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Isaac Merry of Las Cruces Wins New Mexico-West Texas Amateur Championship
Isaac Merry from Las Cruces shots a -4 final round to win the New Mexico West Texas Amateur Championship by nine shots over second-place Greg Yellin.
Having home course advantage certainly seem to have paid off for Isaac Merry. Shooting a four under final-round allowed Isaac to win the championship by nine shots. Coming in second place at even par was Greg Yellin, and three people were tied for third place. To get the complete leaderboard you can click the following link: https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/823937
Cruces' Isaac Merry Capitalizes on Home Course Advantage in New Mexico-West Texas Amateur Championship
Las Cruces golfer Isaac Merry fired a 5-under 67 to grab the lead after Day 2 play at the New Mexico-West Texas Amateur Championship Saturday at Red Hawk Golf Club in Las Cruces.
Merry's two-day total of 139 in the three-day Sun Country Amateur Golf Association New Mexico-West Texas Amateur Championship took the lead from Rosswell Sinclair, who shot 69 on Day 1 but ballooned to 77 on Day 2 for a two-day total of 2-over.
“Some home-cooking as Las Cruces' own Isaac Merry used the home course advantage to his benefit posting a tournament-low 67 and grabbing a five-stroke lead heading into Sunday's final round,” SCAGA's New Mexico-West Texas Amateur Championship Tournament Director Dana Lehner wrote while posting Day 2 scores online.
The New Mexico-West Texas Amateur Championship is open to amateurs with a handicap index of 10.0 from New Mexico, El Paso County, Texas, and Southern Colorado. This year's field numbered 51. Forty-nine players were scheduled to play Day 3 on Sunday.
Merry is paired in the final round with Chandler Stetson-Smith of Rio Rancho and Gregg Yellin of El Paso, who are T2 at even par.
The penultimate group comprises Tiger Lee of Albuquerque at 1-over, alone in fourth place, and Lobos Sean Carlon and Gustavo Morantes, who are T5 at even par.
Here's the New Mexico-West Texas Amateur Championship leaderboard going into Day 3:
|1||Merry, Isaac||Las Cruces, N.M.||-5||72||67||139|
|T2||Yellin, Greg||El Paso, Texas||E||71||73||144|
|T2||Smith-Stetson, Chandler||Rio Rancho, N.M.||E||71||73||144|
|4||Lee, Tiger||Albuquerque, N.M.||1||73||72||145|
|T5||Morantes, Gustavo||Albuquerque, N.M.||2||74||72||146|
|T5||Carlon, Sean||Albuquerque, N.M.||2||74||72||146|
|T5||Sinclair, Rosswell||Albuquerque, N.M.||2||69||77||146|
|T8||Harada, Ryo||Las Cruces, N.M.||3||75||72||147|
|T8||Sivage, Slater||Albuquerque, N.M.||3||74||73||147|
|T8||Gore, Tanner||El Paso, Texas||3||74||73||147|
Dan Vukelich, editor of New Mexico Golf News, is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America and the Golf Travel Writers of America. Reach him at [email protected]