SF City Championship: Senior - R2 Match Play

Aches, Pains, and Upsets
By Lila Hillard

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (Feb 22, 2006) -- Some upsets and players fighting aches and colds marked the San Francisco City Golf Championship Senior Men’s Match Play Round of 16 on Wednesday February 22 at Harding Park.

Number 1 seed, and last year's winner, Rob Thompson from Merced lost to number 17 seed Warren Wincorn of the Olympic Club on the 22nd hole by three putting from the fringe. It was a great match with Thompson making a birdie on 11, an eagle on 12, and a birdie on 13 but Wincorn hung in and made a par on the fourth extra hole to close out the match.

Jeff Newkirk (seeded 20) of Santa Cruz upset 4th seeded Lou Alvarez 3 and 2. Newkirk hit a 130 yard 8 iron into the wind on the 13th for birdie, made a par on 15, and birdied the 16th to win his match. Alvarez was playing with a sore back throughout the tough competition.

Ronnie Wiley of San Francisco Golf Club defeated Gary Shemano 2 and 1. Wiley sank a birdie putt on the 13th and later closed out the match on the 17th.

Two-time champion Earl Stewart of Fairfax, suffering from bronchitis, lost his match 2 and 1 to Jeff Early of Pleasanton. Early had a conceded three-foot eagle putt on 12 and hit a 6 iron to two feet on 17 to close out the match.

The inspirational player award goes to Bob Fries, the former Track Coach at Fresno City College and a long-time competitive amateur. Just a week before qualifying, Fries had 2 stents put in his heart. He managed to shoot a 75 for his qualifying round (bettering his age by one year). In today’s match he lost to Dave Carroll of Silverado 5 and 4. Carroll had an eagle on 12 during his round.

- For a complete match play bracket, click here>
- To view results from other divisions, click on the tournament link at the top of this page.

Competition continues tomorrow, Thursday February 23, at Harding Park with the remaining 8 players facing each other in match play, starting at 7:30.

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