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NCGA: Paniccia, Stieler win 2nd straight
-- NCGA Photo
-- NCGA Photo
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (May 11, 2014) -- Mike Stieler and Danny Paniccia are once again the Northern California Four-Ball champions.

On the strength of a final-round 3-under 69 at Spyglass Hill, the defending champions successfully defended their crown by topping runners-up Cameron Champ and Gary Dunn and Jeff Gilchrist and Steve Woods by a single shot.

Champ and Dunn held the early lead and shared the top of the leaderboard with Stieler and Paniccia after Saturday's second-round.

According to the NCGA, the turning point came on the par-3 15th. Trailing by a shot already, Champ's birdie putt came up short after Paniccia sank his. The two-shot swing put Stieler and Paniccia two shots up with three to play.

Woods and Gilchrist shot 5-under 67 to creep into a tie for second place, folliwng opening rounds of 71-70, but Champ and Dunn officially won a scorecard playoff for sole possession of second place.

Reigning Stocker Cup champion John Sawin and partner Robert Grube finished alone in fourth, shooting rounds of 69-72-68 while the teams of Scott Raber and Ben Corfee, Eddie Davis and Jon Peterson and Brett Viboch and Bobby Bucey tied for fifth place.

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ABOUT THE NCGA Four-Ball

The NCGA Four-Ball Championship began in 1967 at Spyglass Hill golf course and has been played the Robert Trent Jones layout ever since. The 54-hole competition consists of two-man teams in which both players play their own ball and the lowest score of the two is counted on each hole.

18 holes qualifying four-ball stroke play. The championship proper will be 54 holes of four-ball stroke play, 18 holes per day. After 36 holes, the field is cut to 40 teams and ties. Both partners must meet eligibility requirements, holding a handicap index of 5.4 or less.

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