San Francisco City Senior Golf Championship
March 07 - 19 2017
San Francisco, CA



TPC Harding Park Golf Course
99 Harding Rd
San Francisco, CA  94132-1021
phone: 415-664-4690
url: www.harding-park.com

Tournament Overview

The oldest municipal tournament in the USA. Match play event with scratch senior, women's and open divisions. Past champions include Ken Venturi, George Archer, and Dorothy Delasin. Some of the 'non winners' include Tom Watson and Johnny Miller. Click the 'history' tab for more about this wonderful event.

SENIOR DIVISION plays an 18 hole qualifying round to determine 31 players (def. champ exempt) for match play.

SUPER SENIOR holds a qualifier the same day for its own match play bracket of 16 players.

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Mar 13, 2016San Francisco City Senior: Haag and Price Advance to Championship Match
Mar 13, 2016Randy Haag Wins San Francisco City Senior
Mar 06, 2016San Francisco City Senior: Semifinals Set
Feb 28, 2016San Francisco City Senior: Round 1 Matchplay Results
Mar 28, 2015Top seeds advance at San Francisco City Senior
Mar 21, 2015Dale Bouguennec medals at San Francisco City Senior
Mar 09, 2014SF City Senior: Williams wins 2nd title in 3 years
Mar 08, 2014SF City Senior: Williams, Schroeder reach final
Mar 02, 2014SF City Senior: Underdogs move to semifinals
Mar 01, 2014SF Senior: Top seed Gary Vanier falls
Feb 22, 2014SF City Senior: Vanier moves on, Jensen upset
Feb 19, 2014SF City: Jensen, Olds take top Sr. seeds
Mar 10, 2013Vanier rolls past Williams in SF City Senior Championship match
Mar 09, 2013Jim Williams, Gary Vanier to meet in San Francisco Senior finale
Mar 01, 2013Semifinals set at San Francisco City Senior
Feb 28, 2013Upsets create buzz at San Francisco City Senior Championship
Feb 22, 2013San Francisco Senior: Former winners advance
Feb 21, 2013San Francisco Senior: Match play begins Thursday
Mar 11, 2012Jim Williams captures the San Francisco City Senior title
Mar 10, 2012SF City Senior: Finals are set
Mar 01, 2012SF City Senior: Down to the semis
Feb 23, 2012SF City Senior: Upsets mark first match play round
Feb 22, 2012Dan Bieber paces San Francisco City Senior Qualifying
Mar 04, 2011San Francisco City Seniors: Final Four
Feb 19, 2010San Francisco City Senior Qualifying Results
Mar 06, 2006SF City Championship: Senior Final
Mar 05, 2006SF City Championship: Senior Division Semi-final Results
Feb 23, 2006SF City Championship: Senior Division Quarterfinals
Feb 22, 2006SF City Championship: Senior - R2 Match Play
Feb 18, 2006SF City Championship: Senior Qualifier and R1 Match Play
Feb 23, 2005SF City Championship Senior Qualifying Results

Results for this tournament are available for download. Click here to view results.

by Pete Wlodkowski

The San Francisco City Championship was inaugurated in 1917, and is the Country's oldest municipal golf tournament. The Women's division was added in 1958. In its early years, the tournament was hosted by the Sun- Bulletin newspaper and has had numerous sponsors throughout its history such as Bob Varner, Tom Culligan, and Pepsi.

The name of the tournament is deceiving, as the field is typically made up of the best amateurs from throughout Northern California. As a matter of fact, the 1999 field included Mark Murphy of Waterville, Ireland, who made it to the quarterfinals before being ousted in a nail-biter by Gary Vanier. (Vanier eventually lost to Randy Haag in what was called the best final since Ken Venturi beat Harvey Ward in 1956 in front of 12,000 fans.)

Another thing that makes the City Championship a unique event is the inclusion of an "Open" Division, allowing for amateurs of varying abilities to compete. The top two flights in the Open Division, named the "Venturi" and "Susko" respectively, are named for two of the tournaments' most popular competitors, Ken Venturi and John Susko, the latter of whom met an untimely death from Crohn's disease in 1983. Susko is remembered as a popular Lincoln Park golfer who won the City Championship in 1978 and 1980, won the Alameda Commuters in 1981, and participated in a number of National amateur events even with a condition that often sidelined him for weeks at a time.

Those familiar with the City Championship will tell you about the tradition of playing the ball as it lies at San Francisco's Lincoln and Harding Park golf courses in some often very wintry conditions. More than one player has marched in to the tournament office claiming that they will never play again, but their applications usually find their way in the following year. Conditions are the same for everyone; the ability to accept the occasional bad break is paramount to a competitor's success.

Past champions include 1964 US Open Champion Ken Venturi, 1999 US Women's Open Champion Julie Inkster, and 1969 Masters Champion George Archer. More recently, LPGA Tour player Dorothy Delasin* of Daly City (winner of the 1998 US Junior Girls Championship and 1999 US Women's Amateur) claimed the Women's City Championship in 1998.

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