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Weekend Primer: All eyes on 'The City'
28 Feb 2014
by Benjamin Larsen of AmateurGolf.com

see also: San Francisco City 2024 MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP, TPC Harding Park Golf Course

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It's the calm before the storm. The scehdule across the country is just about ready to heat up but this is one of the last weekends of the "early spring" where we have only a few tournaments to cover.

But, one of them sure is a big one.

The San Francisco City Championship takes another step towards crowning a champion this weekend with the Round of 16 and quarterfinal matches scheduled for its three division -- Men's Championship, Men's Senior and Women's Championship.

Upsets stole headlines during last week's play with top seed and defending champion Will Brueckner falling to No. 32 Shintaro Ban. No. 2 seed Kris Server fell on Day 1, leaving Justin Suh (3rd) as the lowest remaining seed.

In the Senior Division, top-seeded Gary Vanier, who won last year's event, remains. But qualifying medalist Herb Jensen lost last weekend.

The major upsets halted in the Women's Divison, though. Defending champion and national power Casie Cathrea rolled through her opponent and seems like a tough matchup for anyone this weekend.

Amateurgolf.com will have full coverage of the San Francisco City Championship, including results and recaps from all divisions this weekend.

Elsewhere in Northern California, the amateurgolf.com 2014 Monterey County Four-Ball presented by Callaway Golf tees off. The loaded field will take aim at one of the tour's most popular events and hope to come away victorious (and dry) from Pacific Grove Golf Links.

On the opposite side of the country, one of the year's most underrated team events kicks off from historic Pine Needles in Southern Pines, N.C. -- just outside of Pinehurst. The Pine Needles Invitational began Thursday and runs through Sunday at the exquisite Donald Ross original. Defending champions Brian Westveer and Scott Harvey are two of well-known names on the mid-amateur circuits in the Carolinas and beyond while Harold Payne and Steve Fox, the 2013 Senior Flight winners, are perennial contenders on the national senior circuit.

And finally, in Texas, we'll be following the progress of the North Four-Ball at Stonebriar Country Club. Always an important early-season event, the North Four- Ball officially kicks off the competitive season in the northern part of one of the busiest amateur golf states.

ABOUT THE San Francisco City Championship

*An NCGA Points Tournament*

**New Entry Procedure for 2024: Registration opens for all players on October 1. There will be 50 spots held for exempt players under the following categories:

* The past 10 years of the San Francisco City Golf Champions
* 2023 San Francisco City Men’s Championship Match Play Qualifiers
* Top 20 men’s 2022-2023 NCGA Points Lists
* 2023 NCGA Champions (Amateur, Mid- Amateur, Junior)
* The top 3 finishers in each of the 6 AmateurGolf.com Winter Tour events (Dec 2023-Feb 2024)

Registration for exempt players, and for non- exempt players with a handicap index of 6.4 or lower as of the date of entry, opens on October 1 and will remain open until the field limit (120 players including spots reserved for exempt players) is reached. When the field limit is reached, all additional registrants will be entered in the pre-qualifier at Presidio Golf Club on Friday, March 8, 2024.

Once entries close, if there are any unfilled spots in the Men's Championship (due to fewer than 50 exempt players registering or withdrawals), they will be filled by Pre- Qualifier registrants in the order in which they registered.

Players entering pre-qualifying will pay an entry fee of $165 for the pre-qualifier, and those advancing from the pre-qualifier will pay the remainder of the entry fee (must be paid prior to playing).

The 36-hole match play qualifier will be held March 9-10, 2024, with 18 holes played at TPC Harding Park and 18 holes at Presidio Golf Course for a combined 36-hole qualifying score.

There will be 156 players in the qualifying round with 64 players advancing to match play. When all qualifying has been completed, the Men’s Championship Flight will consist of 64 contestants. In the event of a playoff to qualify for match play, a player must be present in order to retain his right to participate in the playoff.

Match play will begin on March 16, 2024. All match play for the Championship Flight (Mar 16-17, 23-24) will be held at TPC Harding Park.

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

WITHDRAWALS AND REFUND POLICY
Players needing to withdraw should do so by filling out the form at sfgolfchampionship.com/contact/. 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.

CART POLICY
The use of carts is prohibited for players and caddies in the Men’s Championship Flight (Appendix I – Local Rule Applies)

SPECIAL OFFER TO SF CITY PLAYERS:

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ABOUT THE SAN FRANCISCO CITY CHAMPIONSHIP
The oldest municipal tournament in the USA. Match play event with scratch men's, senior men’s, 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.

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