Earns 2nd Title With Closing 71
SANTA ANA PUEBLO — By the 17th hole of the 68th annual Albuquerque Women’s Amateur Golf Championship, there was little suspense left.
With one hole left, there was none.
Glynnis Price buried a 30-foot downhill putt — with a 3-foot break — for a birdie on the par-5 17th to put the finishing touches on her second city title.
“That was a long one, a tough one,” Price said with a relief. “I knew I had a good lead, but you never know what can happen. You can always put up a big number at any time, so you never know.”
Nobody in the gallery of around 10 knew either, as there were no scores displayed in the event. After Price’s birdie, however, everyone knew it was over.
Price, 24, then made an easy par on 18 to close with a 1-under 71 for a 2-over 218 in the 54-hole event at Santa Ana Golf Club. Recent Cibola graduate Kelcey Tate was second at 224 after a final-round 72.
Paige Darwin, the first-round leader, skied to an 80 and finished third at 231.
Vanessa Spradlin and Samantha Surette tied for fourth at 236.
“Two years ago, everyone struggled out here,” said Price, who won the event in 2009 with a whopping 29-over 245 total. “The course played a lot rougher. This year, the opportunities were there and a lot of us were going up and down.”
Darwin, a 2011 La Cueva graduate, went 72-79 in her first two rounds while Tate went 74-78.
“It was just one of those days,” said Darwin, who will attend New Mexico State next season. “Your going to have rounds like that. Unfortunately, I had one today.”
Darwin originally signed a national letter of intent with Boise State, but then chose to go to NMSU, so she won’t be eligible to play until the 2012-13 season.
Tate, who won the 2010 Class 5A state high school title, will play for Grand Canyon University in Phoenix this coming school year.
Price, who finished second to UNM golfer Sammi Stevens in last year’s tournament, is a former player at Shiprock and Western New Mexico who works for the NB3 (Notah Begay III) Foundation.
Stevens didn’t play in the event this season.
Price says she has one more semester left at Western to receive her degree in business.
“In the meantime, she said, “I’m just having a great time working for NB3. I get to teach kids, and that feels great.”
On Thursday, Price taught a few kids — as well as the rest of the field — a few lessons.
ESTRADA TURNS FAN: Alex Estrada, who won the Albuquerque Men’s Amateur Championship earlier this month with his sister, Arianna, as his caddie, was out to support his sister at Women’s City this week.
He just wasn’t on her bag, like she was on his.
“They won’t let them have caddies,” Alex said with surprise. “I came out to help her the way she helped me, but they don’t allow caddies so I was just a fan. They wouldn’t even let me talk to her during the round.”
Arianna finished eighth at 242.
— This article appeared on page D4 of the Albuquerque Journal