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With several players struggling in the opening round Saturday, Ted Ball took advantage.
Ball connected with some big shots off the tee in the first round of the Los Alamos City Championship to finish with a 74, the low round of the opening 18 holes at Los Alamos Golf Course.
On a day that most players in the clubhouse said the course was playing considerably longer than usual, Ball came through with his driver, which went a long way to secure the first round edge for him.
The 64th annual City Championship tournament continues through today at Los Alamos Golf Course. Following the conclusion of the 36-hole event, the top gross and net scores from each of the tournament’s three flights will face off in a nine-hole shootout.
Today’s round starts at 9 a.m.
With the course featuring tough conditions, Ball said his driver came through when he needed it to. Ball’s club, however, may have had an ulterior motive.
“I was driving really well,” Ball said. “I was hitting a bunch of balls with the Taylor Made guy (prior to the round) and I ordered a new driver. I guess the old one doesn’t want to be taken out of the bag.”
Several of the holes, most notably No. 12, were wet and most players weren’t getting great distance or favorable bounces off the damp course.
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