By Matt Foley, exclusive to amateurgolf.com
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (February 18, 2006) –Stormy skies and wet conditions dampened
the Harding Park fairways, but not the spirits of the 64 golfers who teed off
today as match play rounds began in the SF City Championship.
Competitors battled several flurries of rain and hail in the afternoon after
the morning had stayed fairly cold, but dry. The greens, though, held up to
all that Mother Nature could dish out and managed to roll true most of the day.
- Joseph Bramlett, the Medalist during qualifiers, was able to make it off the
course before the foul weather really took hold. He continued his impressive
run with a 7&6 win over Richard Castanon. The Stanford bound senior did
not have what he considered his best round, but he managed to avoid any costly
- Christopher Wilderotter of Oakland advanced 1up over Purdue bound Ryan Thomas
in a match that needed all 18 holes to decide a winner. All Square going into
the final hole, Thomas found trouble in the trees off the tee which forced him
to punch out to safety. Wilderotter was able to hold him off, and will now advance
to face Bramlett in the Round of 32.
- Once again much of the talk today centered around 14 year old Martin Trainer.
In a see-saw affair, Trainer managed a 1up win over Elliot Wainwright, a match
that did not see him take the lead until the 11th hole. After losing the lead
again after 14, Trainer battled back to take a 1up lead after 17, and Wainwright
had his 35 foot putt on 18 roll just an inch left that would have sent the match
into extra holes. The Gunn High School Freshman moves on to play Justin Madison
of San Jose State.
- Justin Madison cruised to a 6&5 win over Scott Gilgallon. The San Jose
State Senior will be heading to Q School and the Canadian Tour later this spring.
But first up he has 14 year old phenom Martin Trainer in what should be one
of the feature matches in the Round of 32. Gilgallon did pull off one of the
shots of the day on the par 4 13th. After receiving relief from dirt near the
cart path, he was able to thread a 3 wood out of the rough and through the maze
of trees and landed it 15 feet from the cup. Unfortunately that only earned
him a halve of the hole.
- Cal Golden Bear Brandon Beck survived a topsy-turvy match-up with Jim Porter
of Vacaville. Porter started out extremely hot, holing from off the green and
taking a 2up lead early on. Beck, however, stayed strong and managed to pull
away thanks to a string of birdies on the back nine. He finished with a 3&2
victory following his back to back pars on 15 and 16. He advances to face Keigo
Painter of Burlingame.
- Keigo Painter never trailed en route to a 5&3 win over impressive youngster
Josh Bleyle of Mill Valley. Bleyle battled Harding Park and the wet conditions
in his comfortable running shoes. Painter was equally impressive on the day,
playing solid golf that never allowed his opponent an opening.
- Perhaps the upset of the day came from the #4/#61 match-up. Rob Frye, who
advanced to match play during extra hole qualifying, upset 5 time SF City Champ
Gary Vanier 2&1. Frye secured the win with a birdie on 17, thanks to a masterful
tee shot that took a fortuitous hop off the ridge in front of the green and
rolled to within 4 feet.
- In the tightest match of the day, Taylor Travis of Fremont needed 3 extra
holes to finally fend off John Enright of Montara.
- While many matches ended early, leaving several twosomes to navigate the
course down the stretch, at least one foursome had all four competitors battling
it out to the wire. Jeff Hamm used a late comeback to down Phillip Herrera.
Hamm trailed 1down on 16, but pulled out the 1up win. In the same foursome,
Blake Yu and Michael Donnelly headed to 16 All Square, with Donnelly holding
on for a 1up win.
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