Justin Suh wins San Francisco City
2015 San Francisco City Champs
2015 San Francisco City Champs

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (April 12, 2015) — Justin Suh defeated fellow Santa Teresa Junior Golf Club member Thomas Hutchison, 9-and-8 today in the San Francisco City Championship final at TPC Harding Park Golf Course. Suh took a six-up lead into the second 18, getting that started on a good note with a birdie on the first hole to go seven-up through 19.

Both Suh and Hutchison are taught by the same local teaching professional, Terry Sullivan of Santa Teresa Golf Club.

“It’s definitely been a goal of mine,” Suh told the San Francisco Chronicle. “I see myself getting better. I don’t want to jinx it, but I definitely feel like if I just start improving and get better in college, I can definitely have a chance.”

Suh, who plays for Evergreen Valley High School in San Jose, is the reigning NCGA Junior champion and has signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Southern California. Hutchison is a sophomore at Pioneer High School, also in San Jose.

Check out the updated match play bracket by clicking the results link at the end of this story.


Former UC Irvine golfer Sara Banke of Danville defeated high-schooler Anna Zhou of Palo Alto by a margin of 6&4.

Banke, the reigning California State Women's Amateur champion, knocked off 12-year-old phenom Lucy Li on Saturday with a narrow one-up victory. Somehow we get the feeling that Li -- who has already played three USGA events including last year's U.S. Open at Pinehurst — will get another crack at the SF City title.

Banke's father Dana is the head golf professional at Poplar Creek Golf Course in San Mateo, and was out on Sunday with family supporting her daughter's big win.

“This is a really big deal because my dad played in this tournament,” Sara Banke told the Chronicle. “I was really nervous, but I was really excited.”

Full Women's Bracket


Gary Vanier continued to build on his legacy as one of the most decorated golfers in San Francisco City Championship history with a win over defending champ Jim Williams, 4&2. Vanier first won the Men's Championship title in 1971. He waited 14 years for his next title, but after winning in 1985 backed it up with another in 1986 before adding titles in 1988, 1992, and 1994 (that's six). This is the third Senior title for the Olympic Club member.

Williams was a formidable opponent, having won two of the last three senior titles. His game should be in fine form for the U.S. Four Ball at Olympic Club just three weeks from now. He qualified with his son, Scott.

Full Senior and Super Senior Brackets

In the Super Senior bracket, Joe Rogers defeated Herb Jensen 4-and-3. Jensen, the No. 1 seed, reached the finals with a one-up win over Vic Shellenberg while Rogers won by default when his semifinal matchup Michael Mahoney had to withdraw.

Results: San Francisco City Championship
WinCAJustin SuhSan Jose, CA180
Runner-upCAThomas HutchisonSan Jose, CA120
SemifinalsCATommy SemereauxSan Francisco, CA80
SemifinalsCABryan BaumgartenGranite Bay, CA80
QuarterfinalsCAGabriel ArmendarizTustin, CA50

View full results for San Francisco City Championship

ABOUT THE San Francisco City Championship


*An NCGA Points Tournament*

**Entry procedure for 2023: Exempt players will have first chance to register. They will be emailed an access code to register, and registration for these players opens on January 3. Registration opens for all other players on January 15.

Exempt players may email results@amateurgolf.com to request an access code.

Exemption categories:

* The past 10 years of the San Francisco City Golf Champions
* 2022 San Francisco City Men’s Championship Match Play Qualifiers
* Top 20 men’s 2021-2022 NCGA Points Lists
* 2022 NCGA Champions (Amateur, Mid-Amateur, Junior)
* 2022 USGA Event Qualifiers (Amateur, Mid- Amateur, Junior)

On January 15 at 8:00 am, registration will open to all players with a handicap index of 6.4 or lower as of the date of entry, and will remain open until the field limit (120 players) is reached. When the field limit is reached, all additional entrants will pre-qualify at Presidio Golf Club on Friday, March 10, 2023.

Players 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 $225 (must be paid prior to playing).

The 36-hole match play qualifier will be held March 11-12, 2023, 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 18, 2023. All match play for the Championship Flight will be held at TPC Harding Park.

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

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

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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