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