Women’s champ holds lead

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GOLF: Martinson hits hole-in-one on No. 8, is up by four shots

By Mike Cote

When things are going well, things are going well.
Two-time defending women’s City champion Tami Martinson, who is in the lead after the first round of the 2011 City tournament, got a cherry on top of her round Saturday. Martinson hit the first ace of her career on the eighth hole, rolling a shot right over a bunker and straight into the cup.
It was a big day for Martinson, who holds a four-stroke lead heading into today’s final round of the City Championship, which is being played at Los Alamos Golf Course. Today’s round is scheduled to tee off at 9 a.m.
Despite the big showing, posting an 81 and garnering the hole-in-one, three other players are still within striking distance of Martinson. Anna Swertfeger, Anita Dunmar and Ev Griggs are all within five strokes.
But Martison’s chances of a repeat title were helped immensely when she struck her 8-iron and rolled her tee shot in. Martinson got a big ovation as she went into the clubhouse following her round, in no small part because, as tradition dictates, golfers who hit holes-in-one must buy the clubhouse a round of drinks.
Griggs and Dunmar, both past City champions, both played in Martinson’s group Saturday and kept pace with her through much of the round. Griggs, an 18-time City title winner, had the hot hand early, sinking a 12-foot putt for par to start her day.
Barbara Schmitt, who led after one round last year, is also still alive for the title, sitting at a 90.
For Martinson, she equaled her day one performance from last year. In 2009, she had a dominant performance, winning by 14 shots over Griggs, who last won in 2008.
Today, Martinson will play in a group along with Swertfeger and Dunmar. That group will tee off on hole 13 just ahead of Griggs, Schmitt and Alma Sondreal, who is eight strokes off the lead.

Saturday's women's flight results

Tami Martinson, 81
Anna Swertfeger, 85
Anita Dunmar, 86
Ev Griggs, 86
Alma Sondreal, 89
Barbara Schmitt, 90
Lynne Taylor, 91
Young Nilsen, 92
Margot Liberty, 100
Bethany Rich, 102
Marti Hill, 119
Loretta Olivas, 122
Jeanie Ball, 128