Fresno City Amateur golf title up for grabs Monday

FresnoMay 25, 2014 

There was plenty of drama Sunday at Riverside Golf Course as the 87th Fresno City Amateur trimmed its field of 156 golfers to the lowest 43 heading into today's championship round.

Day one leader and 2007 City Am champion Jason Anthony kept his game steady, knocking in five birdies to match his first-round, 5-under 67 and take a one shot lead at 10 under after the second round.

Justin Avery was the best golfer of the day, sinking six birdies and an eagle for a 7-under 65 — a career best for the Buchanan High senior. In December, Avery shot a 6-under 66 at a Future Collegians World Tour tournament at Bayonet Golf Course in Seaside.

The round secured him second place at 9 under heading into the final round.

But the real drama followed Trevor Clayton — a Clovis High grad in his second year golfing at Cal State Stanislaus. Clayton sunk three eagles and two birdies in his final seven holes to finish in a four-way tie for fourth at 5 under.

Tied with Clayton are Mike Stieler, Ryan Higton and three-time Fresno Bee Golf All-Star and Pacific golfer Michael Tolladay.

Jason Higton, the 2000 City Am champ, shot a 6-under 66 and is in third at 8 under.

Previous tournament winners Josh Watney (2005) and Conrad Nilmeier (1990, 2005) missed the cut.

Today's final round will tee off at 7:30 a.m., with leaders in the final group starting at 9:50 a.m.

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