Sanchez boasts a 6-stroke lead heading into 2nd day

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Golf > Martinson tied for lead with Dunmar, King has early men’s edge

By The Staff

There is still plenty left to be settled in this year’s Los Alamos City Championship golf tournament heading into day two.
The City tournament, being played at Los Alamos Golf Course, will tee off again at 8 a.m.
Some tournament stalwarts have taken the early lead in the top three men’s women’s and senior’s flights, but only one of those leads appears to be safe heading into the second round.
Brad King got his tournament off to a good start Saturday, firing a 1-over 73 to take the lead at the halfway point in the men’s division.
King, who finished tied for second in 2013, has the 1-shot edge over tournament veteran Bruce Norman — who played in the senior’s flight in 2013 — and a 2-shot edge over defending champion Cale Jones. Jones, however, was able to make his way back from a sizeable deficit last year to win the men’s title going away.
Tim Johnson, another tournament regular, is sitting five shots back of the lead.
In the women’s tournament, four players are duking it out for the championship.
Tami Martinson, who has staked a very solid claim in recent years for the title of top women’s golfer in the county, is tied with last year’s champion Anita Dunmar after 18 holes.
Both women fired an 85, placing them four shots ahead of Ellen Stallings in third place. Ev Griggs, the winningest golfer on either the men’s or women’s side in the history of the City tournament, struggled to get on track Saturday, finishing with a 93.
Martinson, who was driving well for most of the day, won four consecutive titles between 2009-2012, but didn’t compete in the 2013 tournament. Dunmar won that tournament by three shots over Griggs.
The low round of the first day came in the senior men’s championship.
Eddie Sanchez, the two-time defending senior men’s winner, was the only golfer to come in under par Saturday, earning a 1-under.
Heading into this morning’s play, Sanchez enjoys a 6-shot cushion over both John Stam and Reid Griffith for the top of that leaderboard. Sanchez posted a wire-to-wire victory in 2013.
In all, 47 men and 13 women are taking part in the event.