San Francisco City Championship Open Division Results
Rico Diaz was small but powerful in his match against Ken Cachia
Rico Diaz was small but powerful in his match against Ken Cachia

SAN FRANCISCO, California (Feb. 25, 2018) -- The first round of Open Division match play was contested on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 24 and 25 at Lincoln Park Golf Course, with it's amazing 17th hole overlooking the majestic Golden Gate Bridge.

The match of the weekend was definitely that between 12-year-old Rico Diaz from the SF First Tee of San Francisco against 33-year-old Ken Cachia. Despite his age (and height) disadvantage, Diaz advanced to the next round by a margin of 2 and 1. It's all friendly competition at "The City" -- and Cachia was happy to pose for a photo after the match.

Several matches went extra holes, including that between 13-year-old medalist Jackson Koivun and longtime Bay Area golfer Rick Shumate. Koivun ousted Shumate on the 20th hole.

One-upping Koivun in terms of length of match, Jason Stephens took 23 holes to defeat Bradley Haskins.

ABOUT THE San Francisco City 2019 OPEN FLIGHTS


Open to the first 210 entries received. No index is required. Contestants will play in an 18-hole qualifying round at Lincoln Park Golf Course. The low 192 scores following qualifying will be used to assign six (6) flights of 32 players each, as well as the seeding for match play. Qualifying, as well as the first four Open Flight rounds will be played at Lincoln Park Golf Course. The semifinal and final rounds will be played at TPC Harding Park Golf Course. There will be no refunds after entries close.

A schedule of all dates of play can be found on the tournament website sfgolfchampionship.com.

The oldest municipal tournament in the USA. Match play event with scratch men's, senior, women's, senior women's and open flight divisions. Past champions include Ken Venturi, Harvie Ward, Juli Inkster, Bob Rosburg, 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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