Brad King, a minor upset as well.

Jones is a two-time ACI champion, having won in 2002 and 2005. Sanchez has won the tournament three times, including twice in the late 1990s.