Match play field set for San Francisco City Championship
Medalist Daniel Connolly won the NCGA Stroke Play in July<br> (NCGA Photo)
Medalist Daniel Connolly won the NCGA Stroke Play in July
(NCGA Photo)

Coveted spots in the match play brackets for the San Francisco City Men's Championships were secured over the weekend through 36 holes of qualifying at Lincoln Park Golf Course and TPC Harding Park.

San Francisco native Daniel Connolly, who won The City in his hometown in 2016 as a high schooler, earned medalist honors and the top seed by finishing 9-under 131 after carding rounds of 64 (-5) at Lincoln Park followed by a 4-under 67 at TPC Harding. The reigning NCGA Amateur Stroke Play champion made a pair of eagles on two of Harding's reachable par-5's, the ninth and 12th, en route to his 67 and medalist honors.

Amal Mahal of San Mateo, Calif. earned the No. 2 seed at 5-under 135 after rounds of 69 at Harding and 66 at Lincoln Park.

Two of the Bay Area's top junior golfers, Chanhee Ryu of Pleasanton's Foothill High School and Niall Shiels Donegan, a product of Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley landed the No. 4 and 5 seeds, respectively. Ryu, who attends Foothill High School, tied for third with former Pacific golfer Beau Forest at 4-under 136, while Donegan, a product of Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, finished fifth at 3-under 137.

Donegan is no stranger to match play success, reaching the quarterfinals of the prestigious R&A Boys’ Amateur Championship at Royal Cinque Ports in August.

Veteran mid-amateur Jason Anthony, who has a semifinalist in the recent Crump Cup at Pine Valley, will look for his second City championship following his victory in 2018. He also reached the finals in 2019 and was medalist last year.

The cut to advance to match play (top 64) came at 11-over par 151. The round of 64 will take place on Nov. 6 while the round of 32 and 16 will be contested the following day. The quarterfinals and semifinals will take place on Nov. 13 with the 36-hole match play final is set for Nov. 14 at TPC Harding Park.

Kylee Choi
In the Women's Division, 15-year-old Kylee Choi made the trip north from Murrieta (home town of Rickie Fowler) worthwhile by taking medalist honors in the 18-hole qualifier at 2-under 70. Choi took just a single bogey (on the par-3 11th) against birdies on Nos. 3, 7, and the par-3 17th. Olivia Duan, 15, of Cupertino posted 1-under 71 to finish a shot back.

The San Francisco City Golf Championship, commonly known as "The City," is the oldest consecutively played golf competition in the world – 91 years and counting. Former major championship winners Ken Venturi, Johnny Miller, George Archer, Bob Rosburg and Tom Watson took part in The City during the formative years of their careers, but only Venturi and Archer managed to win the championship.

ABOUT THE San Francisco City Championship


*An NCGA Points Tournament*

**Entry procedure for 2023: Exempt players will have first chance to register. They will be emailed an access code to register, and registration for these players opens on January 3. Registration opens for all other players on January 15.

Exempt players may email results@amateurgolf.com to request an access code.

Exemption categories:

* The past 10 years of the San Francisco City Golf Champions
* 2022 San Francisco City Men’s Championship Match Play Qualifiers
* Top 20 men’s 2021-2022 NCGA Points Lists
* 2022 NCGA Champions (Amateur, Mid-Amateur, Junior)
* 2022 USGA Event Qualifiers (Amateur, Mid- Amateur, Junior)

On January 15 at 8:00 am, registration will open to all players with a handicap index of 6.4 or lower as of the date of entry, and will remain open until the field limit (120 players) is reached. When the field limit is reached, all additional entrants will pre-qualify at Presidio Golf Club on Friday, March 10, 2023.

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 additional $225 (must be paid prior to playing).

The 36-hole match play qualifier will be held March 11-12, 2023, 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 18, 2023. All match play for the Championship Flight will be held at TPC Harding Park.

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

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

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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