Anast, Martinson lead after day one

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Golf: Sanchez takes big lead in senior men’s flight

By The Staff

With a big opening round in the men’s championship flight, Kurt Anast will head into today’s play as the man to catch.
Anast had the low round of the tournament Saturday, a red-hot 3-under par to take the day-one lead at the Los Alamos City Championship.
The City Championship will continue at 9 a.m. today. The tournament is being played at Los Alamos Golf Course.
Scores from the tournament were all over the place Saturday, with a 14-stroke spread in the men’s title flight and a 21-shot spread in the senior men’s flight. Early last week, a leak had been detected in an underground pipe that feeds LAGC’s front nine holes and watering the course has been an issue — work begins to repair the leak Monday.
Several golfers on the course Saturday said that, despite the relative dryness of the course, many of the greens were slow and tough to read.
In the women’s title flight, three-time defending champion Tami Martinson grabbed a four-stroke lead over Ev Griggs after round one. Martinson finished Saturday with an 80 to take the early lead.
Last year, Martinson had a wire-to-wire victory to claim her third consecutive title, but had to hold off a second day charge by Griggs.
Martinson and Griggs, who were grouped together Saturday, will play together today as well, along with Ellen Stallings, who finished with a round of 85, good enough for third place.
Today’s men’s groupings include Anast, Jason Norman — who won the City title in 2008 and 2009 — and Curt Norman, the two-time defending champ.
Should Curt Norman emerge as the victor, he would become just the third player to win the men’s title three years in a row. He will have some catching up to do, however.
Curt Norman finished with a first-day 74.
While Curt Norman generally played tee-to-green well Saturday, his putting wasn’t as effective, missing several times from the 6- to 8-foot range.
Following his round, Anast said he didn’t do anything fancy, but had a good day sticking his approach shots. He missed just two greens on the day and made no bogeys the whole way.
Jason Norman finished 2-under for the day and will head into this morning’s play a lone stroke back. Following Curt Norman’s 74, three players turned in scores of 75.
In the senior men’s competition, longtime City tournament competitor Eddie Sanchez jumped out to a commanding 6-shot lead Saturday.
Sanchez was even through 18 holes, with last year’s runner-up John Stam and Reid Griffith tied for second at 6-over.
Sanchez, Stam and Griffith will be grouped for today’s competition.