San Francisco City: Connolly and Baumgarten take 5 extra holes
Daniel Connolly (Steve Lewis photo)
Daniel Connolly (Steve Lewis photo)

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (Feb. 28, 2016) -- 16 players remain at the San Francisco City after a day of upsets and a 23-hole marathon match.

Dominic Salomone, the top-seed, was upset 3&2 by Ben Peters leaving Noah Shiek as the highest seed left in the field (10). Shiek, a former University of Oregon golfer, took down Christian Banke (brother of last year's women's champion Sara Banke) 4&2.

The match of the day was between two future Division I college golfers; Bryan Baumgarten and Daniel Connolly. Baumgarten, a soon to be University of Illinois Illini -- and a semifinalist last year -- had a stretch of seven birdies in nine holes which put him 2-up with three to play.

Connolly, an upcoming SMU Mustang, battled back and forced extra holes. Amazingly, the high school seniors halved the first three playoff holes with birdies, with Connolly eventually pulling the match out on the fifth playoff hole.

Steve Lewis, of the San Francisco City Championship committee, said of the match:

"It was a slugfest of birdies and eagles. Connolly missed a ten footer on the fourth extra hole to let the match go to the next where he was able to get it up and down from greenside for birdie after two powerful shots."

Another highlight of the weekend's play was 14-year-old Lucas Carper of San Jose, who reached the round-of-16 for the second-straight year. Carper, who attends Leland High School in San Jose, eagled his final hole on Saturday to defeat Alex Chin (see video above). Today he had an easier time of it in a 5-and-4 victory over Alex Park.

The round of 16 will continue on March 5th. You can check out the entire bracket by clicking the results link below.


Some of the same characteristics that can make The Presidio Golf Course so tough to play in stroke play -- as some of the field who missed the cut found out last weekend -- make it interesting in match play.

There are some tight holes with O.B., and of course those San Francisco huge Eucalyptus and Monterey Pine trees that might have caused longer hitting players to play cautiously last weekend. But get 2 or 3 down, and the driver is probably coming out.

Today marked the first round of match play, and only one of the co-medalists advanced, Dominic Salomone. He won a close battle over a seasoned mid-amateur golfer from the Olympic Club, Dan O'Connor, 1-up.

Drew Karen wasn't as lucky -- he bowed out against Matt Grush, 2-and-1.

To view the full bracket, click on the results link below.

Results For San Francisco City 2018 MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP
WinCADaniel ConnollySan Francisco, CA180
Runner-upCANoah SheikhWoodside, CA120
SemifinalsCABen PetersRedwood City, CA80
SemifinalsORMarcus PotterTualatin, OR80
QuarterfinalsCARoshan ChekuriPleasanton, CA50

View full results for San Francisco City 2018 MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP

ABOUT THE San Francisco City Championship


144 contestants will be allowed to qualify for the Men’s Championship flight. Qualifying will consist of 36 holes played at TPC Harding Park and Lincoln Park Golf Courses. The first 110 entries, based on the earliest date received, with an index of 6.4 or lower as of 12/01/2017 shall go directly into the qualifying beginning on March 3, 2018. If more than 110 entries are received, the remaining entrants will pre-qualify for the final 34 spots on Friday, March 2, 2018 at Lincoln Park Golf. Pre-qualifiers who do not qualify for the 144 player qualifying field will be refunded $150. Entrants who do not show for pre-qualifying will not be entitled to a refund. Once all qualifying has been completed, the Men’s Championship Flight will consist of 63 contestants from the Men’s Championship qualifier, as well as the Past Champion, who will hold the number two seed.

If the Defending Champion elects to play for Medalist honors the right to the number two seed will be forfeited. The past champion, if qualifying, will be seeded accordingly. Match play will begin on March 10, 2018. All match play for the Championship Flight will be held at TPC Harding Park.

*In the event of a playoff for match play a player must be present in order to retain his right to participate in the playoff.

The following comprise the exemption categories for the 2018 San Francisco City Golf Championship Pre- Qualifying:

* The Past Ten years of San Francisco City Champions
* 2017 San Francisco City men’s Championship Match Play Qualifiers
* Top 20 Individuals 2016-2017 NCGA Points List
* 2017 NCGA Champions (Amateur, Mid-Amateur, Junior)
* 2017 USGA Event Qualifiers (Amateur, Mid- Amateur, Junior)

NOTE: The Tournament Committee retains the right to make exceptions to the exempt categories as deemed appropriate.

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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