Sun Country Match Play: Putnam doubles up
ALBUQUERQUE, NM (April 29, 2007)-- Saying the Brandon Putnam has a knack for match play may be a bigger understatement than calling the Grand Canyon a hole in the ground. In this year’s Sun Country Amateur Golf Association Match Play Championship, Putnam has again proved he reigns supreme in this form of play.
Now a back-to-back champion of the event, Putnam has been victorious in ten straight matches dating back to last year’s championship; quite an accomplishment when facing one of the toughest fields in all of New Mexico and West Texas.
The championship concluded Sunday, at Los Altos Golf Course, with perfect scoring conditions throughout the day. After advancing in the morning match with a win over Robert Thompson of Albuquerque, Putnam’s final victim was fellow UNM teammate Nick Geyer. Geyer played great all week and fended off a fantastic effort by perennial favorite Patrick Hanlon in the semifinal round to advance to the final match.
The two Lobos were the last left standing after the dust settled from a day of stroke play qualifying on Friday and 62 individual matches Friday through Sunday morning. The field of New Mexico and West Texas’s best amateur players could not keep pace with the long drives and fantastic short games of Geyer and Putnam. But once the final match started, the day belonged to Putnam. Winning six out of the first nine holes, he jumped out of the gates in the lead and never looked back. With birdies on holes 3, 5, 6, and 7 he put the championship out of reach for Geyer.
Putnam, the former Eldorado High School standout and UNM Freshman will test his skills next at the US Open Local Qualifier to be held next month at Twin Warriors.
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--Story courtesy Sun Country Amateur Golf Association