SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (March 2, 2008)-- Former San Francisco City Champion Randy Haag defeated medalist Colby Smith, who had been red-hot throughout the tournament 2 & 1 Sunday at the Harding Park Golf Course to reach the semifinals for the third time in the last four years, while making a bid to win his second title, the first coming in 1999.
"I knew it was going to be a tough match, Colby being the medalist and I got a preview of his game yesterday, so I knew he was a very, very long hitter, very good touch around the greens, good putter, just an all-around great game," said Haag, who has carded only five bogeys thus far in match play. "He birdied the first hole and got me in a bit of a hole, but I was able to make a birdie on four to even the match, and then when I went up in the match I felt it put a little extra pressure on him."
He will be faced by San Jose's Kent Yamane, who will be looking for a bit of revenge after being dispatched by Haag in a previous SF City Championship.
"I played Randy two years ago actually and I was hoping I'd be able to play him again, I've been looking forward to it," said Yamane after topping Eric Meeker 3 & 2. "He's solid, he doesn't make mistakes and he's a great putter. It's really how many birdies can you make against Randy, he's not going to give you anything."
Martin Trainer used his short game to cover for an occasionally spotty performance off the tee en route to a 2 & 1 victory over Nick Sako.
"Today my long game was not what I expected, but my short game really saved me," said Trainer, a junior at Gunn High School in Palo Alto. "I think that's what really put me back in the match, the fact that my short game was there and my putting was pretty awesome."
It was Tim Honeycutt's work off the tee in the later holes that put him ahead of Taylor Travis, who a day earlier had eliminated six-time champ Gary Vanier.
"It was pretty close the whole day, the tee shot on 16 I striped it, best tee shot of the day," said Honeycutt after his 3 & 1 victory. "It allowed me to hit a wedge into the green, two putt for par to tie that hole, then the tee shot on 17 is what sealed it. Hit it to within eight feet and won that hole and the match."
Semifinal play for the men's championship will resume Saturday, March 8th, for the full bracket, click here.
The women's flight had a pair of exciting finishes, as both teams in the second group needed extra holes to decide their match.
For the second day in a row Kelly Wilson needed extra holes to earn her spot in the next round, this time it was against Samantha Esguerra in what was the most exciting match of the day.
Wilson had Esguerra dormie heading into the 17th hole, but the Alameda golfer responded with back-to-back birdies to extend the match. The emotional comeback may have given Esguerra a bit too much adrenaline heading into the first playoff hole, as she hooked her tee shot OB, giving Wilson a chance to win with par.
"Going into 17 and 18 I have to give all the credit to Samantha, she birdied both holes, hit great tee shots and made a great putt on 18 probably from 12 feet to make birdie and extend the match," said Wilson. "She's a great player and really started to come on on the back side. I knew I just had to stay focused and make her work for it."
The second match of that foursome didn't lack for excitement either, as Emily Childs finally closed the deal on the 21st hole when she knocked her tee shot on the par-3 third to within a few feet, then drained the birdie to defeat Kortnie Maxoutopoulis.
Dorothy Schwartz topped Grace Na 1-up in her match and will meet Jordan Ontiveros in the semi's. A day after unseating two-time defending champion Diane Kwon, Ontiveros overcame Jane Dong 2-up.
For the full women's championship bracket, click here.
Then senior men were off for the weekend, they will resume semifinal play next weekend. Next weekend, medalist Jay Guerin, who hasn't played past the 15th hole in match play thus far, will take on Jim Knoll, while Bob Fleming will meet Frank Pieper. For a look at that bracket, click here.
For a look at the brackets of the open flights' John Susko bracket, click here, for the Ken Venture bracket, click here, and for the Harvie Ward bracket, click here.
amateurgolf.com would like to thank Kemper Sports and the San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department, as well as Tournament Chairmain Mike Miller and Harding Park first assistant pro Almar Valenzuela for all their help over the weekend. Be sure to check back in next week for coverage of the semifinals and championship rounds.
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
players under the following
* The past 10 years of the San Francisco City
* 2023 San Francisco City Men’s
Match Play Qualifiers
* Top 20 men’s 2022-2023 NCGA Points
* 2023 NCGA Champions (Amateur, Mid-
* The top 3 finishers in each of the 6 AmateurGolf.com Winter
(Dec 2023-Feb 2024)
Registration for exempt players, and for non-
players with a handicap index
of 6.4 or lower
as of the date of
entry, opens on October 1 and will
open until the field limit (120 players including
reserved for exempt players)
is reached. When the field limit is reached, all
additional registrants will be entered in
pre-qualifier at Presidio Golf Club on Friday,
Once entries close, if there are any unfilled
the Men's Championship (due to
fewer than 50 exempt players registering
or withdrawals), they will be filled by Pre-
registrants in the order in which
Players entering pre-qualifying will pay an
of $165 for the pre-qualifier, and
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
9-10, 2024, with
18 holes played at TPC Harding Park and 18
Course for a combined 36-hole qualifying
There will be 156 players in the qualifying
64 players advancing to match play. When all
qualifying has been completed, the Men’s
Championship Flight will consist of 64
In the event of a playoff to qualify for
player must be present in order to retain his
to participate in the playoff.
Match play will begin on March 16, 2024. All
match play for the Championship Flight (Mar
23-24) will be held
at TPC Harding Park.
A schedule of all dates of
play can be found on the tournament website
WITHDRAWALS AND REFUND
Players needing to withdraw should do so by
out the form at sfgolfchampionship.com/contact/
the entry deadline of February 19
refund of their entry fee minus
$50. There will be no refunds after the
The use of carts is prohibited for players and
in the Men’s Championship Flight (Appendix I
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