Golf: Norman goes back-to-back

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By The Staff

Jason Norman stepped out of a crowded field Sunday to win his second consecutive men’s City Championship.

Norman picked a great time to turn in the only sub-par round of the tournament, going 2-under Sunday to take control of the leaderboard. He held on to upset his younger brother Curt Norman in the final nine holes by one stroke.

The City Championship was held this weekend at Los Alamos Golf Course. In all, five top local players, including three past champions, were vying for the men’s crown.

Jason Norman, who took a wire-to-wire victory in 2008, was down two shots to Curt Norman and one shot to tournament newcomer Cheylan Gresham after Saturday’s first round.

But Norman carded a 70 through 18 holes Sunday, while Curt Norman and Gresham both took 75s through Sunday.

Those three players played an additional nine holes to determine the champion. While Curt Norman had the low mark through those final nine, Jason Norman’s final total of 182 would ultimately hold up.

Going for his first City title, Curt Norman shot a 73 Saturday to take the lead into the final 27 holes, while Gresham was just a shot behind him, posting a 74 in his first round.

Gresham, who moved to Los Alamos about two months ago, finished third in his City tournament debut, eight shots off the lead.

With his 2009 win, Norman became the 12th player in men’s City history to win back-to-back titles. He will have a chance in 2010 to become just the third 3-time champion in City history.

Also competing in the men’s tournament were past men’s champions Tim Johnson and Cale Jones, but neither qualified to advance to the final nine holes.