Cal's Tilly tops San Francisco City qualifying; field set
Finigan Tilly during the 2017 Bayonet Black Horse Am (AGC photo)
Finigan Tilly during the 2017 Bayonet Black Horse Am (AGC photo)

The field is set for the beginning of the San Francisco City Amateur. After two days of qualifying split between TPC Harding Park and Lincoln Park Golf Course, the 64-player cut fell at 14 over.

At the top of the scoreboard, Finigan Tilly led all qualifiers with a 3-under total. Tilly, a junior on the University of California men's golf team, had a 2-under 70 at TPC Harding Park on Saturday, then came back with a 1-under 67 at Lincoln Park on Sunday. Tilly birdied his final hole both days.

Tilly won the Bayonet Black Horse Amateur in 2017, and also was stroke-play medalist at NCGA Match Play that year.

Rajvir Bedi, in second place at even par, played the courses in the opposite order. He was 1 over at Lincoln Park on Saturday but rebounded with a 1-under 71 at Harding Park.

Domingo Jojola was solo third with a 1-over total. He had a 66 on Lincoln Park on Sunday that was unmatched by the rest of the field. Jojola returns to the San Francisco City Championship after falling in the Round of 32 each of the past two years.

Two players tied for fourth at 2 over, including Ned Jensen, a semifinalist at this event in 2017. Jensen fell in the Round of 16 last year, but he was runner-up at NCGA Match Play later in the summer. Jake Yount was also at 2 over with Jensen.

Two more notable players who advanced include Brett Viboch and Bobby Bucey, who finished T-9 (5 over) and T-12 (6 over), respectively. The two teamed up to qualify for the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball last year, and were stroke-play medalists. They also won the NCGA Four-Ball title in 2016.

Viboch reached the quarterfinals of the San Francisco City Amateur in 2018, and Bucey, the reigning California Amateur champion, reached the Round of 32.

Jason Anthony, a 35-year-old who plays out of Olympic Club, did not have to qualify in thanks to his status as defending champion. He will automatically take the No. 2 seed on the bracket.

A six-for-four playoff went off at the end of the day, and after four extra holes at Harding Park -- Nos. 16, 17, 18 and 1 -- Alexander Barclay, John Jones, George McNeely and Gary Knight advanced.

The San Francisco City Championship continues next weekend, with three rounds of match play scheduled, which will pare the field down to the final 16.

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


*An NCGA Points Tournament*

**Entry procedure for 2023: Exempt players will have first chance to register. They will be emailed an access code to register, and registration for these players opens on January 3. Registration opens for all other players on January 15.

Exempt players may email results@amateurgolf.com to request an access code.

Exemption categories:

* The past 10 years of the San Francisco City Golf Champions
* 2022 San Francisco City Men’s Championship Match Play Qualifiers
* Top 20 men’s 2021-2022 NCGA Points Lists
* 2022 NCGA Champions (Amateur, Mid-Amateur, Junior)
* 2022 USGA Event Qualifiers (Amateur, Mid- Amateur, Junior)

On January 15 at 8:00 am, registration will open to all players with a handicap index of 6.4 or lower as of the date of entry, and will remain open until the field limit (120 players) is reached. When the field limit is reached, all additional entrants will pre-qualify at Presidio Golf Club on Friday, March 10, 2023.

Players 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 $185 (must be paid prior to playing).

The 36-hole match play qualifier will be held March 11-12, 2023, 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 18, 2023. All match play for the Championship Flight will be held at TPC Harding Park.

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

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 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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