ACI Update: Top seeds all advance in men's bracket

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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 Los Alamos Monitor's print edition. Check this website for updates on the tournament.

There were no upsets in the first round of the men's Atomic City Invitational championship flight Thursday.

All the top-seeded players are moving on to Friday's quarterfinal round, including defending champion Lee Sanchez and 2008 runner-up Jason Norman.

Norman, the third-seed, won a 3 and 2 victory over 13th-seeded Fred Seeley, a multi-ACI winner.

Sanchez, the top seed in the tournament, knocked off Marty Sanchez, the 16th seed, 3 and 2 to punch his ticket to the quarterfinals.

The quarterfinals start at 8:30 a.m. Friday at Los Alamos Golf Course.

Also Friday, Eddie Sanchez will go for his third consecutive seniors ACI championship when he takes on Nick Silva. Sanchez topped Fred Robinson in match play Thursday, while Silva downed Dale Mildbrandt.

The women's ACI title is also up for grabs with veteran Martha Waters taking on up-and-comer Miranda Olinger Friday. Olinger came out on top in her contest against Anna Swertfeger, while Waters knocked off Lynne Taylor.

In the men's title flight, Lee Sanchez will take on Brett Hollander, another former ACI champ, in Friday's quarterfinal. Fourth-seeded Brad King meets fifth-seede Cale Jones, with the winner to face the winner between No. 2 seed Curt Norman and No. 7 seed Brandon Rich.

The Sanchez-Hollander winner will advance to the semifinal against the winner between Jason Norman and No. 6 seed Ted Ball.

Here are the results from Thursday's men's championship tournament contests:

(1) Lee Sanchez def. (16) Marty Sanchez, 3 and 2

(8) Brett Hollander def. (12) Bruce Norman, 2 and 1

(3) Jason Norman def. (13) Fred Seeley, 3 and 2

(6) Ted Ball def. (10) Warren Finch, 3 and 2

(2) Curt Norman def. (15) Jake Rodar, 4 and 3

(7) Brandon Rich def. (11) Colin MacFarland, 1-up

(4) Brad King def. (14) Gary Rich, 6 and 5

(5) Cale Jones def. (9) Cheylan Gresham, 2 and 1