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Golf: Ball/Norman come back to win Memorial Day tournament

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By The Staff

The team of Ted Ball and Curt Norman came back from two strokes down after one day of play to win the Memorial Day Best Ball this weekend.

Ball/Norman shot a 139 in the two-day event, held Sunday and Monday at Los Alamos Golf Course. The team carded a 71 in the opening round, then followed that up with a 68 in the second round.

The Memorial Day Best Ball is the first major tournament of the summer hosted by LAGC. In all, 28 two-person teams took part this weekend.

Ball/Norman was in third place in the scratch flight following Sunday’s play. Both Bruce Takala/Cale Jones and Cheylan Gresham/Joe Gallegos shot 69s in the first round.

But Ball/Norman’s 68 Monday topped Takala/Jones’ day two total by three strokes. The other three teams in the scratch flight all carded 73s.

The victory for Norman was the second straight season he finished on the winning team in the tournament. Norman and his father, Bruce, also came back from a third-place finish in the first round last season to win.

Meanwhile, Bruce Norman and his partner, Marty Hill, won the tournament’s second flight by nine strokes over their nearest competitors.

Brian Colby/Paul Cook won the first flight this weekend, while Randy Balice/Tom Hornsby took top honors in the third flight.

One of the shots of the weekend, however, was Bill Gregory’s ace on the 15th hole Sunday. He and partner Jamie Brophy played in the first flight.

Here are the results from the Memorial Day Best Ball Tournament:

Scratch flight

Ted Ball/Curt Norman 71-68—139

Bruce Takala/Cale Jones 69-71—141

Cheylan Gresham/Joe Gallegos 69-73—142

Kurt Anast/Darrin Knox 73-73—146

Mark Sandoval/Warren Finch 73-73—146

First flight

Brian Colby/Paul Cook 63-65—128

Min Park/Jin Park 63-66—129

Karl Thomas/John Majarus 65-66—131

Eddie Sanchez/Barbara Schmitt 63-69—132

Scott Marriott/Tom Nelson 66-66—132

Jamie Brophy/Bill Gregory 67-66—134

Eddie Padilla/Sam King 67-67—134

Don Branch/Dave Vieira 68-66—134

Jeff Brown/Tom Whitacre 68-67-135

Second flight

Bruce Norman/Marty Hill 55-60—115

Gary Rich/Bethany Rich 66-58—124

Jeff Fredenburg/Tom Courtney 65-62—127

Larry Alei/Mary Alei 61-67—128

Tim Branch/Mark Rosenberger 64-67—131

Ruel Hicks/Jay Staton 67-64—131

James Merhege/Jim Coy 67-65—132

Greg Hanson/Rhonda Hanson 68-65—133

Third flight

Randy Balice/Tom Hornsby 58-60—118

John Sutton/Jay Sutton 59-61—120

Mark Harris/John Rau 60-64—124

Mike Fogel/Forrest Brown 71-65—136

Dick Beaudoin/David Bigby 67-73—140

Jason Norman/Mo Alei 69-72—141