San Francisco Men's City Championship: Parker Mapes holds qualifying lead
First round leader Parker Mapes shot 4-under 68
First round leader Parker Mapes shot 4-under 68

Parker Mapes has an easy way about him. 

The Cal Poly junior from Pleasanton found San Francisco's TPC Harding Park easier than the rest of the field today, too. In today's first round of the 36-hole medal play portion of the San Francisco City Championship,

Mapes shot 4-under 68 with just a single blemish on the card, a double bogey on the short par-4 7th where he lost a ball in the wet, thick rough. But he didn't whine about it during or after the round.

"It would have been nice to find that one," said Mapes. "Kind of a bad break I guess."

As it turned out, Mapes went from 2-under to even par quickly with that double. But it's how you react to adversity on the course that matters. Mapes went on to par the difficult par-3 8th, then eagled No. 9 to shoot 34 on the front nine. He was flawless the rest of the way in, adding two more birdies for a second 34 on the back to post the only round in the 60's at either of the two courses on Saturday.

Mapes said he hopes to go all the way last year, after being taken out in the first round of match play in 2023.

On Sunday, players will flip-flop to play the course they didn't today, which means Mapes will head over to the Presidio, where the parking lot is perched atop a hill in perfect view of Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay below. The course provides an urban view of San Francisco's hilly neighborhoods -- its rolling terrain makes drainage more difficult during the extremely wet Northern California winter.

Staying in play is paramount at both courses and especially important at Presidio, where grass as tall as a foot makes traipsing through the forest after a wayward ball more of a fishing expedition than a rescue mission. 

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Christian Quint of Loomis (Northeast of Sacramento in the Sierra Nevada foothills) managed to stay in play and record some birdies on his way to a 2-under 70, which puts him in excellent shape and heading into the second round.

Quint, who just turned 45, is a seasoned tournament player who qualified for the NCGA and U.S.Mid-Amateur in 2023. He made it to the final 32 at "The City" in both 2021 and 2022. 

Five additional players shot 1-under 71. Luis Terraza of Santa Rosa, Mason Browning of San Mateo, and Nikolia Friedman of Mill Valley posted their rounds at Harding Park, while Matthew Lin of Orinda and 2016 champion Daniel Connolly of San Francisco played Presidio. 

After tomorrow's second round of stroke play, the field will be cut to 64 players who will advance to match play, with a playoff at Harding Park at 4:00 pm determining the final positions if required.

After today's round, there are 65 players at 5-over or better. 

Results: San Francisco City Championship
WinCAMikey BurklandAlamo, CA180
Runner-upCAA.J. FitzgeraldSalinas, CA120
SemifinalsCARyan VaughanSan Jose, CA80
SemifinalsCAGiulio ZanichelliSan Francisco, CA80
QuarterfinalsCAGrant JohnsonWalnut Creek, CA50

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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 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

Players needing to withdraw should do so by filling out the form at tact/. 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.

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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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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