March 12 - 24 2024
San Francisco, CA


Tournament Overview

*An NCGA Points Tournament*

Open to the first 84 entries received. Participants must have an index of 9.4 or lower as of the date of entry and must be 55 or older as of the first day of the tournament. Qualifying will consist of one 18- hole stroke play round (Tue Mar 12) after which the Senior Men's Championship Flight will consist of 32 match-play contestants.

In case of ties, a card-off (see SF City Golf Championship Playoff Procedures) will determine the players who will advance to match play. Players’ scores will determine seeding for match play. All rounds will be played at TPC Harding Park Golf Course.

Match play starts Wed Mar 13, with matches scheduled for Sat-Sun Mar 16-17 and the semis and finals on Sat- Sun Mar 23-24.

A schedule of all dates of play can be found on the tournament website

Players needing to withdraw should do so by filling out the form at . Players withdrawing before the entry deadline of February 19 will receive a refund of their entry fee minus $50. There will be no refunds after the entry deadline.


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The oldest municipal tournament in the USA. Match play event with scratch men's, senior, women's, senior women's and open flight divisions. Past champions include Ken Venturi, Harvie Ward, Juli Inkster, Bob Rosburg, 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.

Search Terms

Format: Match Play
Categories: Men Senior
Regions: Northern California, Pacific


TPC Harding Park Golf Course TPC Harding Park Golf Course
99 Harding Rd
San Francisco, CA  94132-1021
phone: 415-664-4690

Tournament News

by Pete Wlodkowski

The San Francisco City Championship was inaugurated in 1917, and is the Country's oldest municipal golf tournament. The Women's division was added in 1958. In its early years, the tournament was hosted by the Sun- Bulletin newspaper and has had numerous sponsors throughout its history such as Bob Varner, Tom Culligan, and Pepsi.

The name of the tournament is deceiving, as the field is typically made up of the best amateurs from throughout Northern California. As a matter of fact, the 1999 field included Mark Murphy of Waterville, Ireland, who made it to the quarterfinals before being ousted in a nail-biter by Gary Vanier. (Vanier eventually lost to Randy Haag in what was called the best final since Ken Venturi beat Harvey Ward in 1956 in front of 12,000 fans.)

Another thing that makes the City Championship a unique event is the inclusion of an "Open" Division, allowing for amateurs of varying abilities to compete. The top two flights in the Open Division, named the "Venturi" and "Susko" respectively, are named for two of the tournaments' most popular competitors, Ken Venturi and John Susko, the latter of whom met an untimely death from Crohn's disease in 1983. Susko is remembered as a popular Lincoln Park golfer who won the City Championship in 1978 and 1980, won the Alameda Commuters in 1981, and participated in a number of National amateur events even with a condition that often sidelined him for weeks at a time.

Those familiar with the City Championship will tell you about the tradition of playing the ball as it lies at San Francisco's Lincoln and Harding Park golf courses in some often very wintry conditions. More than one player has marched in to the tournament office claiming that they will never play again, but their applications usually find their way in the following year. Conditions are the same for everyone; the ability to accept the occasional bad break is paramount to a competitor's success.

Past champions include 1964 US Open Champion Ken Venturi, 1999 US Women's Open Champion Julie Inkster, and 1969 Masters Champion George Archer. More recently, LPGA Tour player Dorothy Delasin* of Daly City (winner of the 1998 US Junior Girls Championship and 1999 US Women's Amateur) claimed the Women's City Championship in 1998.


2023 Randy Haag
2022 Chris Miller
2021 Andy Gabelman
2020 Jim Knoll
2019 Jim Knoll
2018 Randy Haag
2017 Gary Vanier
2016 Randy Haag
2015 Gary Vanier
2014 Jim Williams
2013 Gary Vanier
2012 Jim Williams
2011 Mark Miller
2010 Herb Jensen
2009 Gary Vanier
2008 Jim Knoll
2007 Carl Selkirk
2006 Jeff Early
2005 Robert Thompson
2004 Earl Stewart
2003 Bob Callan
2002 Bob Olds
2001 Marshall Gleason
2000 Earl Stewart
1999 Jim McMurtrey
1998 Tom Culligan
1997 John Cranston
1996 Vic Santa Maria
1995 Fred Strebel
1994 Jim Ono
1993 Dan James
1992 Calder Hayes
1991 Walt Gilliam
1990 Walt Gilliam

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Senior Championship
Lawrence AliotoCorte Madera, CA
Scott Anderson, Sr.Bakersfield, CA
Glenn AndradeNapa, CA
Jose ArellanoVancouver, WA
Eric BerridgeScarsdale, NY
Daniel BosisBenton Harbor, MI
Jeffrey BreiningerSan Francisco, CA
Jeff BrittonCarmel, CA
Jeffery BrownMission Viejo, CA
Alan BrownliePetaluma, CA
William BunceEl Dorado Hills, CA
geoff callanKentfield, CA
Rob CampbellCamarillo, CA
Kevin ChessenMill Valley, CA
Chuck ColbyNewbury Park, CA
Dave CrowderAtherton, CA
Thomas DeLappeValley Springs, CA
Brendan DunniganSan Francisco, CA
Dan EllisEl Dorado Hills, CA
Charles FennerSacramento, CA
Ted FernandesModesto, CA
Andrew GabelmanBarrington, IL
David GamesCleveland, OH
Joe GhioAlameda, CA
Glenn GregersenWalnut Creek, CA
Randy HaagOrinda, CA
Bill HarperMilpitas, CA
Eric HippSan Francisco, CA
Jeb HortonOakland, CA
Steve HoytMoraga, CA
Chris HylandSan Francisco, CA
Robert JacobsBelmont, CA
Charles JohnsonPinole, CA
Steve JohnsonFort Worth, TX
Mike KavalauskasCarmel by the Sea, CA
Jeff KnobelPacifica, CA
Kevin KobalterSan Rafael, CA
Bob LeDouxAnderson, CA
Chris LymanBerkeley, CA
Mark ManceWhitefish, MT
mike manganSan Francisco, CA
Anthony MarquezGalt, CA
Bob McCallisterRancho Murieta, CA
Chris MillerBrentwood, CA
Craig MiyamotoSacramento, CA
Stephen MolinelliSan Francisco, CA
John MooreScottsdale, AZ
Scott MorrisMoraga, CA
Michael MuellerSan Francisco, CA
Daniel O'ConnorSan Francisco, CA
Johnny PakPleasanton, CA
Greg ParryCarmichael, CA
Richard PhillipsSan Francisco, CA
Dean PournarasLivermore, CA
Duane RahaValencia, CA
Tony RalphSunnyvale, CA
Rex ReeseLas Vegas, NV
George RenzAromas, CA
John RotteveelDixon, CA
Larry SalkFairfax, CA
Mark SanchezKentfield, CA
Keith SchwartzSan Mateo, CA
Mark SearSanta Monica, CA
Philip SmootSan Francisco, CA
Barry SoicherMill Valley, CA
Jonathan SokolSan Francisco, CA
Jud SpencerSanta Cruz, CA
Kirk StarkStudio City, CA
Michael StaskusLos Altos, CA
Mike StielerManteca, CA
Matthew SundbergEl Sobrante, CA
Chad SwanFarmington, CA
Anthony VaccaroFairfax, CA
Kevin VelliganPebble Beach , CA
John VenturinoConcord, CA
Bryan WatersSan Francisco, CA
Corey WestBurlingame, CA
Peter WoodSanta Cruz, CA
Tony YickSan Francisco, CA
Dan YoungRedwood City, CA

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