ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (July 24,
2011) - You'd think after posting an opening
round 76 and being eight shots back, you'd
pack it in early and just enjoy yourself.
Mix in the fact that most of the
competition is half your age and it makes for a
daunting final two days of the event.
Apparently, Greg Condon doesn't
necessarily think like that. Instead, the
49-year old from Monte Vista, Colo., posted
back-to-back five-under par 67s to take the
2011 New Mexico-West Texas Amateur
Championship by two shots.
While the usual suspects moved
up and down the leaderboard all day Sunday at
UNM Championship Golf Club, the steady
Condon focused on fairways and greens and
followed that up with a solid putting display to
outpace the field.
"Well, I never expected it,"
Condon said. "I wanted to use this week
as just a warm-up for the Pacific Coast
Championship next week. And, it just
sort of happened. It was a lot of fun."
Known for very rarely making a
mistake, Condon scraped it around off of the
tee while staying out of trouble and wound up
claiming the Championship thanks to the flat
"I really have been hitting it
poorly prior to this week," Condon said.
"I didn't even really hit it all that great
his week either. But I putted great.
I think I only had 27 of them
The putter allowed Condon to
slowly move to the top of the leaderboard over
the final two days of the event, and in the end
finished two shots ahead of defending
champion Daniel Medina, El Paso, Texas and
Albuquerque's Sam Saunders who both finished
at four-under for the Championship.