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San Francisco City 2019 Men's Championship PRE-QUALIFIER
March 01 2019
San Francisco, CA

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Tournament Overview

San Francisco City 2019 Men's Championship PRE-QUALIFIER
** If you are an exempt player, register for the San Francisco City Men's Championship here starting November 1.

** If you are non-exempt player with a handicap index of 6.4 or less, register for the San Francisco City Men's Championship here starting December 1.

Once the field limit is reached, all additional entrants will enter the pre-qualifier as described below.

MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION PRE- QUALIFIER
Those entering pre-qualifying will pay an entry fee of $150 for the pre-qualifier to be held March 1, 2019 at Lincoln Park. Those advancing from the pre-qualifier will pay an additional $150 and will play in the 36- hole stroke play qualifying played at TPC Harding Park and Lincoln Park Golf Courses on March 2-3, 2019. The low 64 will then advance to the match play phase of the championship.

ABOUT THE SAN FRANCISCO CITY CHAMPIONSHIP
The oldest municipal tournament in the USA. Match play event with scratch senior, women's and net divisions. Past champions include Ken Venturi, Harvie Ward, Juli Inkster, Bob Rosburg, 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.

Search Terms

Format: Stroke Play
Categories: Men
Regions: Northern California, Pacific

Course

Lincoln Park Golf Course Lincoln Park Golf Course
3139 Clement St
San Francisco, CA  94121
phone: (415) 221-9911

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.

PAST CHAMPIONS

2018 Jason Anthony
2017 Brian Ma
2016 Daniel Connolly
2015 Justin Suh
2014 Shintaro Ban
2013 Will Brueckner
2012 Cody Blick
2011 Brandon Hagy
2010 George Gandranata
2009 Carlos Briones
2008 Martin Trainer
2007 Chad Cocco
2006 Will Johnson
2005 Michael Wilson
2004 Steve Sparolini
2003 Rick Reinsberg
2002 Mike Schmitz
2001 James Hay
2000 Nick Ushijima
1999 Randy Haag
1998 Scott Watson
1997 Dave Parsons
1996 Jim Evans
1995 Jim Evans
1994 Gary Vanier
1993 Joey Cabrera
1992 Gary Vanier
1991 Mark Sear
1990 John Groth, Jr.
1989 Aly Trompas
1988 Gary Vanier
1987 Richard Petit
1986 Gary Vanier
1985 Gary Vanier
1984 Aly Trompas
1983 Frank Mazion
1982 Ray Pellegrini
1981 Kurt Posey
1980 John Susko
1979 Frank Mazion
1978 John Susko
1977 Mark Hillsinger
1976 Aly Trompas
1975 Dave Baskins
1974 Tom Culligan
1973 Gilberto Torres
1972 John Cranston
1971 Gary Vanier
1970 Bill Paulson
1969 Mike Moriarty
1968 Ray Leach
1967 Bob E. Smith
1966 Larry Anderson
1965 Walt Gilliam
1964 Ken Towns
1963 George Archer
1962 Tom Dixon
1961 Verne Callison
1960 Bob Sylvestri
1959 Bob Sylvestri
1958 Bill McCool
1957 Tal Smith
1956 Ken Venturi
1955 Harvie Ward
1954 Cy Pennel
1953 Ken Venturi
1952 Bob Sylvestri
1951 Robert Cardinal
1950 Ken Venturi
1949 Ed Castagnetto
1948 Richard Bailey
1947 James Molinari
1946 Ed Castagnetto
1945 William Fritz
1944 Ed Castagnetto
1943 Louis Jennings
1942 James Molinari
1941 Ernest Carli
1940 William Higgins
1939 James Molinari
1938 Frank Toronto
1937 James E. French, Jr.
1936 Dale Goodart
1935 Jack Finger
1934 Charles Ferrera
1933 Edgar Haber
1932 Charles Ferrera
1931 A.G. Sato
1930 Charles Ferrera
1929 Dr. Jack Wolfe
1928 George Ritchie
1927 George Ritchie
1926 James A. Ritchie
1925 Larry Kelly
1924 John F. Neville
1923 John J. McHugh
1922 John F. Neville
1921 John J. McHugh
1920 Charles E. Foley
1919 Sam L. Conlon, Jr.
1918 E. J. O'Brien
1917 Fitzgerald Marx

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