Sun Country Spring Stroke Play: Medina wins third
ELEPHANT BUTTE, New Mexico (March 25, 2012) -- After twenty nine holes, it looked like another dominating performance for Daniel Medina of El Paso, Texas. But as the spring New Mexico winds picked up, the Sun Country Amateur Golf Association Spring Stroke Play Championship became very interesting. Medina stepped to the twelfth tee with a three shot lead over his nearest competitor. After hitting it into the later hazard right of the fairway and carding a double bogey, his lead had all but evaporated. Medina quickly recovered with a birdie on number fourteen and held off all competitors to take the title. This is the third Sun Country title for Medina after he claimed the New Mexico-West Texas Amateur Championship in 2010 and the Sun Country Four Ball Championship in 2011. The round of the day came from Albuquerque native Justin Knauber. Knauber was the only competitor to finish under par in the gross divisions with a final round one under 71.
In the Senior Championship division, an old…er experienced name rose to the top of the leaderboard. Richard Alarid of Santa Fe, N.M. followed his first round 75 with a second round 74 from the very long senior setup. Alarid’s 74 was the lowest round of the day in the Senior division. Alarid is also no stranger to the SCAGA winner circle having won multiple championships over his lengthy playing career.
In the Women’s division, young Kristen Cline of Socorro, N.M. claimed her first SCAGA championship with a second round 83 to finish at 161. Cline utilized birdies on number three both days of the championship to take the air out of any challenging runs from her competitors. Cline held off 2011 SCAGA Women’s Player of the Year Jennifer Delgadillo to win the opening championship of the year.
In the net division, Carl Duran of Derry, N.M. finished at four under 140 to win first place honors. Newcomer Barry Hansen of Alto, N.M. claimed the Senior Net division with a two day total of 143.
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