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The title of top golfer in Los Alamos County is once again up for grabs this weekend.
Los Alamos Golf Course will host the City Championship tournament starting Saturday. The City tournament is a two-day affair consisting of 36 holes of stroke play.
Based on the race for last year’s men’s title, anything can happen between the first day and the second day.
In 2013, City tournament veteran Ted Ball fired a 2-under 70 in the first round and, going into the clubhouse, had a 4-shot advantage over his closest opponent, Cale Jones.
But Jones came back in the second round, equaling Ball’s day one total. Unfortunately for Ball, he struggled in the second day, managing only an 88, and no one else came within 3 shots of Jones’ day two total.
Jones’ combined two-day score of 144 was enough for him to cruise to a 9-shot victory over Brad King and Jonathan War, who tied for second.
The tournament consists of several handicapped flights. There were 61 entries into last year’s tournament, although there were also several withdrawals.
Along with the men’s competition, there is also the women’s City tournament, which is hosted by the Los Alamos Women’s Golf Association.
Anita Dunmar is the reigning women’s champion. Dunmar held off the most successful golfer in county history, Ev Griggs, to win the women’s title by two strokes.
Dunmar had the low round of the women’s tournament in day one, shooting an 83 and giving herself a 5-shot cushion. Griggs, who has won the City title 18 times in her career, far and away the best total on either the men’s or women’s sides, came back in day two, but could only cut three shots off Dunmar’s edge.
Her win snapped the dominant four-year reign of Tami Martinson, who did not participate in 2013.
Eddie Sanchez won the senior men’s title last year, defeating Bruce Norman by five shots.
It was Sanchez’s second consecutive senior’s tournament win.
The tournament tees off at 8 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday.