Sanchez going for ACI record

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Santa Fe’s Lee Sanchez is poised to defend his title

By Mike Cote

Santa Fe golfer Lee Sanchez will be playing for a little piece of history this week.

Sanchez, one of the top amateur golfers in the state, will be heading to Los Alamos Golf Course to defend his title at the Atomic City Invitational.

The Atomic City Invitational, the premier event hosted by LAGC, starts with championship flight qualifying Wednesday. Match play competition begins Thursday.

The ACI is believed to be the oldest match play tournament in the state. Instead of golfers playing against the entire field to see who can shoot the lowest score, match play pits two players against each other. The one who wins the most holes head-to-head takes the victory.

“It’s totally different in match play than in medal play,” Sanchez said. “You can have a big number on one hole and it doesn’t matter. It only costs you one hole. It doesn’t take you out of a match.”

Not only will Sanchez be trying to defend his two-year reign at the 2010 ACI, he will be attempting to tie the record for most career victories at the 60-year-old tournament.

The tournament was first played in 1950 with Roswell’s Clyde Blackwell taking the first championship. The 2000 tournament was canceled due to the Cerro Grande Fire, the only year it had to be shelved.

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