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Danny Paniccia leads field after Day 1 of Fresno City Amateur

Danny Paniccia, pictured chipping out of a trap during his 2012 tournament win, leads the field of 148 after Day 1 of the 89th Fresno City Amateur Golf Championship at Riverside Golf Club.
Danny Paniccia, pictured chipping out of a trap during his 2012 tournament win, leads the field of 148 after Day 1 of the 89th Fresno City Amateur Golf Championship at Riverside Golf Club. FRESNO BEE FILE

Clovis’ Danny Paniccia fired a 3-under 69 to lead a field of 146 golfers after Saturday’s opening round of the 89th annual Fresno City Amateur Golf Championship at Riverside Golf Course.

Paniccia, a four-time tournament champion (1996, 2010-12), fired four birdies in a six-hole stretch and will carry a one-stroke lead into Sunday.

Fresno’s Jason Higton, who won the trophy in 2000, eagled on the par-5 18th to finish at 2-under 70 and in a three-way tie for second with Ian Oehlschlaeger of Clovis and Bakersfield’s Rich Gilkey.

Colby Thomason, Ryan Higton, Thomas Masters, Sonny Freitas, Jackson Lake and Matt Lee are in the group at 72.

Defending champion Jonathan Keane, of San Francisco, is tied with eight others at 2-over 74.

Tee times start at 7:30 a.m. The lowest 40 scores and ties after the second round will advance to Monday’s final round.

89th Fresno City Amateur

Saturday-Monday at Riverside Golf Course

Second-round tee times, first-round scores

1, Danny Paniccia, Clovis, 9:20 a.m., tee 10, 69 (-3)

T2, Rich Gilkey, Bakersfield, 8:20 a.m., Tee: 10, 70 (-2)

T2, Jason Higton, Fresno, 9:10 a.m., Tee: 10, 70 (-2)

T2, Ian Oehlschlaeger, Clovis, 8 a.m., Tee: 1, 70 (-2)

T5, Colby Thomason, Fresno, 8:50 a.m., Tee: 10, 72 (E)

T5, Ryan Higton, Fresno, 9:10 a.m., Tee: 10, 72 (E)

T5, Thomas Masters, Fresno, 8:30 a.m., Tee: 10, 72 (E)

T5, Matt Lee, Hayward, 2 p.m., Tee: 1, 72 (E)

T5, Sonny Freitas, Fresno, 7:50 a.m., Tee: 1, 72 (E)

T5, Jackson Lake, Clovis, 2 p.m., Tee: 1, 72 (E)

T11, Ben Scribner, San Francisco, 9:10 a.m., Tee: 10, 73 (+1)

T11, Mike Facciani, Fresno, 8:10 a.m., Tee: 10, 73 (+1)

T11, Chad Bell, Fresno, 8:30 a.m., Tee: 1, 73 (+1)

T11, Ricky Stroude, Las Vegas, Nev., 7:50 a.m., Tee: 1, 73 (+1)

Complete results are available online here.

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