From left, Schroeder, Knoll, Haag, Gabelman (Photos by Mark Benham)
Only four men remain in the senior division of the San Francisco City Championship, but there will be no easy pass to the championship match no matter what corner of the bracket you look at.
If there’s an upper hand to be had at TPC Harding Park, then Randy Haag has it. Haag, the 60-year-old from Orinda, Calif., has a strong history in this event. He is not only the defending champion in this division, but also won the senior title in 2016. He won the championship division in 1999.
After taking the No. 1 seed in stroke-play qualifying, Haag skated into the Round of 16 with a 6-and-5 victory. He won his next two matches by smaller margins but arrived at the semifinals nonetheless.
Haag is a four-time NCGA Player of the Year as well as a member of the NCGA Hall of fame, but his next opponent will likely be his toughest. He will face off against Jim Knoll, another of the NCGA’s most decorated players.
Knoll is a former PNGA Senior Amateur champion (2014) and U.S. Senior Amateur semifinalist (2012). He is the No. 21 seed in this event, but after a 19-hole scare against Jeff Britton in the Round of 16, has continued to advance through the bracket.
Consider Haag vs. Knoll the marquee senior match-up, but on the bottom of the bracket, Andrew Gabelman and Steve Schroeder will also be a tough contest.
Gabelman is a 60-year-old veteran of nearly a dozen USGA championships who also competed in this year’s Stocker Cup.
Schroeder, meanwhile, played the 1989 and 1990 U.S. Open, missing the cut both times, and was runner-up at the 2014 San Francisco City Senior Championship.
Both senior matches will be played Saturday March 16. In the super senior division, however, the bracket will be whittled from eight men to four on Wednesday March 13. Ely Orquiza already took down top-seeded Mark Miller in the opening match, 2 and 1, but No. 2 seeded Stuart Francis remains.
ABOUT THE San Francisco City Senior
ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY 5:00 PM OCTOBER 1, 2021
SENIOR MEN'S DIVISION
$225 ENTRY FEE INCLUDES ALL GREEN FEES.
**Entry procedure for fall 2021:
Players who were in the field this spring before the
tournament was postponed will have first chance to re-register. They will be emailed an
access code to register, and registration for these players will open on July 1
Registration will then open for all other players on August 1
Open to the first 110 entries received. Participants must have an index
of 9.4 or lower
as of the date of entry and must be 55 or older as of the first day of
the tournament. Qualifying will consist of one 18-hole stroke play round
after which the Senior Men's Championship Flight will consist of 32 match play contestants.
In case of ties, a card-off (see SF City Golf
Championship Playoff Procedures) will determine the players who
will advance to match play. Players’ scores will
determine seeding for
match play. There will be no refunds
after entries close.
All rounds will be played at
TPC Harding Park
A schedule of all dates of
play can be found on the tournament website
ABOUT THE SAN FRANCISCO CITY
The oldest municipal
tournament in the
play event with scratch men's, senior, women's,
divisions. Past champions include Ken
Venturi, Harvie Ward, Juli Inkster, Bob Rosburg,
George Archer, and Dorothy Delasin.
Some of the 'non winners' include Tom
and Johnny Miller. Click the 'history' tab for
more about this wonderful event.
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