Will Brueckner wins SF City title
-- 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."

For more coverage of the San Francisco City Championships, click the following links: WOMEN | SENIORS

Results For San Francisco City 2018 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 2018 MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP

ABOUT THE San Francisco City Championship


144 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 110 entries, based on the earliest date received, with an index of 6.4 or lower as of 12/01/2017 shall go directly into the qualifying beginning on March 3, 2018. If more than 110 entries are received, the remaining entrants will pre-qualify for the final 34 spots on Friday, March 2, 2018 at Lincoln Park Golf. Pre-qualifiers who do not qualify for the 144 player qualifying field 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.

If the Defending Champion elects to play for Medalist honors the right to the number two seed will be forfeited. The past champion, if qualifying, will be seeded accordingly. Match play will begin on March 10, 2018. All match play for the Championship Flight will be held at TPC Harding Park.

*In the event of a playoff for match play a player must be present in order to retain his right to participate in the playoff.

The following comprise the exemption categories for the 2018 San Francisco City Golf Championship Pre- Qualifying:

* The Past Ten years of San Francisco City Champions
* 2017 San Francisco City men’s Championship Match Play Qualifiers
* Top 20 Individuals 2016-2017 NCGA Points List
* 2017 NCGA Champions (Amateur, Mid-Amateur, Junior)
* 2017 USGA Event Qualifiers (Amateur, Mid- Amateur, Junior)

NOTE: The Tournament Committee retains the right to make exceptions to the exempt categories as deemed appropriate.

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

Latest in 

Amateurgolf.com, Inc.
6965 El Camino Real 105-631
Carlsbad, CA 92011

Facebook Twitter YouTube