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Edan Cui earns top seed at San Francisco City Championships
Edan Cui (AJGA photo)
Edan Cui (AJGA photo)

Edan Cui, a freshman at Crystal Springs Uplands School, earned the top-seed for the match-play portion of the San Francisco City Championships over the weekend.

Cui, a native of Atherton, Calif., was one of three golfers to finish the 36-hole qualifier with a 4-under 136 after carding rounds of 68 at TPC Harding Park and Lincoln Park Golf Course. Joey Hayden, a senior at De La Salle High School who will play his collegiate golf next year at Santa Clara, enters match play of the men's championship flight as the No. 2 seed while Matt Watkins, a junior at the Academy of the Art University in San Francisco, is seeded third.

Cui, 14, is building an impressive junior resume for himself. He won the U.S. Kids Golf Foundation World Teen Championship last July and followed with his first American Junior Golf Association victory at the UHY New York Junior Championship. Cui ended his summer by winning the AJGA Junior All-Star Tournament at Stanford with a 15-under par score of 205.

Amy Na, a sophomore at Pleasant Valley High School in Chico, Calif., is the top seed in the women's championship flight.

The road to the men's championship is particularly grueling. Round of 64 and 32 matches will be contested next Saturday and Sunday, with quarterfinal and semifinals slayed for Saturday, April 2. The men's championship match will be decided over 36 holes on Sunday, April 3 at TPC Harding Park.

The San Francisco City Golf Championship, known affectionately to Bay Area golfers simply as "The City," was first played in 1917 and has been played every year thereafter, making it one of the longest consecutively contested amateur tournaments in America. With roughly 600 players annually, The City is also one of the last large municipal tournaments in the country. Competition takes place at TPC Harding Park and Lincoln Park golf courses where in keeping with tradition the ball is played down regardless of the weather.

The City has been a springboard for many amateurs who have gone on to play professionally. Past Champions include U.S. Open Champion Ken Venturi, PGA Champion Bob Rosburg, Masters Champion George Archer and U.S. Women’s Open Champion Juli Inkster.

Results: San Francisco City Championship
WinCAMichael JensenSan Francisco, CA180
Runner-upCAKyle DoughertyIrvine, CA120
SemifinalsCABrett VibochSacramento, CA80
SemifinalsCAWilliam WalshSan Mateo, CA80
QuarterfinalsCABeau ForestRedding, CA50

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ABOUT THE San Francisco City Championship

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*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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