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San Diego City Championship: Puterbaugh Defends

San Diego, Calif (August 20, 2006) -- Defending champion Jamie Puterbaugh of Carlsbad suffered a case of the flu during the first weekend of play at Torrey Pines, but still sent a message to the field with a nearly flawless 64 on the North Course on Sunday to lead by 4 at the two-weekend tournament’s halfway point. Back spasms bothered Puterbaugh as play resumed at Balboa Park the following Saturday, when Puterbaugh shot 72. Jimmy Harris, who Puterbaugh also battled for the title in 2005, shot 68 on Saturday to move into second, 4 shots back, then used the first 16 holes at Torrey Pines South to pull even with Puterbaugh on Sunday before dropping a shot on No. 17, where his second shot bounded off a cart path and over the green.

At No. 18, trailing by 1, Harris’ ball found a sand filled divot after safely laying up in front of the water (known as “Devlin’s Billabong” after Bruce Devlin famously lost the San Diego Open there in) prompting Puterbaugh to tell Harris “That’s the worst freaking break I’ve seen in my life.” Puterbaugh, who was celebrating his 22nd birthday on Sunday, was joined as 2006 San Diego City Champion by Allison Goodman (Women), Mark Fernando (Senior) and Marsha Butler (Senior Women).

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