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Knoll, Schroeder to meet in senior final at San Francisco City
Jim Knoll
Jim Knoll

A giant in San Francisco City Championship lore fell on Saturday in the semifinals, which opens up an opportunity for another player to find a place for himself in the long-running tournament’s record books. Randy Haag won’t be around to defend his senior title on Sunday after losing to another top NCGA senior, Jim Knoll.

Haag fell relatively quickly on Saturday morning at TPC Harding Park. Knoll took down the top-seeded player by a 5-and-4 margin.

Last fall, Knoll won the NCGA Senior for his ninth career senior NCGA title. It was his first individual victory since the 2017 Sonoma Valley Amateur, and marked a resurgence in his game.

On Sunday, Knoll will face Steve Schroeder in the championship match. Schroeder reached that spot by a much smaller margin, taking down Andrew Gabelman on the 18th hole by a 2-up margin.

Schroeder played the 1989 and 1990 U.S. Open, missing the cut both times, and was runner-up at the 2014 San Francisco City Senior Championship.

The final match of the super senior championship will also be played on Sunday. In that division, Frank Pieper will take on Stuart Francis for the title.

ABOUT THE San Francisco City 2019 SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

MEN'S SENIOR DIVISION
$225 ENTRY FEE INCLUDES ALL GREEN FEES.

Open to the first 110 entries received. Participants must have an index of 9.4 or lower as of December 1 and must have an age of 55 or older as of the first day of the tournament. Qualifying will consist of one 18-hole stroke play round, from which the low 32 scores will advance to the Men’s Senior Championship Flight. Individual scores will determine seeding for match play. There will be no refunds after entries close. All rounds will be played at TPC Harding Park Golf Course.

*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.

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

ABOUT THE SAN FRANCISCO CITY CHAMPIONSHIP
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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