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.
ROUND ONE STORY
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.