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The 70th annual New Mexico State Women’s Golf Championship will be hosted this year by Los Alamos Golf Course.
The state women’s championship is a match-play event pitting some of the top amateur players in the state. The event starts with a qualification round Monday, then three days of match play starting Tuesday.
Monday’s qualifying round tees off at 8:30 a.m. The qualifying round will feature players with handicap ratings between zero and 14.9.
A dozen players are expected to compete in qualifying, including top northern New Mexico prep player Chanet Fiorina and defending champion Marissa Bautista.
Also included in the field is top local player Tami Martinson, who is going into the tournament fresh off her victory at the 2011 Los Alamos City Championship.
“There are some major players coming,” said Martinson, who is also the co-chair of the event. “It’s going to be tough competition. We’ll try our best and we’ll hope the local knowledge will help us.”
Players will be vying for seven spots in the championship flight. Bautista, as the defending champ, has an automatic bid into the match-play tournament.
Past champions of the women’s state tournament have included some of the top players in state history, including arguably New Mexico’s greatest women’s golfer, Nancy Lopez.
Match-play, a format that is also used for LAGC’s flagship annual event, the Atomic City Invitational, pits two players against one another with the winner by number of holes won.
Matches continue through 18 holes or when one of the players is mathematically eliminated.