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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

** 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.

MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION
$300 ENTRY FEE INCLUDES ALL GREEN FEES.

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.

ABOUT THE SAN FRANCISCO CITY CHAMPIONSHIP
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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