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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 2020 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.

Results: San Francisco City Championship
WinCAShintaro BanSan Jose, CA180
Runner-upCARick ReinsbergLafayette, CA120
SemifinalsCARyan KnopPleasanton, CA80
SemifinalsCARyan WilsonSan Francisco, CA80
QuarterfinalsCAIan CoffmanSan Diego, CA50

View full results for San Francisco City Championship

ABOUT THE San Francisco City Championship

** The qualifying field for the San Francisco City Men's Championship qualifier has been reached 120 players. Players may enter the Pre-Qualifier here. Please see below for a description of the entry process.

MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION
$300 ENTRY FEE INCLUDES ALL GREEN FEES.

Match Play qualifying will be held February 15-16, 2020 and will consist of 36 holes played at TPC Harding Park and Lincoln Park Golf Courses.

From November 1 - November 30, registration will be open only for exempt players under the following categories:

* The Past Ten years of San Francisco City Champions
* 2019 San Francisco City Men’s Championship Match Play Qualifiers
* Top 20 Individuals 2018-2019 NCGA Points Lists
* 2019 NCGA Champions (Amateur, Mid-Amateur, Junior)
* 2019 USGA Event Qualifiers (Amateur, Mid- Amateur, Junior)

On December 1 at 8:00am, registration will open to all players with a handicap index of 6.4 or lower as of 12/01/2019, and will remain open until the field limit is reached. Once the field limit is reached, all additional entrants will pre-qualify at Lincoln Park on Friday, February 14.

Those entering pre-qualifying will pay an entry fee of $150 for the pre-qualifier, and those advancing from the pre-qualifier will pay an additional $150.

Once all qualifying has been completed, the Men’s Championship Flight will consist of 32 contestants -- the defending champion if entered (who will be the #2 seed), and the remainder from the Men’s Championship qualifier.

If the defending champion wishes to play in qualifying for Medalist honors, he loses the #2 seed and will be seeded accordingly if he qualifies successfully.

*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.

Match play will begin on February 22, 2019. All match play for the Championship Flight will be held at TPC Harding Park.

ABOUT THE SAN FRANCISCO CITY CHAMPIONSHIP
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.

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