Tilly leads San Francisco City qualifying
Finigan Tilly during the 2017 Bayonet Black Horse Am (AGC photo)
Finigan Tilly during the 2017 Bayonet Black Horse Am (AGC photo)

The San Francisco City Championship has begun, and so far, Finigan Tilly is the man on top. The San Carlos, Calif., resident had a 2-under 70 at TPC Harding Park in the first round of qualifying. Tilly, stroke-play medalist at the 2017 NCGA Match Play Championship, birdied his final hole for a one-shot edge.

Tilly is a member of the Cal men’s golf team who also won the Bayonet Black Horse Amateur in 2017.

Jake Yount finished solo second with a 1-under 71 that included six birdies but also a handful of high numbers. Yount had three bogeys and a double at the par-4 fifth.

Behind Yount, Scott Rescigno bogeyed his final two holes for an even-par 72.

All three of the top finishers played their qualifier at TPC Harding Park, but half of the field played the par-68 Lincoln Park Golf Club.

Rajvir Bedi, Ned Jensen and Brian Cooper Hunt had the best scores at Lincoln Park and at 1 over, were part of a seven-man tie for fourth. That group also included Colt McNealy, who bogeyed his first and last holes for a 1-over 73 at Harding Park. McNealy, younger brother to former Stanford player and current professional Maverick McNealy, is a regular on the California amateur circuit.

Seven more players tied for 11th at 2-over 74.

Results: San Francisco City Championship
WinCAEvan PetersonClovis, CA180
Runner-upCAJason AnthonyFairfield, CA120
SemifinalsCAAnthony VernaOrinda, CA80
SemifinalsCABobby BuceyConcord, CA80
QuarterfinalsCATravis PetersonSanta Rosa, CA50

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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.


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.

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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