Fresno City Championship: Angel eagles 18 to win
26 May 2008
see also: Fresno City Amateur Championship, Riverside Golf Course


FRESNO, Calif. (May 26, 2008)--It took a while, but when Todd Angel finally took home his first-ever tournament victory, he did in just about the most dramatic fashion possible.

The 21-year-old Fresno State sophomore sunk an eight-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole to pull off a one-stroke victory over incoming Fresno State freshman Bryan Hogan to take home the title at the 81st annual event.

Things looked gloomy after Angel double-bogeyed the ninth hole, but he went birdie, par, birdie, par to find himself trailing Hogan by a stroke heading into 18.

His tee shot found the rough, but he stuck his 9-iron approach eight feet from the cup and rolled home the winning putt.

He finished 70-68-73--214, 5-under-par.

Hogan parred the hole and finished in second at 215.

"I was just trying to keep calm and make a good finish on the back," Angel told the Fresno Bee. "I just kept telling myself: Don't give up, have a good finish."

"Today was a perfect example of how much I have changed," he continued. "The old Todd would have been so upset after [the double-bogey at] No. 9. But I told myself to hang in there and grind out some pars and give myself opportunities for birdies."

Angel had previously been the two-time runner-up at the Fresno City Junior and again at the san Joaquin Valley Junior.

Matt Fagundes and Jamie Looper shared third-place honors at 213, while Chick Valley and Grant Doverspike were the only other players in the red at 1-under 215.

Results For Fresno City Amateur Championship
1CATodd AngelClovis, CA7570-68-73--211
2CABryan HoganBakersfield, CA5067-71-74--212
T3CAMatt FagundesClovis, CA2570-73-70--213
T3CAJamie LooperOakdale, CA2571-70-72--213
T5CAChick ValleyFresno, CA2568-75-72--215

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NCGA Points Event. 54-hole stroke play event open to all amateurs with a 5.4 index or better. The low 40 and ties advance to the third round.

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