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Rich Rowley Ousts Defending champion Randy Haag in SF City Senior Quarters
Gary Vanier <br>(NCGA Photo)
Gary Vanier
(NCGA Photo)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (March 15, 2017) -- Top-seed Gary Vanier has advanced to the San Francisco City Championship Senior Division semifinals but defending champion Randy Haag has not.

In the upset of the tournament, 26-seed Rich Rowley continued his run with a 5&4 upset victory over Haag. In three matches thus far Rowley has yet to play past the 16th hole and that trend continued Wednesday. Rowley will now face 22-seed Jeff Britton in the second semifinal on Saturday morning at TPC Harding Park.

Britton moved on with a 20 hole grind it out win over No. 30 Ray Kong.

The previously mentioned Vanier continued his march to the finals with a hard fought 2&1 triumph over 25-seed Jeff Donnelly.

Vanier will look to punch his ticket to Sunday mornings final against No. 20 Bob Burnett who outlasted No. 28 Steve Donnelly 2&1 as well.

ROUND OF 16 RECAP

Wednesday's San Francisco City Championship Senior Division have been set and the top two-seeds are still alive.

Top-seed Gary Vanier moved on at TPC Harding Park with a comfortable 5&4 victory in the Round of 16 over Malcom Fairbairn. Vanier will now face 25-seed John Donnelly in the quarterfinals. Donnelly advanced thanks to a grinding 22 hole victory over No. 24 Bruce Cardinal.

No. 2 Randy Haag, the defending champion, moved on as well with a 6&5 triumph over No. 18 Mel Collins. Haag will be facing 26-seed Rich Rowley in the quarters after Rowley was a 3&2 winner over No. 7 Tom Scarlett in the Round of 16.

The final two quarterfinal matches will feature No. 20 Bob Burnett and No. 28 Steve Donnelly; No. 30 Ray Kong and No. 22 Jeff Britton.

Play will resume on Wednesday morning at 7:30 a.m. PST with the winners advancing to Saturday's semifinals. The championship match will be played on Sunday.

SUPER SENIOR DIVISION

Among those moving onto the quarterfinals in the Super Senior Division is top-seed Herb Jensen. On Tuesday in the Round of 16 Jensen handled No. 16 Malcolm Bund in a tight match 2&1.

He will now face eight-seed Rob Johnson in the quarterfinals following his 22 hole victory over No. 9 Frank Pieper.

The biggest upset of the first round of match play came when No. 15 Bob Thomason easily bested two-seed David Bosley 6&5. Thomason will now face seven-seed Mark Williams on Wednesday. Williams defeated No. 10 Robert Callan in the Round of 16.

The other two quarterfinal matches will feature No. 4 Joseph Rodgers and No. 12 Jack Bieber; No. 3 Tom O'Grady and No. 14 Allan Jamieson.

Play will resume on Wednesday morning at 7:30 a.m. PST with the winners advancing to Saturday's semifinals. The championship match will be played on Sunday.

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ABOUT THE San Francisco City SENIOR

NOTE: 2017 REGISTRATIONS CLOSED ON JAN. 15.

MEN'S SENIOR DIVISION
$275 ENTRY FEE INCLUDES ALL GREEN FEES.

Open to the first 72 entries received. Participants must have an index of 9.4 or lower on 12/01/16 and must have an age of 55 or older as of March 7, 2017. Qualifying will consist of one 18-hole stroke play round. Along with the defending champion, who will hold the number two seed, the low 31 scores will advance to the Men's Senior Championship Flight. Individual scores will determine seeding for match play. Contestants who don’t qualify will be refunded $125. No- shows will not be entitled to a refund. All rounds will be played at TPC Harding Park Golf Course. Those contestants who post the 32nd and 33rd 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 open 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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