Brian Ma to face Seb Crookall-Nixon in SF City Championship Final
Seb Crookall-Nixon <br>(San Francisco Athletics Photo)
Seb Crookall-Nixon
(San Francisco Athletics Photo)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (March 18, 2017) -- After weeks of play the finals of the San Francisco City Championship's at TPC Harding Park have finally been set. In the Championship Division the final will feature No. 32 Brian Ma and No. 6 Seb Crookall-Nixon.

On Saturday the Championship Division featured the quarterfinal and semifinal matches with the winners now set to meet in Sunday's 36-hole final.

Ma made his way to the title match thanks to a 6&5 quarterfinal win over No. 9 Grayson Huff. To begin the match Ma won the first two holes to go 2 up and then never looked back wrapping things up on the 13th.

In his semifinal tilt Ma was able to take down 52-seed Ned Jensen 2&1 and punch his ticket into the Sunday final.

His opponent, former University of San Francisco golfer, Seb Crookall-Nixon started is day day with 3&2 triumph over No. 19 Jason Anthony in the quarters. In the match Crookall-Nixon fell behind early and after nine holes he was 2 down but he would win the 10th hole and then Nos. 12-15 to take the lead before closing out the match on the 16th hole.

Things were a little bit easier in the afternoon for Crookall-Nixon as he led 2 up after two holes and never trailed in the match. His opponent, No. 7 Brandon Jacobs, squared the match on the 8th hole but Crookall-Nixon responded by winning the next three holes.

He then closed out the match with a 17th hole win.


Defending champion Sabrina Iqbal continued her march towards a repeat with quarterfinal and semifinal wins on Saturday. In the quarters she bested No. 9 Sammy Lee 3&2 and then 13-seed Jasmine Chen 5&4 in the semifinals.

Iqbal will now face No. 15 Kiran Sangha in Sunday's 36-hole championship match after she battled her way through two tough matches on Saturday.

In the quarterfinals Sangha escaped with 2&1 win over 10-seed Aishvarya Bedi and then in the semifinals she survived a 20 hole marathon match against No. 14 Ashley Shim.

The Women's Championship Division also includes the Julie Inkster Flight and the title match will see No. 5 Cynthia Zhang face No. 10 Marie Dean.


Top-seed Gary Vanier moved on once again after his semifinal win and he will now square off against 26-seed Rich Rowley in the finals.

Vanier had to battle to punch his ticket to the next round as he outlasted No. 20 Bob Burnett in 19 holes. After Vanier lost the final hole of regulation, Burnett knocked his approach shot on the first extra hole to four-feet. However, Vanier answered with a shot to 12-feet and he promptly knocked in the putt to apply some pressure on Burnett. Now facing a putt to extend the match, Burnett rolled his putt by and Vanier was able to move on.

For Rowley it was a 2 up win over No. 22 Jeff Britton.


The final in Super Senior Championship will be between nine-seed Ron Johnson and three-seed Tom O'Grady.

On Saturday Johnson pulled off a 4&3 semifinal victory over No. 9 Jack Bieber while O'Grady moved on with a 2&1 win over No. 7 Mark Miller.

*Played at Lincoln Park GC

Ken Venturi Flight
No. 4 James McGGilley vs. No. 6 Ken Harrington

John Susko Flight
No. 8 Kevin Nalty vs. No. 11 Drew Walker

George Archer Flight
No. 16 Shoe Sugiyama No. 14 Abi Vickram

Harvie Ward Flight
No. 5 Daniel Sheridan vs. No. 3 Andrew Pinkerton

Ray Pellegrini Flight
No. 9 David Simmons vs.No. 3 Phil Pineda

Sandy Tatum Flight
No. 16 Michael Redman vs. No. 6 Matthew Didden

Results: San Francisco City Championship
WinCABrian MaMilpitas, CA180
Runner-upEnglandSeb Crookall-NixonEngland120
SemifinalsCANed JensenSan Francisco, CA80
SemifinalsCABrandon JacobsThousand Oaks, CA80
QuarterfinalsIDGraysen HuffEagle, ID50

View full results for San Francisco City Championship

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 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

Players needing to withdraw should do so by filling out the form at tact/. 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.

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


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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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