ACI Update: Silva, Waters have edge in round robin play

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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 of the Los Alamos Monitor. Check our website for tournament updates.

Nick "James" Silva knocked off top-seeded Eddie Sanchez to take control of the senior men's Atomic City Invitational championship Friday.

Silva was dominant in his victory Friday over twice-defending champion Sanchez, taking their match-play contest 6 and 5. Silva (2-0) needs just to beat Fred Robinson Saturday to win the ACI title.

Meanwhile, Martha Waters moved to within one win of taking her first ACI women's title since 2002. Waters (2-0) topped Miranda Olinger 3 and 2 Friday, her second straight win of the tournament.

Waters, who will face Anna Swertfeger Saturday for a chance to clinch the tournament, said her performance Friday was a far cry better than her showing Thursday. She was on a pace to shoot an 80 for Friday's round, compared to the 85 she put up in topping Lynne Taylor a day earlier.

Olinger (1-1) — and Sanchez in the senior men's flight — must earn a victory Saturday and will need some help to force a playoff in the round robin tournament.

In Thursday's opening round, Silva topped Dale Mildbrandt while Sanchez won his contest over Fred Robinson.

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