Domingo Jojola won three matches this weekend (Photo by Mike Benham, for AmateurGolf.com)
After a long weekend at TPC Harding Park, the Men's Championship is down to the final four players, setting up a final weekend which will crown a first-time champion.
Three matches were played over the weekend -- one Saturday and two Sunday -- paring the field from 32 down to four semifinalists.
Normally, the match play field for the San Francisco City is 64, but the field was compressed, and the tournament played earlier this year, due to preparations for the PGA Championship which will be held at TPC Harding Park in May. It will be the first-ever major hosted by Harding Park.
The upside to the changes is the conditioning of the golf course. As two-time senior champion Jim Knoll
attested (and he has played his fair share of City championships), it may be the best playing conditions ever seen for this championship. "What a privilege to able to play a course as it prepares itself for a major championship," said Knoll. "Most of us will never have this opportunity again!"
, the No. 32 seed who got into the match play on the qualifying number, won his three matches to reach the semifinal round. On Saturday, he got a big win over the qualifying medalist and 2018 champion Jason Anthony
, 2 and 1. Then on Sunday, he really got on a roll, winning on the 13th hole in the morning and then on the 15th hole in the afternoon against Ty Macias.
Related: Jason Anthony earns Medalist honors at San Francisco City
Jojola will face Michael Jensen
, the No. 4 seed who cruised Saturday 5 and 4, and then on Sunday got a 2 and 1 win over Ryan Grauman and a 4 and 3 win over Sam Harris.
made the semifinals for the second-straight year. Last year he lost to the eventual champion Evan Peterson
, but hopes to succeed him as champion this year. After narrow wins on the 19th hole and 2 up, Verna got it going Sunday afternoon with a 5 and 4 win over Andrew Biggadike.
Related: Peterson finds his inner fire in winning San Francisco City
Verna will face first-time City championship participant Charles Porter
, who played 37 holes on Sunday but pulled out both matches to reach the semis. He edged out Alex Chin
on the 19th hole in a tight battle on Sunday afternoon.
Alex Chin (Mike Benham photo)
Former California Amateur champion Bobby Bucey
, a semifinalist here a year ago, fell in his second round match to Chin.
The women were the last group to start their championship, with stroke play qualifying held on Saturday and the first round of matches played on Sunday.
was the qualifying medalist, shooting the only under-par round, a 2-under 70. Faith Low was second with an even-par 72 but took the No. 3 seed into match play as the defending champion, Danielle Suh, was seeded No. 2.
The top 16 players qualified for the Championship bracket, while the next 16 made the Inskter Flight bracket.
Eight players remain after a couple of surprises that saw both Suh and Low lose their matches. One thing is for certain though -- youth will be served next weekend. Every remaining player is a teenager, with Andrea Gomez the oldest at the age of 18.
ABOUT THE San Francisco City Championship
ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY 5:00 PM
OCTOBER 1, 2021
MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION
$300 ENTRY FEE INCLUDES ALL GREEN FEES.
**Entry procedure for fall 2021:
players, and players who
were in the field this spring before the tournament
was postponed will have
first chance to re-register. They will be emailed an
access code to register,
and registration for these players will open on
will then open for all other players on August
* 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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