SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (Feb. 28, 2008)-- The Visa San Francisco City Championship is already well underway, with the Round of 16 starting Saturday at Harding Park Golf Course for the men's and women's championship flights. amateurgolf.com will be on site over the weekend providing video coverage, but before we touch down in San Francisco, we thought we'd bring you up to date on what you may have missed.
Colby Smith of Auburn was the medalist at 137, winning his first two matches against Derek Chang and Pat Phillips. Smith, who will play at UNLV next season, will meet up with amateurgolf.com tournament series veteran Freddy Wolfe in the Round of 16. Wolfe, a UC Berkeley golfer, topped Trent Tessler and Dylan Smith.
In typical SF City Championship fashion, the up-and-coming Smith was followed in qualifying by Bay Area golfing legend Gary Vanier, who is in his 50's. It should be no surprise that Vanier, an Olympic Club member, is still in the hunt, as he is a six-time winner of the event. For the tournament's history, and a full list of champions, click here.
Vanier topped Devin Hexner (30 years his junior) in the second round, and will have his hands full with the long-hitting Taylor Travis in the Round of 16.
Another golfer that surprised no one by making it this far was amateurgolf.com Tournament Series Player of the Year Randy Haag. The NCGA runner-up for POY defeated fellow Olympic Club member Stephen Molinelli, who had a moment in the sun last summer caddying for eventual U.S. Amateur champion Colt Knost at his home club.
Haag will take on Scott Hardy in what may be the marquee match up on Saturday.
Hardy, the golf coach at St. Mary's, has came very close to taking home the U.S. Mid-Amateur title in the past, and survived a scare from Sam Smith in the Round of 32, winning in 20 holes.
For the full championship flight bracket, click here.
The senior championship flight will feature another amateurgolf.com Player of the Year, Jay Guerin, who took medalist honors at 70 and will now take on James Miller in the quarterfinals, which take place March 8th.
Also still in the running are Jim Knoll, a veteran of several U.S. Senior Amateurs, and Frank Pieper, son of another Bay Area legend, Frank Pieper.
Defending champ Carl Selkirk will face off with Bob Fleming.
For the full senior championship bracket, click here.
In the women's flight, there will be a 4-for-6 playoff before action kicks off on Saturday, March 1, with medalist Diane Kwon of Fremont looking for her third straight title.
For the full women's championship bracket, click here.
A pair of regulars in the amateurgolf.com Tournament Series are still alive in the John Susko Flight of the Open Division. We wish Rick Shumate and James Grensted the best of luck.
For the full John Susko Flight bracket, click here, for the Ken Venture bracket, click here, and for the Harvie Ward bracket, click here.