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Champions Crowned at 102nd San Francisco City
Jason Anthony won his first SF City Championship on Sunday
Jason Anthony won his first SF City Championship on Sunday

SAN FRANCISCO, California (March 18, 2018) — Over two weeks ago, top Bay Area golfers began their campaigns to earn the prestigious and storied title of San Francisco City Golf Champion, an honor sought after by local greats like Johnny Miller and Ken Venturi, as well as by visiting collegiate talents like Tom Watson who tried his luck in the event during his years at Stanford. For the 102nd year in a row, “The City” has delivered a company of worthy champions.

Breaking through to win his first SF City Championship title, Jason Anthony, 34, was able to get the best of his young opponent Max Ting in Sunday’s 36-hole final match of the 64-man match play event. Anthony, who had been trying to end the match for some time, was able to finally finish 18-year-old high school senior on the par-3 17th.

“It was kind of getting away from me on the back nine. You know, its a lot of golf. I’m 34 years old, playing against 18-year-olds. It’s a lot of golf and my body really did start to give out. Just needed to fight as hard as I could, and got it done.”

A product of Bay Area golf and a quarterfinalist in last years event, there were few in the field more deserving of a win this weekend then Jason “Old Man” Anthony.

San Francisco City Winners
(Global Golf Post photo)

In the Senior division, Randy Haag defeated Scott Anderson, closing the match 4&3 with a win on the par-4 15th. The 2018 senior champion and part-time golf blogger is no stranger to success on the Harding fairways, with wins in both the senior and men’s championship divisions in 2016 and 1999 respectively. This victory, however, follows what was a tough year at Harding Park in 2017 for Haag.

“I played some of my poorest golf (last year),” explained Haag. "As a matter of fact, it might have been my worst loss ever on this golf course, so there was some vindication in my mind for everything that was off that day.”

Today, all was forgiven for Haag, who is once again taking home the trophy of the tournament that he calls the most important tournament in his life, a big statement coming from a guy who has played in 38 USGA events, including seven U.S. Amateur Championships and three U.S. Senior Opens. For Haag though, the Bay area is home, and there are few better places to be known as the champ than among your own.

In the Women's Championship, Los Altos High School senior Simar Singh was able to hold off Aman Sangha, former Cañada College team captain and recent Portland State commit. The two went 33 holes before Singh closed out the match, 4&3.

“We’ve been playing with each other since I was eight years old and she was maybe ten. I respect her game so much, and she is a great competitor and a great friend,” said Singh of her opponent Sangha who is just a few years older.

Like Sangha, the 17-year-old Singh will also be heading to the Pacific Northwest this fall, where she will begin her college career playing Division I NCAA golf at the University of Oregon.

In the Super Senior division, Mark Miller scored a 4&3 win over Mike Parnow to add a Super Senior title to the Senior championship he won in 2011.

In the Open Flights, the winners were: Tyler Burnes (Ken Venturi Flight), Matthew Fegley (George Archer Flight), Abi Vickram (Mayor Ed Lee Flight), Brad Payne (Sandy Tatum Flight), and Naputt Aroonchaipirom (Ray Pelligrini Flight).

Results: San Francisco City Championship
WinCAJason AnthonyFairfield, CA180
Runner-upCAMax TingAtherton, CA120
SemifinalsCACaleb ShetlerSaratoga, CA80
SemifinalsCATommy SemereauxSan Francisco, CA80
QuarterfinalsCAJoseph ChunIrvine, CA50

View full results for San Francisco City 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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