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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

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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