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Plumas Lake Amateur: Niger edges Johnson by 1

PLUMAS LAKE, CALIFORNIA (May 7, 2006) - 2006 NCGA Points leader Bob Niger did his best imitation Tom Watson on Sunday, chipping in on the 17th green at Plumas Lake Golf Club to open up a 2 stroke lead over Chris Johnson at the Plumas Lake Amateur.

It couldn't have come at a better time, as Niger's two stroke lead was in serious danger with Chris Johnson of Rancho Cordova nestled just 5 feet from the hole for birdie (a putt he would hole after Niger's chip-in). When both players hit the green in regulation at No. 18, Johnson gave himself a chance by holing his birdie putt, but Niger responded with a calm two-putt to finish ahead by one at 6-under par.

Johnson and Niger distanced themselves from the field on Sunday with under-par rounds at Plumas Lake Golf Club, a well-liked 6400 yard layout in Marysville, North of Sacramento. They had entered the day tied with Ben Hunter at 1-under par, with Jusin Estrada and Sam Howard of nearby Yuba City just a stroke back at even par.

Niger leads the NCGA Points race over recent Alameda Commuters champ Rick Reinsberg, with the major events of the season ahead.

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Final results from the Plumas Lake Amateur, played at the Par-71 Plumas Lake Golf Club:

Player Rd1 Rd2 Tot +/-
Bob Niger 70 66 136 -6
Chris Johnson 70 67 137 -5
Chris Kilkenny 73 68 141 -1
Andrew Damron 72 70 142 0
Nick White 74 68 142 0
Ben Hunter 70 73 143  
Nick Podesta 72 71 143  
Will Johnson 73 72 145  
Justin Estrada 71 75 146  
Sam Howard 71 75 146  
Kevin Ponath 72 75 147  
Greg Hutton 74 74 148  
Mike Montgomery 72 76 148  
Sean Dyer     149  
Matthew Andrade     150  
Scott Bubany     150
Brett Lunde     150
Josh Harrison     151
Steve Dupre     151
Fred Jaicks     152
Jasper Gill     152
Jake Handel     152
Jack McCann     152
Devin Sullivan     153
Fred Hernandez     154
Rick Jones     155
Peter Arnes     155
Gary Maniery     156
Matthew Robinson     156
Dave Curley     158
David McIntyre     158
Jake Geyer     159
Greg Button     159
Cormac Kelley     159
Cameron Champ     160
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