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San Francisco City: Soicher and VanderVeer Among Leaders
14-year-old Ben Soicher is an early leader
14-year-old Ben Soicher is an early leader

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (March 4, 2017) -- Cold, wet, and windy conditions greeted players for the start of the 101st annual San Francisco City Championship.

Not a single under-par round was had at the 5,416 yard Lincoln Park Golf Course. However, even-par rounds of 68 were shot by five players including: Menlo Park's Tucker Kenny, San Francisco native Stephen Sparolini, Brian Ma of Milpitas, Isaiah Choi of San Ramon, and Ben Soicher of Milly Valley.

Soicher, a 14-year-old who impressed us with an 8th-place finish at the AmateurGolf.com Wine Country Cup last weekend, tallied three birdies and three bogeys on the day. His most impressive birdie came on the 240 yard par-3 16th where he hit driver short of the green and pitched it in for birdie. It was only the second birdie on the hole for the day.

Leading the pack at Harding Park were a trio of players including: St. Mary's freshman Dylan Vanderveer, Orinda's Brendon Choe, and Los Gatos native Cameron Henry.

Vanderveer's round included a three-hole stretch of 4-under after birdies on 7 and 8 followed by an eagle on the par-5 9th. Henry and Choe each played very steady, tallying two birdies and one bogey on the day.

Players will swap courses for tomorrow's round which will be followed by a cut to the low 64 players for match play. Last year the cut fell at 153 (+13) and it looks like this year is on track for a similar number.

The average score at Lincoln Park today was just under 76 while Harding's average was 78.6.

Defending champion Daniel Connolly is not the field, leaving the number one match play seed up for grabs tomorrow.

Results For San Francisco City 2018 MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP
WinCABrian MaMilpitas, CA180
Runner-upEnglandSeb Crookall-NixonEngland120
SemifinalsCANed JensenSan Francisco, CA80
SemifinalsCABrandon JacobsThousand Oaks, CA80
QuarterfinalsIDGraysen HuffEagle, ID50

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

ABOUT THE San Francisco City Championship

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

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.

EXEMPTIONS
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.

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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