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SF City Championship: Cocco Takes Historic Title

SAN FRANCISCO, California (March 11, 2007) -- Chadd Cocco of Moraga headed for the lunch break in today's 36-hole final match at the San Francisco City Championship four down to tournament medalist Reid Scarff of Oroville. But something must have clicked during the break - the explosive Cocco (who had 10 birdies in Saturday's semifinal) charged out of the gates on the second 18 and won the first six holes.

And while Scarff may have provided a little assistance with bogeys on the first three afternoon holes, Cocco kept the momentum swinging in his direction with a birdie at the par-5 fourth (the long hitting former Oregon state am champ dominated Harding's par-5's all weekend).

Scarff had plenty of fight left in him. The players halved the short 7th hole with birdies, and Scarff won the par-3 eighth with a par after Cocco missed the green and failed to convert. Then it was Scarff's turn at some par-5 magic. He hit driver, 3-wood to 8 feet at the ninth and converted the putt for eagle. The players were all square going into Harding Park's awesome back nine.

Cocco birdied the par-5 10th and 12th holes to go 2-up, but missed a short putt to go 3-up at No. 13. When Scarff won fifteen with a par and the players halved at sixteen, it came down to the par-3 17th (where John Daly famously missed a 3-footer in a playoff with Tiger Woods at the Amex) and Scarff had the honor. He went right after the flag, which was tucked on the right side of the green, but missed the surface and left a tough up-and-down. Cocco was looking for the fat of the green, but missed to the left.

"I was really trying for the middle of the green on 17, but I pulled the shot a bit," said Cocco. "We both had putts in the 8-10 foot range and I was slightly away -- when I made mine it was the biggest putt of the tournament for me."

In fact, it was the putt that won the tournament, as Scarff's putt to extend the match narrowly missed.

Other Divisions:

Diane Kwon of Fremont repeated as Women's Champ with a 3-and-2 victory over eighth-grader Grace Na of Alameda, while Carl Selkirk of Chico defeated Doug Johnson of Fresno, 3-and-1 in the senior division.



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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