Grimes is Medalist at San Francisco City

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (February 27, 2011) -- Patrick Grimes of Palo Alto qualified in style over the weekend at Lincoln and Harding Park golf courses, firing even par at Lincoln on Saturday and 4-under at Harding Sunday for a two round total of 136.

Grimes took Medalist honors by three shots over Timothy Bordeaux. Grimes got off to a solid start at Lincoln at Saturday, but Sunday at Harding Park was where he really got going.

"The course was really dry given some of the weather we've been having," Grimes told amateurgolf.com.

"The greens were firm, quick and smooth -- the highlight of my day was making a 45-foot putt from the front of the green on the 13th."

A senior at Menlo School in Atherton, Grimes recently signed a letter of intent with Stanford. And while handicapping matches in this eclectic tournament is nearly impossible, put Grimes on a short list of favorites -- he was a semi-finalist in the 2010 championship.

"After seeing the shape Harding is in, I'm really looking forward to match play," said Grimes.

This year's tournament has been condensed to a 32 player match play field -- defending champion George Gandranata compete against 28 players who posted 147 or better plus the winners of a 8-for-3 playoff at 148.

Randy Haag, the 2010 NCGA Player of the year who posts his own blog at www.randyhaag.com, predicted that the normal qualifying range of 150 would be a few shots lower and he nailed it on the button.

Haag, who played Saturday at Lincoln and Sunday at Harding, qualified comfortably at 70-75=145, tied for 12th.

By changing the match play field to 32, and making the semi-finals a 18 hole match instead of 36, the tournament committee has chopped one weekend off of the schedule. The hope is that many players who could not take so much time will compete, thus improving the overall strength of field.

Results For San Francisco City 2018 MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP
WinCABrandon HagyWestlake Village, CA180
Runner-upCAJack PersonsSan Francisco, CA120
SemifinalsWAT.J. BordeauxTacoma, WA80
SemifinalsCAPatrick KucichStockton, CA80
QuarterfinalsCAGeorge GandranataEmeryville, CA50

View full results for San Francisco City 2018 MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP

ABOUT THE San Francisco City Championship


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.

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.

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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