SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (Feb. 28, 2008)-- The Visa San Francisco City Championship is already well underway, with the Round of 16 starting Saturday at Harding Park Golf Course for the men's and women's championship flights. amateurgolf.com will be on site over the weekend providing video coverage, but before we touch down in San Francisco, we thought we'd bring you up to date on what you may have missed.
Colby Smith of Auburn was the medalist at 137, winning his first two matches against Derek Chang and Pat Phillips. Smith, who will play at UNLV next season, will meet up with amateurgolf.com tournament series veteran Freddy Wolfe in the Round of 16. Wolfe, a UC Berkeley golfer, topped Trent Tessler and Dylan Smith.
In typical SF City Championship fashion, the up-and-coming Smith was followed in qualifying by Bay Area golfing legend Gary Vanier, who is in his 50's. It should be no surprise that Vanier, an Olympic Club member, is still in the hunt, as he is a six-time winner of the event. For the tournament's history, and a full list of champions, click here.
Vanier topped Devin Hexner (30 years his junior) in the second round, and will have his hands full with the long-hitting Taylor Travis in the Round of 16.
Another golfer that surprised no one by making it this far was amateurgolf.com Tournament Series Player of the Year Randy Haag. The NCGA runner-up for POY defeated fellow Olympic Club member Stephen Molinelli, who had a moment in the sun last summer caddying for eventual U.S. Amateur champion Colt Knost at his home club.
Haag will take on Scott Hardy in what may be the marquee match up on Saturday.
Hardy, the golf coach at St. Mary's, has came very close to taking home the U.S. Mid-Amateur title in the past, and survived a scare from Sam Smith in the Round of 32, winning in 20 holes.
For the full championship flight bracket, click here.
The senior championship flight will feature another amateurgolf.com Player of the Year, Jay Guerin, who took medalist honors at 70 and will now take on James Miller in the quarterfinals, which take place March 8th.
Also still in the running are Jim Knoll, a veteran of several U.S. Senior Amateurs, and Frank Pieper, son of another Bay Area legend, Frank Pieper.
Defending champ Carl Selkirk will face off with Bob Fleming.
For the full senior championship bracket, click here.
In the women's flight, there will be a 4-for-6 playoff before action kicks off on Saturday, March 1, with medalist Diane Kwon of Fremont looking for her third straight title.
For the full women's championship bracket, click here.
A pair of regulars in the amateurgolf.com Tournament Series are still alive in the John Susko Flight of the Open Division. We wish Rick Shumate and James Grensted the best of luck.
For the full John Susko Flight bracket, click here, for the Ken Venture bracket, click here, and for the Harvie Ward bracket, click here.
ABOUT THE San Francisco City Championship
**Field limit of 120 has been reached; players
who have not registered should enter the Pre-Qualifier
ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY 5:00 PM
OCTOBER 1, 2021
MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION
$300 ENTRY FEE INCLUDES ALL GREEN FEES.
*An NCGA Points Tournament*
**Entry procedure for fall 2021:
who were in the field
this spring before the tournament was postponed
have first chance
to re-register. They will be emailed an access code to
registration for these players opens on July
opens for all other players on August
**If you were in the field when the tournament was
postponed, but did not receive an email
with the access code (whether going to spam or
being blocked by your email account), you
can email email@example.com to request an
Exempt players who were not in the field when the
tournament was postponed may email
firstname.lastname@example.org during the month of July to
request an access code.
* The past 10 years of the San Francisco City Golf
* 2020 San Francisco City Men’s Championship
Match Play Qualifiers
* Top 20 men’s 2019-2020 NCGA Points Lists
* 2020 NCGA Champions (Amateur, Mid-Amateur,
* 2020 USGA Event Qualifiers (Amateur, Mid-
On August 1, 2020 at 8:00 am, registration will
open to all players with a handicap index of 6.4
as of the date of entry, and will remain
until the field limit (120 players) is reached.
When the field limit is reached, all additional entrants
will pre-qualify at Lincoln Park on Friday,
October 29, 2021.
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
The 36-hole match play qualifier will be held 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 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
player must be present in order to retain his
to participate in the playoff.
Match play will begin on November 6, 2021. All
play for the Championship Flight will be held 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 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
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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