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First round of match play complete at San Francisco City Championship
02 Mar 2013
by Benjamin Larsen of AmateurGolf.com

see also: TPC Harding Park Golf Course, Alex Franklin Profile

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (March 2, 2013) -- The first round of match play is complete at the 2013 San Francisco City Championship and a number of matches went the distance --- and then some at TPC Harding Park.

Six matches went at least 18 holes, including five that needed extra golf to settle things.

Stroke-play medalist and top-seeded Andrew Biggadike needed 23 of them to knock off No. 32 Ryan Gronlund. Gronlund, the 16- year-old from Pleasanton, prevailed out of an eight- player playoff in last week's qualifier.

The top seed on the other half of the bracket also won. Tim Nelson knocked off Connor Blick 3-and-2 to advance to Sunday's round of 16 matches. Connor is the brother of 2012 champion Cody Blick.

In a matchup of two of the region's top players and the reigning amateurgolf.com Tournament Series co- Players of the Year, No. 3 seed Alex Franklin knocked off Northern California amateur legend Randy Haag, 3-and-1.

Justin Suh, seeded sixth, knocked off Jay Burlinson, 3-2, while No. 7 William Brueckner took down Stephen Molinelli, 2- and-1.

The ninth seed, Nick Ushijima, prevailed over Tanner Hughes, 3-and-2 while No. 10 Luke Vivolo took down Andrew Buchanan easily, winning 5-and-3 and t No. 11, Justin Paglia needed 19 holes to eliminate No. 22 Tommy Semeraux. Finally, M.J. Morin, seeded 16th, knocked off Esan Geroux in 19 holes.

Seven of the opening-round matches resulted in upsets.

At the top of the bracket, No. 4 Andrew Roberts was the highest seed to go down in early action. He fell to No. 29 Isaiah Salinda, 6-and-5.

No. 5 Andrew Morgan also fell victim to an upset, taking a 19-hole defeat at the hands of No. 28 Nicholas Rogers.

Eighth-seeded Nicholas Noya lost to No. 25 Austin Roberts, 8-and-7 while No. 12 Ryan Maund was also upset, falling to No. 21 Cameron Shaw in 18 holes.

No. 13 Hayden Shieh fell to a higher seed. The red-hot Shintaro Ban, who leads the amateurgolf.com California Player of the Year Points Race early on, dispatched of Shieh, 3-and-2, despite being seeded 20th.

No. 14 Brandon Baumgarten fell to No. 19 Josh Levin in 19 holes. while No. 18 Jimmy Castles defeated 15th-seeded Maxwell Plank, 4-and-3.

Match play continues Sunday morning at Harding Park with the Round of 16. Quarterfinal, semifinal and championship-round action will continue next weekend.

Amateurgolf.com will continue to provide coverage as the San Francisco City Championships move on. For more coverage on the Seniors and Women's events, click the following links: Seniors | Womens
ABOUT THE San Francisco City CHAMPIONSHIP

NOTE: 2017 REGISTRATIONS CLOSED ON JAN. 15.

MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION
$300 ENTRY FEE INCLUDES ALL GREEN FEES.

156 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 120 entries, based on the earliest date received, with an index of 6.4 or lower as of 12/01/2016 shall go directly into the qualifying beginning on March 4, 2017. If more than 120 entries are received, the remaining entrants will pre- qualify for the final 36 spots on Friday, March 3, 2017 at Lincoln Park Golf. Pre-qualifiers who do not qualify 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. Competition will begin on March 11, 2017. All play for the Championship Flight will be held at TPC Harding Park Golf Course. Those contestants who post the 64th and 65th low scores will be deemed alternate #1 and #2, respectively.

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.

View Complete Tournament Information

Results For San Francisco City 2017 MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP
WinCAWilliam BruecknerWalnut Creek, CA180
Runner-upCAIsaiah SalindaSouth San Francisco, CA120
SemifinalsCAAndrew BiggadikeBelmont, CA80
SemifinalsCAAlex FranklinSan Rafael, CA80
QuarterfinalsCANick UshijimaHillsborough, CA50

View full results for San Francisco City 2017 MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP

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