Past Champions Advance at San Francisco Senior
Defending champ and 10-time city champ Gary Vanier (NCGA photo)
Defending champ and 10-time city champ Gary Vanier (NCGA photo)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (March 7, 2018) - The day after stroke play qualifying set the match play bracket of 32 players, the first set of matches in the San Francisco Senior City Championship were played at TPC Harding Park.

Related: San Francisco Senior & Super Senior Qualifying Results

The stroke play medalist Greg O'Malley of Sonoma advanced with a hard-fought 1 up win over John Friend of Los Altos, who earlier proved himself to be a tough out by winning a 12-for-1 playoff to earn the final match play qualifying spot.

Winners of the last six San Francisco Senior City Championships are still alive and into the final 16. The defending champion Gary Vanier of Pleasant Hill, who also won in 2015, 2013, and 2009, advanced with a 3&2 win over Ken Helwig of San Jose. Vanier is the all-time leader in San Francisco city titles with 10, six in the regular division and four in the senior.

2016 champion Randy Haag of Orinda, who also won the regular City Championship in 1999, defeated Victor Campbell of Hercules 5&4. 2014 and 2012 champ Jim Williams of Orinda took out Steve Hendrick of Vallejo, 1 up.

Haag and Williams will face off in the round of 16.

Other winners on Wednesday include Corey West, Mike Benham, Bruce Hanavan, Dean Prince, Mel Collins Jr., Steve Donnelly, Scott Anderson, David Ujihara, James Camaione, Steve Hoyt, Bob Burnett and Ray Kong.

The match play round of 16 will be played this Saturday at TPC Harding Park.

ABOUT THE San Francisco City Senior



*An NCGA Points Tournament*

**Entry procedure for fall 2021: Players who were in the field this spring before the tournament was postponed have first chance to re-register. They will be emailed an access code to register, and registration for these players opens on July 1. Registration opens for all other players on August 1.

Open to the first 110 entries received. Participants must have an index of 9.4 or lower as of the date of entry and must be 55 or older as of the first day of the tournament. Qualifying will consist of one 18- hole stroke play round after which the Senior Men's Championship Flight will consist of 32 match play contestants.

In case of ties, a card-off (see SF City Golf Championship Playoff Procedures) will determine the players who will advance to match play. Players’ scores will determine seeding for match play. There will be no refunds after entries close. All rounds will be played at TPC Harding Park Golf Course.

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, 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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