Visa SF City Championship: Action resumes Sat.
photo courtesy SCGA
photo courtesy SCGA

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. 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 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 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 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 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

*An NCGA Points Tournament*

**New Entry Procedure for 2024: Registration opens for all players on October 1. There will be 50 spots held for exempt players under the following categories:

* The past 10 years of the San Francisco City Golf Champions
* 2023 San Francisco City Men’s Championship Match Play Qualifiers
* Top 20 men’s 2022-2023 NCGA Points Lists
* 2023 NCGA Champions (Amateur, Mid- Amateur, Junior)
* The top 3 finishers in each of the 6 Winter Tour events (Dec 2023-Feb 2024)

Registration for exempt players, and for non- exempt players with a handicap index of 6.4 or lower as of the date of entry, opens on October 1 and will remain open until the field limit (120 players including spots reserved for exempt players) is reached. When the field limit is reached, all additional registrants will be entered in the pre-qualifier at Presidio Golf Club on Friday, March 8, 2024.

Once entries close, if there are any unfilled spots in the Men's Championship (due to fewer than 50 exempt players registering or withdrawals), they will be filled by Pre- Qualifier registrants in the order in which they registered.

Players entering pre-qualifying will pay an entry fee of $165 for the pre-qualifier, and those advancing from the pre-qualifier will pay the remainder of the entry fee (must be paid prior to playing).

The 36-hole match play qualifier will be held March 9-10, 2024, 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 16, 2024. All match play for the Championship Flight (Mar 16-17, 23-24) will be held at TPC Harding Park.

A schedule of all dates of play can be found on the tournament website

Players needing to withdraw should do so by filling out the form at Players withdrawing before the entry deadline of February 19 will receive a refund of their entry fee minus $50. There will be no refunds after the entry deadline.

The use of carts is prohibited for players and caddies in the Men’s Championship Flight (Appendix I – Local Rule Applies)


SF City players get 50% off Strackaline Yardage Books! CLICK HERE for details

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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