By Lila Hillard - exclusive for amateurgolf.com
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (February 25, 2006) -- A brisk cold wind and pale winter sunshine
set the stage for the first round of match play for 16 qualifying women golfers
at Harding Park in the 90th San Francisco City Golf Championships on Saturday,
Defending champion and ten time past winner, Sally Krueger, faced a worthy
foe in 15 year old Emily Childs (the 16th seed from Alameda). Well matched,
the two players kept even throughout most of the match. Childs made an eagle
on 12 and they were all square on 15. Coming into the par 3 17th hole, Krueger
was 1 up over Childs. Childs sank a 20 -foot birdie to go even and to stay in
On 18, Krueger hit a stylish drive, splitting the fairway with a perfectly
placed tee shot, while Childs found the right fairway bunker. Childs hit out
of the sand and then hit a beautiful high wedge approach shot pin high. Krueger
was on the green in two after a nice iron and then just missed a 30-foot putt
for a 4. Childs needed her 8-foot putt to stay in the match. She almost holed
out, instead, lipping in and out of the hole, to give Krueger the match 1 up
and victory. Consistent in her game and gracious in her victory, Krueger said
of her young opponent Childs, “She is a lovely player”.
Eva Monisteri, of San Mateo who won this event in 2003, closed out her match
4 and 2 on the 16th against Emily Dougherty of Menlo Park. Monisteri was 4 up
after 9, but Dougherty hung in with a chip-in on 10 and a nice birdie on 11.
Monisteri birdied the 3rd and the 12th. “I don’t think about the
score and just try to hit one shot at a time”, said Monisteri.
The number 2 seed Christina Stockton from Auburn, who was the low qualifier,
had an easy time as her opponent Diana Hong withdrew, with Stockton winning
The number 3 seed from San Jose, Melissa Bagley, went 2 and 1 against her opponent
Nell O’Donnell and Jennifer Hirano went 2-1 against Valerie Ogawa. Both
ended their matches on 17.
Finding easier victories were Christina Hirano going 4 and 3 against Katrina
Delen-Briones, twelve-year-old Grace Na going 5 and 4 against Kai Delen-Briones,
and Diane Kwon going 4 and 3 against Kelly Wilson.
The eight winners will return to Harding Park on Sunday, February 26
to begin the quarterfinals starting at 8:00. To view a complete match play bracket,