Ball takes one shot lead in City Championship

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GOLF: Defending champ Norman is tied for 2nd, tee time is 9 a.m.

By Mike Cote

With several players struggling in the opening round Saturday, Ted Ball took advantage.
Ball connected with some big shots off the tee in the first round of the Los Alamos City Championship to finish with a 74, the low round of the opening 18 holes at Los Alamos Golf Course.
On a day that most players in the clubhouse said the course was playing considerably longer than usual, Ball came through with his driver, which went a long way to secure the first round edge for him.
The 64th annual City Championship tournament continues through today at Los Alamos Golf Course. Following the conclusion of the 36-hole event, the top gross and net scores from each of the tournament’s three flights will face off in a nine-hole shootout.
Today’s round starts at 9 a.m.
With the course featuring tough conditions, Ball said his driver came through when he needed it to. Ball’s club, however, may have had an ulterior motive.
“I was driving really well,” Ball said. “I was hitting a bunch of balls with the Taylor Made guy (prior to the round) and I ordered a new driver. I guess the old one doesn’t want to be taken out of the bag.”
Several of the holes, most notably No. 12, were wet and most players weren’t getting great distance or favorable bounces off the damp course.
For Ball, who had a 36 on the front and a 38 on the backside, he may still need a big day today to keep his lead. Defending champion Curt Norman, who overcame a slow start on the back nine to pick up some momentum on the front, sits just one stroke behind, tied with veteran Kurt Anast for second place.
Ball, Norman and Anast will be grouped together today. They will tee off the first hole.
Scores were higher than expected Saturday, with no one on the men’s side shooting better than in the mid-70s and more than half the field unable to break 80. Tim Johnson, another tournament veteran, is just two strokes off the lead.
Last year, Norman won a playoff against his brother, Jason, after Jason came back from a day one deficit.
It was Curt Norman’s first City title.


Saturday's Men's championship flight results

Ted Ball, 74
Curt Norman, 75
Kurt Anast, 75
Tim Johnson, 76
Cale Jones, 77
Gary Rich, 80
Kenny Walker, 80
Kevin Brake, 81
Thomas Herrera, 82
Darren Knox, 85
Bruce Norman, 85
Brett Hollander, 89

Men’s blue flight results

Larry Rich, 77
Eddie Sanchez, 82
Devon Engleman, 83
Don Branch, 84
Steve Birdsell, 84
Jamie Aslin, 85
Tom Gravlin, 85
Jim Liberty, 87
Mike Finney, 87
Stefan Sutton, 88
Tim Branch, 88
Karl Thomas, 89
Min Park, 89
James Keane, 90
James Merhege, 91
Bryan Feary, 94
Eric Rich, 95
Brian Schamber, 96
Art Brown, 96