Will Brueckner wins SF City title
19 Mar 2013
by Benjamin Larsen of amateurgolf.com

see also: TPC Harding Park Golf Course, William Brueckner Profile

-- SFGate.com Photo
-- SFGate.com Photo
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (March 10, 2013) -- Sunday's championship match at the 2013 San Francisco City Championship was 'supposed' to be the culmination of red-hot runs by top-seed Andrew Biggadike and No. 3 Alex Franklin, the reigning amateurgolf.com Tournament Series co-Player of the Year.

Apparently nobody told that to Will Brueckner and Isaiah Salinda.

In Saturday's semifinals, Brueckner upset Franklin, 5-and-4, to advance to Sunday's 36-hole championship match against Salinda. Salinda reached the final by sending Biggadike home with a 3-and-2 defeat.

Rather than a Biggadike-Franklin finale, 'The City' came down to a pair of upstart high schoolers ready for action --- and boy did they live up to the moment.

Brueckner, a 16-year-old Olympic Club member from Walnut Creek, Calif., won the 2nd, 3rd and 4th holes in the afternoon 18 to distance himself from Salinda and never looked back, ultimately taking a 3- and-1 championship victory at TPC Harding Park.

"I'm very tired but even more excited," said Brueckner, who considers this the top win of his amateur career. "It definitely wasn't because of consistent play, but my putter was solid."

Salinda was 2-up through the first seven holes but --- perhaps a sign of the day's theme --- Brueckner rallied. He won Nos. 8 and 9 to get even.

Salinda wouldn't quit, though. He took a 2-up lead after the opening 18 and appeared to have things in order to score yet another upset according to the seeds.

"I knew I had to get something going on the second 18," Brueckner said. "I started getting the driver more accurate and irons closer."

Brueckner lost the opening hole of the afternoon 18 but reeled off three straight wins to take the momentum.

Brueckner, who hopes to one day play at Stanford, credits a flop-shot he used to dig himself out of trouble on hole No. 2 in the second 18 as the difference maker.

"My drive was out of the fairway and I had to layup," he said. "I had about 40 yards in to a raised green with a tough pin over a bunker. I was able to get it to about five feet and made the putt. That was a big hole."

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Results For San Francisco City Men's Golf Championship
Place  Pts
WinCAWilliam BruecknerWalnut Creek, CA150
Runner-upCAIsaiah SalindaSouth San Francisco, CA100
SemifinalsCAAndrew BiggadikeBelmont, CA65
SemifinalsCAAlex FranklinSan Rafael, CA65
QuarterfinalsCANick UshijimaHillsborough, CA65

View full results for San Francisco City Men's Golf Championship

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