Fresno City: Paniccia defends

Story by Daniel Lyght, Fresno Bee

SALINAS, Calif. (May 30, 2011) --Danny Paniccia won his third Fresno City Amateur golf title Monday at Riverside Golf Course.

That tiny white dimpled ball rolled Paniccia's way nearly all day.

Most of the time it was because of his skill -- like when he put a vicious backspin on his approach on the 16th hole. But sometimes it was just plain luck -- like when his shot on No. 14 hit off a fence and bounced in-bounds onto the fringe, leading to a birdie.

"If he would have [gone out of bounds], he would have had a two-shot penalty. I could be leading the tournament," second-place finisher Ryan Higton said. "So it was definitely the shot of the day for him."

Paniccia coupled that luck on 14 with birdies on the final three holes to finish at 7 under, four strokes ahead of both Higton and final-round charger Sung Kim in the event's 84th edition.

Results: Fresno City Amateur
1CADanny PanicciaFresno, CA7567-74-68--209
T2CASung KimAtwater, CA5072-73-68--213
T2CARyan HigtonSan Joaquin, CA5073-69-71--213
T4CATeddy SchrierAtwater, CA2575-69-71--215
T4CAJon BettencourtClovis, CA2571-73-71--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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