Crowning weekend ahead at San Francisco City Golf Championships
24 Mar 2023
by Jim Young of AmateurGolf.com

see also: View results for San Francisco City Championship, TPC Harding Park Golf Course

The San Francisco City Championships, one of the longest consecutively contested amateur tournaments in America which dates back to 1917, enters its final weekend of match play starting on Saturday at TPC Harding Park.

The quarterfinals and semifinals of the men's championship division will be contested on Saturday with the title match scheduled for Sunday morning. The women's semifinals will be held on Saturday with the winners advancing to Sunday's championship match. Both finals are scheduled for 36 holes.

Additionally, champions will be crowned in the men's senior and super-senior divisions on Sunday.

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Men's Championship Division

Matthew Watkins (No. 2) and Kyreece Romero (No. 6) are the only single-digit seeds remaining in the men's championship bracket and could potentially square off in one semifinal match on Saturday afternoon.

A native of Novato, Watkins, who played collegiately at the Academy of the Arts in San Francisco, will face former Buschnell University golfer Michael Carrillo (Chualar) with the winner advancing to the semis against either Romero or Foothill High School senior Brandon Knight (Pleasanton).

Knight won last year's CIF State Championship and has signed a letter of intent to play his collegiate golf at Colorado next year while Romero is the brother of two golfing sisters, Kaleiya, who is a junior at Pepperdine and Kiara, who is currently ranked ninth nationally by the American Junior Golf Association and will play collegiately at Oregon.

In the top half of the bracket, No. 16 Mitchell Hoey, a sophomore at Saint Mary's College, earned a spot in the quarterfinals after handily dispatching No. 1 seed Grant Yerger, 5 and 4, in the Round of 16. His path doesn't get easier, as he will square off against Joshua Wang, a sophomore at Palo Alto High School who recently finished third in the Pacific Grove City Championships, in the quarters.

The winner of the Hoey-Wang match will advance to the semifinals against either Vijay Srinivasan, a graduate student at San Jose State, or San Francisco resident Nic Neinken.

Neinken, 35, is the oldest player remaining in the field. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 2011 and currently serves as shopping ads solutions architect at Google. He also co-runs the Google Golf Club, which brings together local coworkers through golf and provides motivation to keep (or start) competing in friendly tournaments.

Quarterfinals; March 25
No. 16 Mitchell Hoey (Alamo, Calif.) vs. No. 25 Joshua Wang (Palo Alto, Calif.); 7:20 a.m.
No. 20 Vijay Srinivasan (Fremont, Calif.) vs. No. 44 Nic Neinken (San Francisco); 7:20 a.m.
No. 2 Matthew Watkins (Novato, Calif.) vs. No. 10 Michael Carrillo (Chualar, Calif.); 7:30 a.m.
No. 14 Brandon Knight (Pleasanton, Calif.) vs. No. 6 Kyreece Romero (San Jose); 7:30 a.m.

Semifinals; March 25

Championship Match (36 holes)
Sunday, March 26; 7:10 a.m.

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Related: Top 10 Things You Need to Know About the San Francisco City Golf Championships

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Women's Championship Division

Four of the Bay Area's top high school golfers will square off to decide the women's championship.

In the top half of the bracket, Emily Luo, the ninth-seed who is a junior at Monte Vista High School, will meet 13-seed Olivia Duan, a junior at Cupertino High School who has verbally committed to play her collegiate golf at Princeton.

The winner of the Luo-Duan match will advance to Sunday's 36-hole final against either No. 7-seeded Camille Tha, a sophomore at Los Altos High School, or 14-seed Michelle Ho, a sophomore at Dougherty Valley High School.

Duan had a strong showing at the Fortinet Girls' Championship two months ago at Stanford Golf Course, where she tied for 10th in a field that featured some of the top juniors on the west coast.

Semifinals; March 25
No. 9 Emily Luo (Danville, Calif.) vs. No. 13 Olivia Duan (Cupertino, Calif.); 8:00 a.m.
No. 7 Camille Thai (Los Altos, Calif.) vs. No. 14 Michelle Ho (San Ramon, Calif.); 8:00 a.m.

Championship Match (36 holes)
Sunday, March 26; 7:20 a.m.

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Senior Division

The quarterfinal matches of the senior division were not completed on Sunday. Next weekend's schedule is TBA.

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Super Senior Division

Semifinals; March 25
No. 9 Jim Himler (San Rafael, Calif.) vs. No. 4 Matt Vukicevich (Kenwood, Calif.); 7:40 a.m.
No. 10 Sunil Bhalla (Fremont, Calif.) vs. No. 3 Jim Williams (Orinda, Calif.); 7:40 a.m.

Championship Match
Sunday, March 26; 10:10 a.m.

Results: San Francisco City Championship
WinCABrandon KnightPleasanton, CA180
Runner-upCAMitchell HoeyAlamo, CA120
SemifinalsCAVijay SrinivasanFremont, CA80
SemifinalsCAMichael CarrilloChualar, CA80
QuarterfinalsCAJoshua WangPalo Alto, CA50

View full results for San Francisco City 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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