Men's ACI: Norman, Sanchez advance to final

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By Mike Cote

A wily veteran and an up-and-comer will duke it out in today’s men’s final of the Atomic City Invitational.

Jason Norman and Lee Sanchez advanced to the championship match of the championship flight with big wins Saturday.

Norman, a former Los Alamos High School standout, continued an impressive run through the men’s title flight Saturday, knocking off Tim Johnson 3 and 2 in Saturday’s semifinal match at Los Alamos Golf Course.

Sanchez, a two-time ACI champion and one of the top amateurs in northern New Mexico, earned a surprisingly big win over another former Hilltopper standout, Eric Trujillo 5 and 4 in Saturday’s other semifinal.

Trujillo’s bread-and-butter short game, which was firing on all cylinders through the first two rounds, never got going against Sanchez.

Sanchez will be going for his first ACI title in 10 years when he and Norman tee off at 7:30 a.m. today. He won back-to-back titles in 1997 and 1998.

Today’s men’s final match is scheduled for 27 holes.

Trujillo and Johnson will face off for third place today as well.

In Friday’s quarterfinal round, Trujillo scored a decisive win in upsetting 2007 ACI champion Brett Hollander 4 and 3.

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