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He is certainly capable. But for whatever reason, John DiGiacomo plays better in a trailing position than he does with the lead.

He enjoys the thrill of the hunt much more than he does being the hunted.

On Sunday at Pine Meadows Golf Course, DiGiacomo came from behind to capture his second Lebanon County Amaetur golf crown. It had been 20 years since DiGiacomo had won his first and last county amateur title.

DiGiacomo used a second-round score of 69 or three-under par to make up three shots on the opening-round leaders and best runner-up Justin Arnt by three shots. His Sunday round was the only score in the tournament that was under par.

DiGiacomo’s second round got off to a fast start. He made birdies on four of his six holes to get his round to four-under par and his total to one-over, and to place himself firmly in the lead.

On Pine Meadows’ back side, DiGiacomo made just two bogeys and finished that nine at even par to fend off any would-be challengers..

Since his initial victory in 2001 at Royal Oaks, DiGiacomo has been in contention for another Lebanon County Amateur titles on a number of occasions. But his propensity for rallying never served him as well as it did on Sunday.

  • Jeff Falk

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