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SF City Championship: Pre-Qualifying

San Francisco, CA (Feb 18, 2005) -- Danny Buell wasn't phased by having to 'pre-qualify' at Lincoln Park to secure his spot in the Championship qualifier being held this weekend for the SF City Championship.

He simply arrived at Lincoln Park, fired a 5-under-par 63 -- 3 strokes off the course record of 60 jointly held by John Susko and John Harrington -- to provide him with a bucket of confidence for this weekend's qualifier.

"I wasn't expecting to play THAT well," explained Buell, relaxing Friday evening at his home in San Carlos.

"I figured even-par would be solid."

Buell made par on the difficult first hole at Lincoln after a solid drive set him up for his approach. Then he birdied 2 and 3, the latter the result of a tee shot to 4-feet on the par 3. He closed the front with birdies at 7 and 8, and a nice par on the uphill 9th. And things really started to get good at the 10th.

There, a driver tee shot on the reachable par 4 not only made the green, it nestled to 5 feet away and he made the eagle putt to go 6-under.

A bogey on 14 stopped the momentum ever-so-briefly, as Buell came right back with a birdie on 15 and solid pars on the "par 3's that play like par 4's," Lincoln Park's 16th and 17th holes. He closed the round with his only other bogey, at the 18th.

Buell played college golf one year at Fresno State, where he once fired 64 in the final round of the Western Intercollegiate at Pasatiempo. He currently attends the College of San Mateo, which doesn't have a golf team.

This will be his first San Francisco City Championship.

Results will be posted shortly, as of this posting it appeared that 75 would be good enough to qualify.

Other notes:

-- To read an article from the SF Chronicle about Sandy Tatum and American Express saving the SF City this year, click here

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Story by Pete Wlodkowski, for amateurgolf.com

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