Women's golf: Schmitt takes day one lead, Martinson still in the hunt

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By The Staff

Things are tight at the top of the leaderboard following day one of the Los Alamos City Championship women’s tournament with a pair of tournament veterans duking it out for the top spot.

Not far behind, however, are three players within three shots of the lead heading into the second day of the two-day event.

Barbara Schmitt and defending champion Tami Martinson are neck-and-neck heading into today’s final round of the Los Alamos City Championship. Schmitt holds a 1-stroke advantage after finishing with an 84 Saturday, while Martinson is right behind her with an 85.

Tee-off for the second day of the City championship is scheduled for 8:30 a.m.

While Schmitt and Martinson are poised to duke it out for the title today, they will have to keep an eye behind them, however, as three other players, Ellen Stallings, Jordan Hanson and Alicia Herrera, are sitting on 87s, while another player, Anna Swertfeger, is just a stroke behind them.

One player that has a considerable amount of ground to make up heading into today’s play is 18-time City champion Ev Griggs. Griggs, just off her victory earlier this month at the Atomic City Invitational, managed just a 92 Saturday.

Both Schmitt and Martinson limped to the finish of their round Saturday, with Schmitt going double bogey, par, bogey on holes 10-12 — she started the day on 11 — and Martinson taking bogeys on both of her final two holes.

Martinson, who dominated the field en route to a big win in 2009, leading that tournament wire-to-wire, shot a 41 on the front side at LAGC before posting a 44 on the back.

That was the story of the day at LAGC. Only one of the leaders in either the men’s or women’s championship flight managed a better score on the back nine Saturday. Hanson’s 43 on the back was one shot better than her front side performance.

Schmitt, meanwhile, was red-hot on the front, shooting a 38 and earning a birdie on the seventh hole.

Stallings had a 41 on the front to keep pace after a slow start in which she was 6-over after her first four holes. Stallings hit a big approach on the fifth hole from 140 yards out and had a chance for birdie, but her 12-foot putt went just wide left of the cup.

Herrera played a steady round, generally avoiding any big numbers Saturday to keep pace with the leaders.