The Norman’s had a big finish to the City Golf Tournament this past weekend. Jason Norman, left, won the mens title for 2017 and his dad Bruce won the senior blue flight. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
By MIKE COTE KRSN Sports
Jason Norman came back from a sizeable deficit in the second round of the Los Alamos City Championship golf tournament to win the men’s title for 2017.
Norman shot a 3-under 69 in Sunday’s second day of competition, while first day leader Tim Johnson couldn’t keep up his furious pace from Saturday. Johnson, who led by three shots over his next-nearest competitor, could only manage a 77 on day two. In the final tally, Norman pulled out a 1-stroke victory to earn this year’s championship.
The Los Alamos City Championship is open to any resident of Los Alamos County or any member of the Los Alamos Golf Association. Much of the field in the men’s gold flight was made up of veteran golfers, including several past City champions.
Johnson, a local veteran, had the low round of the day Saturday, carding a 69, while another veteran, Cale Jones, finished with 72 on Saturday. But on Sunday, it was Norman who had the hot hand. Johnson ended up 1 shot back for the 36-hole tournament, while Jones would end up third on the final leaderboard.
Jason Norman wasn’t the only one in his family to pick up a win Sunday. His father, Bruce Norman, earned a victory in the senior blue flight, turning in both of the lowest rounds of that contest to win by 13 strokes over Mike Lippiatt.
Sunday’s drama in the men’s City tournament was not matched on the women’s side. KayLinda Crawford, the 2016 winner, earned a wire-to-wire victory for this year’s championship. Crawford cruised on Sunday, shooting a 74, just one day after an even-par round. Heading into the second day, the only golfer with a realistic shot of giving Crawford a run for her money was multiple-time winner at the City tournament, Tami Martinson. Martinson had a very respectable 78 Sunday, but Crawford earned the title by a comfortable eight strokes. Lynne Taylor finished third with a 2-day total of 177.
In the men’s senior white division, Eddie Sanchez held on Sunday, staving off second-day pushes from both Larry Rich and John Stam to win. Sanchez shot a 150 for the two days, while Stam had a 153 and Rich finished with a 154.