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Paniccia wins San Joaquin Vly Match Play

MADERA, California (July 26, 2009) -- Final results from the San Joaquin Valley Match Play Championship follow. Thanks to Riverbend G.C. Director of Golf Ed Luethke for producing this report.

Stroke play medal Qualifying Friday 7-24

68 -- Mike Stieler – Medalist
68 -- Trevor Guthrie
70 -- matt Christensen
70 -- danny panicca
70 -- ryan Arnold
72 -- george mckean
72 -- jason Higton
73-- chris rose
73 -- keith Okasaki
73 -- ryan Higton
74 -- keith Rodriquez
75 -- mike mcquire
75 -- matt oehsshlarger
75 -- ricky stocton
75 -- jason simoetti

Following are match play results:

Round One: 7-25

  • Number one seed Mike Stieler was upset by the number 16 seed Jason Simonetti, who ended it on the 17th hole winning 3&1.
  • Trevor Guthrie, the number two seed, rolled through number fifteen seed Ricky Stockton 3&2.
  • Number three seed Matt Christensen ended his match early winning 5&4 over opponent Matt Oehlschlaeger.
  • Local celebrity and number four seed Danny Paniccia shut the door on the number thirteen seed Greg Loosigian on the fifteenth green winning 4&3.
  • Number twelve seed Mike McGuire upset number five seed Ryan Arnold 2&1.
  • George McKean, the number six seed battled to the eighteenth hole but fell to the eleven seed and former Fresno City College stand-out Keith Rodriguez who won 2up.
  • In Round One’s ‘Iron Man’ match, the Higton brothers, number seven seed Jason and number ten seed Ryan, went blow for blow through twenty two holes until Jason was able outlast his brother winning 1up.
  • Finally, in impressive fashion, number nine seed Keith Okasaki closed out his match on the twelfth, winning 7&6 over his eighth seed opponent, Christian Rose.

16. Jason Simonetti

def.

1. Mike Stieler

3&1

2. Trevor Guthrie

def.

15. Ricky Stockton

3&2

3. Matt Christensen

def.

14. Matt Oehlschlaeger

5&4

4. Danny Paniccia

def.

13. Greg Loosigian

4&3

12. Mike McGuire

def.

5. Ryan Arnold

2&1

11. Keith Rodriguez

def.

6. George McKean

2 up

7. Jason Higton

def.

10. Ryan Higton

22 holes

9. Keith Okasaki

def.

8. Christian Rose

7&6

Round Two: 7-25

  • Number nine seed Keith Okasaki took out the dark horse, number sixteen seed, Jason Simonetti 2&1.
  • Number four seed Danny Paniccia cruises through his second round opponent, number twelve seed Mike McGuire 5&4.
  • Keith Rodriguez, number eleven seed, grinds through another victory taking the eighteenth hole to win 2up over the third seed Matt Christensen.
  • In his second extra-hole match of the day, number 7 seed Jason Higton won the twentieth hole to overtake the number two seed Trevor Guthrie.

9. Keith Okasaki

def.

16. Jason Simonetti

2&1

7. Jason Higton

def.

2. Trevor Guthrie

20 holes

4. Danny Paniccia

def.

12. Mike McGuire

5&4

11. Keith Rodriguez

def.

3. Matt Christensen

2up

Semifinals and final 7-26

4. Danny Paniccia

def.

Keith Okasaki

1 up

7. Jason Higton

def.

Keith Rodriquez

2&1


Danny Paniccia

def.

Jason Higton

2up

  • Two former Canadian tour pros, who regained their amateur status battled for the championship.The seesaw battle ended when Paniccia birdied 17 and won 18 with par.
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