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SF City Championship: Cocco Takes Historic Title

SAN FRANCISCO, California (March 11, 2007) -- Chadd Cocco of Moraga headed for the lunch break in today's 36-hole final match at the San Francisco City Championship four down to tournament medalist Reid Scarff of Oroville. But something must have clicked during the break - the explosive Cocco (who had 10 birdies in Saturday's semifinal) charged out of the gates on the second 18 and won the first six holes.

And while Scarff may have provided a little assistance with bogeys on the first three afternoon holes, Cocco kept the momentum swinging in his direction with a birdie at the par-5 fourth (the long hitting former Oregon state am champ dominated Harding's par-5's all weekend).

Scarff had plenty of fight left in him. The players halved the short 7th hole with birdies, and Scarff won the par-3 eighth with a par after Cocco missed the green and failed to convert. Then it was Scarff's turn at some par-5 magic. He hit driver, 3-wood to 8 feet at the ninth and converted the putt for eagle. The players were all square going into Harding Park's awesome back nine.

Cocco birdied the par-5 10th and 12th holes to go 2-up, but missed a short putt to go 3-up at No. 13. When Scarff won fifteen with a par and the players halved at sixteen, it came down to the par-3 17th (where John Daly famously missed a 3-footer in a playoff with Tiger Woods at the Amex) and Scarff had the honor. He went right after the flag, which was tucked on the right side of the green, but missed the surface and left a tough up-and-down. Cocco was looking for the fat of the green, but missed to the left.

"I was really trying for the middle of the green on 17, but I pulled the shot a bit," said Cocco. "We both had putts in the 8-10 foot range and I was slightly away -- when I made mine it was the biggest putt of the tournament for me."

In fact, it was the putt that won the tournament, as Scarff's putt to extend the match narrowly missed.

Other Divisions:

Diane Kwon of Fremont repeated as Women's Champ with a 3-and-2 victory over eighth-grader Grace Na of Alameda, while Carl Selkirk of Chico defeated Doug Johnson of Fresno, 3-and-1 in the senior division.

ABOUT THE San Francisco City CHAMPIONSHIP

NOTE: 2017 REGISTRATIONS CLOSED ON JAN. 15.

MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION
$300 ENTRY FEE INCLUDES ALL GREEN FEES.

156 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 120 entries, based on the earliest date received, with an index of 6.4 or lower as of 12/01/2016 shall go directly into the qualifying beginning on March 4, 2017. If more than 120 entries are received, the remaining entrants will pre- qualify for the final 36 spots on Friday, March 3, 2017 at Lincoln Park Golf. Pre-qualifiers who do not qualify 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. Competition will begin on March 11, 2017. All play for the Championship Flight will be held at TPC Harding Park Golf Course. Those contestants who post the 64th and 65th low scores will be deemed alternate #1 and #2, respectively.

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, 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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