San Francisco City quarters set; title defense still possible
Travis Peterson (Photo by Mike Benham)
Travis Peterson (Photo by Mike Benham)

For defending San Francisco City champion Jason Anthony, the weekend got progressively easier. The 64-man field played three matches at TPC Harding Park over Saturday and Sunday, and Anthony won each by a larger and larger margin.

The former Fresno State player barely scraped by in the first round and needed an extra hole against Gary Knight just to guarantee himself a match on Sunday. From there, he took down Aaron Chen, 2 and 1, before needing only 14 holes in his Round of 16 match against Andrew Bernick.

Anthony, 35, has logged top-10 finishes at the Fresno City Amateur and the Stocker cup since his San Francisco City win a year ago. He was affectionately dubbed as an “old guy” in a tournament that – like many – skews young.

While Anthony ran the gauntlet as the No. 2 seed, top-seeded Finigan Tilly, a member of the Cal roster who earned that spot through 36 holes of qualifying, went down in his first match. After trading the lead back and forth with No. 64 seed George McNeely for 18 holes, Tilly lost on the 20th hole to a McNeely par.

For McNeely, an 18-year-old from Carmel, Calif., the thrill of victory was short-lived. Travis Peterson pulled the same trick on Sunday morning, taking down McNeely in 20 holes. Peterson went on to defeat Dylan VanderVeer, a junior at St. Mary’s College, in the afternoon by a 1-up margin.

Along with Anthony on the bottom of the bracket, San Francisco City returners Brett Viboch and Bobby Bucey also advanced to the quarterfinals. The two men must win the next match to face off against each other, which would make for an excellent match considering that they are also four-ball partners. The two were medalists at last year’s U.S. Amateur Four-Ball and won the NCGA Four-Ball title in 2016.

Quarterfinal play will resume on Saturday March 16 in the championship division, while the open division has been whittled down to four players in each of six brackets.

In the women’s division, top-seeded Sophie Thai got a big 6-and-4 victory over Andrea Gomez to move into the quarterfinals. Only Danielle Suh’s victory was bigger. The No. 4 seed defeated Grace Bettis, 7 and 6, to earn a tee time for next weekend.

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 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.

36-hole match play qualifier on October 30 and 31, 2021, with 18 holes played at TPC Harding Park and 18 holes at Lincoln Park Golf Course for a combined 36-hole qualifying score.

There are 156 players in the qualifying round with 64 players advancing to match play. Match play starts November 6, 2021. All match play for the Championship Flight held at TPC Harding Park.

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