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SF City Championship: Video coverage of quarters

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.

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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 AmateurGolf.com 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 sfgolfchampionship.com.

WITHDRAWALS AND REFUND POLICY
Players needing to withdraw should do so by filling out the form at sfgolfchampionship.com/contact/. 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.

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

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ABOUT THE SAN FRANCISCO CITY CHAMPIONSHIP
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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