San Francisco City Women's Golf Championship
March 11 - 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

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The oldest municipal tournament in the USA. Match play event with scratch senior, women's and net 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.

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Mar 14, 2016Sabrina Iqbal takes San Francisco City Women's Championship
Mar 13, 2016San Francisco City Women: Iqbal and Palavivatana meet in Championship Match
Mar 06, 2016San Francisco City Women: Four Remain
Feb 21, 2016Sabrina Iqbal earns Top-Seed at San Francisco City Women's
Mar 29, 2015Top-five move on at San Francisco City Women's
Mar 22, 2015Bibilani Liu earns top seed at San Francisco City Women's
Mar 09, 2014SF City Women's: Cathrea rolls to 2nd title
Mar 08, 2014SF City Women's: Cathrea, Zhou head to final
Mar 02, 2014SF City Women's: Top seeds head to semifinals
Mar 01, 2014SF City Women's: Cathrea continues her march
Feb 23, 2014SF City Women's: Cathrea leads top seeds advancing
Mar 10, 2013Casie Cathrea dominates in SF City Women's Championship win
Mar 03, 2013San Francisco City Women's: Top-seed Cathrea moves on
Mar 02, 2013Cathrea takes top spot at San Fran women's qualifying
Mar 11, 2012Alexandra Wong takes San Francisco City Women's title
Mar 10, 2012Alexandra Wong to battle Jayshree Sarathy for SF City Women's title
Mar 04, 2012SF City Women's: Match play begins
Mar 03, 2012SF City Women's: Qualifying results
Mar 06, 2011Medalists Cathrea, Suh advance at SF City Women's
Mar 06, 2006SF City Championship: Women's Final
Mar 05, 2006SF City Championship: Women's Semi-final results
Feb 26, 2006SF City Championship: Women's Quarterfinal Results
Feb 25, 2006SF City Championship: Women's Rd of 16 Results
Feb 18, 2006SF City Championship: Women's Qualifying Results 2/18

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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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