Defending champ Anthony to meet Peterson in SF City final
Jason Anthony
Jason Anthony

Recent champions of the San Francisco City Championship have skewed young, but they include some of the finest Bay Area-based college players to pass through the game in recent years. In that respect, defending champion Jason Anthony is a little different.

At 35 years old, Anthony is making a case for the mid-ams. But with one more match-play victory at TPC Harding Park, the Fairfield, Calif., resident could stand out for another reason. Not since Jim Evans in 1996 has a San Francisco City champion defended his title.

Anthony, the No. 2 seed, advanced through his quarterfinal and semifinal matches on Saturday with relative ease. He took down Brett Viboch, 4 and 3, to start the day, then met Viboch’s four-ball partner Bobby Bucey (the two medaled at the 2018 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball) in the afternoon.

With more at stake, the afternoon match was a little tighter. Anthony advanced through that one by a 2-up margin.

On Sunday, Anthony will meet Evan Peterson for a 36-hole final. Peterson, the No. 12 seed, played even fewer holes than Anthony on Saturday. He defeated William Parker, 5 and 4, in the quarterfinals then took down Tony Verna, 6 and 5, in the semifinals.

Peterson is a redshirt junior on the St. Mary’s College roster who hails from Clovis, Calif.

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 $225 (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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