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San Francisco City qualifying starts in a month

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (Jan. 5, 2009) -- Known simply as "The City" to residents of the Bay Area, the nation's oldest and most popular municipal tournament will begin qualifying next month.

The San Francisco City Championship, which will be held over consecutive weekends from Feb. 7 - March 8. There are five different flights, all with different qualifying and match play dates, for a full look at these dates, or to register, click here.

Get your entries in ASAP, because out of the 240 entries received, 96 contestants proceed directly into the Championship flight qualifying based upon the exempt categories or by earliest date entry received. The balance of contestants will have to compete in a one round pre-qualifying competition at Lincoln Park Golf Course on Friday, Feb. 13th. The low 48 qualifiers will advance to the weekend qualifying at Lincoln Park and Harding Park Golf Courses.

Over that weekend, the low 63 scores completing the 36 hole qualifying from the field of 144 contestants will advance to match play at Harding Park along with defending champion Martin Trainer, who is the automatic the No. 1 seed for match play. Individual scores will determine the rest of match play seeding.

To read about last year’s thrilling final match between Trainer and Randy Haag, click here, to view footage from the quarterfinals, click here.

For a bit of history on this event, keep on reading.

The San Francisco City Golf Championship is an annual golf tournament hosted by the City of San Francisco. It is a match play event and boasts one of the largest fields of any tournament in the nation. The field is broken down into four separate divisions: Men's Championship, Men's Senior, Women’s, and Open Division.

The tourney was inaugurated in 1917 and is the country's oldest municipal golf tournament. The Women's division was added in 1958. In its early years, the tournament was hosted by the Sun-Bulletin newspaper and has had numerous presenting sponsors throughout its history including Varner-Ward Leasing, Roos Atkins, Tom Culligan, Pepsi, and Visa.

The field is primarily comprised of Northern California's finest amateur golfers; however, players of national and international heritage occasionally contest for the title simple known as "The City." As a matter of fact, the 1999 field included Mark Murphy of Waterville, Ireland, who made it to the quarterfinals before being ousted in a nail-biter by Gary Vanier. (Vanier eventually lost to Randy Haag in what was called the best final since Ken Venturi beat Harvey Ward in 1956 in front of 12,000 fans.)

Another thing that makes the City Championship a unique event is the inclusion of an "Open" Division, allowing for golfers of varying abilities to compete. The top two flights in the Open Division, named the "Venturi" and "Susko" respectively, are named for two of the tournaments' most popular competitors, Ken Venturi and John Susko, the latter of whom met an untimely death from Crohn's disease in 1983. Susko is remembered as a popular Lincoln Park golfer who won the City Championship in 1978 and 1980, won the Alameda Commuters in 1981, and participated in a number of National amateur events even with a condition that often sidelined him for weeks at a time.

Those familiar with the City Championship will tell you about the tradition of playing the ball as it lies at San Francisco's Lincoln and Harding Park Golf Courses in less than ideal conditions. More than one player has marched in to the tournament office claiming that they will never play again, but their applications usually find their way in the following year. Conditions are the same for everyone; the ability to accept the occasional bad break is paramount to a competitor's success.

Past champions include 1964 US Open Champion Ken Venturi, 1999 US Women's Open Champion Julie Inkster, and 1969 Masters Champion George Archer. More recently, LPGA Tour player Dorothy Delasin* of Daly City (winner of the 1998 US Junior Girls Championship and 1999 US Women's Amateur) claimed the Women's City Championship in 1998.

For a full list of former champions, click here.



Results For San Francisco City 2018 MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP
WinCACarlos BrionesSan Lorenzo, CA150
Runner-upCanadaJamie CoreCanada100
SemifinalsCAScott HardyPleasant Hill, CA65
SemifinalsCADrew OlsonBerkeley, CA65
QuarterfinalsCARandy HaagOrinda, CA45

View full results for San Francisco City 2018 MEN'S 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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