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San Francisco City: Hakim and Choe Share Medalist Honors
TPC Harding Park <br>(AmateurGolf.com Photo)
TPC Harding Park
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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (March 5, 2017) -- Multiple hail storms, 30 mph winds, and mud balls were just a few of the challenges players faced as they battled for one of 64 match play spots in the 2017 San Francisco City Amateur.

For the second year in row, the medalist honors were shared by high school golfers at even-par 140. This year it is San Ramon's Ashkaan Hakim and Orinda's Brendon Choe.

Hakim, a future St. Mary's Gael, and winner of the AmateurGolf.com Christmas Classic, fired back-to-back even-par rounds, his latest a 68 at Lincoln Park Golf Course. Choe has played very steady over two days, tallying three birdies, three bogeys, and the rest pars for rounds of 71 (Harding) and 69 (Lincoln).

Some notable players to advance include: last year's semifinalist Ben Peters (143), 2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur quarterfinalist Jason Anthony (147), 2016 California State Amateur semifinalist Sebastian Crampton (148), and last year's SF City runner-up Noah Sheikh (150).

The cut to the low 64 fell at 14-over 154 with five players tied for the final two spots. The players included: Kyle Wilkinson, Andrew Bernick, Aditya Kumar, Stephen Molinelli, and Travis Peterson.

Molinelli and Kumar dropped out so the three players battled it out on the 175 yard par-3 17th at TPC Harding Park. With the wind blowing hard into the players faces, none of the tee shots found the surface which left difficult chip shots.

Bernick was first to play, flopping it to 15 feet. Peterson followed with a nifty flop to just six feet away. Lastly, Wilkinson hit a nice pitch and run to eight feet. No one made their putt for par. In fact, Peterson and Bernice each three putted which allowed Wilkinson to move on with a bogey.

Now moving to the 18th hole, Bernick's tee shot deflected off a tree on the left hand side and found the hazard. Peterson was able to put it in play down the right, giving him the final match play spot.

Match play will begin Saturday, March 11 and will be played entirely at TPC Harding Park.



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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