SAN FRANCISCO, California (March 11, 2018) -- It's down to the quarterfinals in the Men's Championship division at the San Francisco City Championship. Two matches were played today at Harding Park.
Co-medalist Travis Peterson won his first match today -- against the defending champ Brian Ma no less, 3 & 1 -- but he was eliminated in the second round by Cal Bear golfer Joseph Chun of Irvine. Chun has required no more than 15 holes in his first two matches, and looks to continue his momentum next weekend in the quarterfinals.
In the opposite bracket, the other co-medalist Lucas Carper advanced easily in his first match against Ryan Farb (6 & 5) but was more closely tested in the second round by pre-qualifying medalist at Lincoln Park Matthew Seramin, who he defeated 2 & 1. Carper, 16, is a
Mid-Amateur standout Jason Anthony continued his run towards a title with two victories today. The first was over former Cal golfer Ian Albreach, 4 & 3; the second was over Gabriel Armandirez, 3 & 2. Don't be surprised if the USGA-seasoned Anthony, of makes it to the final match.
In the Senior Division it's down to four players: Olympic Club member and multiple-past SF City champ Randy Haag, his fellow Olympian Corey West (they will meet in the first semi-final next Saturday), plus Scott Anderson -- who took out the defending champ Gary Vanier and Jim Camiaone of Upland in Southern California. Camiaone, who extended his trip North from qualifying Tuesday through today's match, will make another trip up next weekend. Camiaone, 63, defeated Bob Burnett of Oakland in the quarterfinals today, 1-up.
The Women's Division played it's first match today, with all three top players (including medalist and defending champ Sabrina Iqbal) advancing to the next round. The Super-Senior division also commenced it's match play portion, with medalist Mark Miller of Antioch easily advancing over Chuck Diakon, 6 & 4. Senior legend Bob Olds of Brentwood, who has been shooting his age since his mid-60s, is now 78. But that doesn't stop the very fit golfer from competing at a high level and today he advanced to the next round in a close match over tournament photographer and fine artist Steve Lewis of San Mateo, 1-up.
Yesterday we predicted the possibility of a Jackson Koivun (age 12) matchup against Tony Ralph (a very young 52) in the Ken Venturi flight. And that's exactly what we will get in next weekend's first semi-final match, while the other will pit Tyler Burnes against Alex Woodward. Results of all other flights can be found on the tournament website www.sfgolfchampionship.com.
SATURDAY MATCHES AND QUALIFYING RECAP:
Match play rounds got underway today in the Championship Division, with co-medalists Lucas Carper and Travis Peterson easily advancing. Carper defeated Jack Steck, 3 & 2, while Carper took out No. 64 seed Beau Scroggins, 6 & 4.
Carper will have his hands full in Sunday's round-of-32 as he faces defending champion Brian Ma. They will meet on the first tee of Harding Park bright and early -- 7:30am.
Top-ranked Northern California Mid-Ams Jason Anthony and Bobby Bucey both advanced, with Bucey requiring two extra holes to take out Jonathan Churton, and Anthony having a little easier time in defeating Glenn Andrade, 2 & 1.
Defending champion Sabrina Iqbal made it clear that her game is in tip-top shape, going around Harding Park in 5-under 67 to take medalist honors by four strokes over Mika Jin and Elizabeth Scholtes, who posted fine rounds of 71.
Ryan Clauzel of Harding Park made note of the fact that this year's women's cut to get into the top division was lower than 2017, falling at 5-over 77.
Defending champ Gary Vanier won a nail biter over recent Salinas City champ Steve Donnelly, 1-up. Meanwhile, Vanier's friendly rival and fellow Olympic Club member Randy Haag made it clear he isn't going anywhere, winning 4 & 3 over Jim Williams. Haag will face the always tough Dean Prince in tomorrow's quarterfinal.
12-year-old Jackson Koivun has advanced to the quarterfinals after a convincing win today over Dan Valine, 4 & 2.
Full brackets can be found on the San Francisco City Championship website via the links above.
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
players under the following
* The past 10 years of the San Francisco City
* 2023 San Francisco City Men’s
Match Play Qualifiers
* Top 20 men’s 2022-2023 NCGA Points
* 2023 NCGA Champions (Amateur, Mid-
* The top 3 finishers in each of the 6 AmateurGolf.com Winter
(Dec 2023-Feb 2024)
Registration for exempt players, and for non-
players with a handicap index
of 6.4 or lower
as of the date of
entry, opens on October 1 and will
open until the field limit (120 players including
reserved for exempt players)
is reached. When the field limit is reached, all
additional registrants will be entered in
pre-qualifier at Presidio Golf Club on Friday,
Once entries close, if there are any unfilled
the Men's Championship (due to
fewer than 50 exempt players registering
or withdrawals), they will be filled by Pre-
registrants in the order in which
Players entering pre-qualifying will pay an
of $165 for the pre-qualifier, and
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
9-10, 2024, with
18 holes played at TPC Harding Park and 18
Course for a combined 36-hole qualifying
There will be 156 players in the qualifying
64 players advancing to match play. When all
qualifying has been completed, the Men’s
Championship Flight will consist of 64
In the event of a playoff to qualify for
player must be present in order to retain his
to participate in the playoff.
Match play will begin on March 16, 2024. All
match play for the Championship Flight (Mar
23-24) will be held
at TPC Harding Park.
A schedule of all dates of
play can be found on the tournament website
WITHDRAWALS AND REFUND
Players needing to withdraw should do so by
out the form at sfgolfchampionship.com/contact/
the entry deadline of February 19
refund of their entry fee minus
$50. There will be no refunds after the
The use of carts is prohibited for players and
in the Men’s Championship Flight (Appendix I
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ABOUT THE SAN FRANCISCO CITY
The oldest municipal tournament in the USA.
play event with scratch men's, senior men’s,
women's, senior women’s, and open flight
Past champions include Ken Venturi, Harvie
Juli Inkster, Bob Rosburg, George Archer, and
Dorothy Delasin. Some of the “non winners”
Tom Watson and Johnny Miller. Click the
for more about this wonderful event.
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