SF City Women's Championship: Nicole Iniakov earns medalist honors
Nicole Iniakov picks her ball out of the hole on No. 9 after making a birdie
Nicole Iniakov picks her ball out of the hole on No. 9 after making a birdie

Nicole Iniakov of Prunedale, Calif., Iniakov took advantage of the warmest day of the year in San Francisco and was the lone golfer to break 70 at the 2024 San Francisco City Women's Championship at Presidio Golf Course. Iniakov shot 3-under 69 to best the field by two shots.

Iniakov is a junior in high school and is committed to playing collegiate golf, but that announcement will come later. The junior plays out of The Club at Crazy Horse Ranch in Salinas, Calif., and occasionally at Bayonet Black Horse.

Iniakov started on the back nine, birding her first hole, and made three total birdies before making the turn and making two birdies on the front nine coming into the clubhouse.

Taylor Baker of Sacramento, Calif., and Emily Luo of Danville, Calif., finished T2 and two shots back of Iniakov at 1-over. Darla May Dela Torre of Fairfield, Calif., finished in solo fourth place at even par, and Sydney Silva of Castro Valley, Calif., finished in solo fifth place at 1-over.

Iniakov did a little bit of everything in the round, even putting with the pin in the final hole, No. 9, to help pace of play after a ruling on the hole. Pin in or out, she poured in her fifth birdie of the day and finished birdie-birdie on holes Nos. 8 and 9 to get to 3-under. 

"My biggest aspiration is to play LPGA, but there are a lot of stepping stones, and I want to have a great summer this year and play in some bigger amateur tournaments and play well in them," Iniakov said. "I am just excited to keep going."

However, it wasn't all sunshine and rainbows in the round as she hit a 9-iron to a foot but missed the putt. She also recorded a four-putt in the round.

"It was a lot of up and down today but mostly up, which is always fun," Iniakov said.

In the Senior Division, Christy Atencio of Reno, Nev., finished at the top of the leaderboard at 10-over 82, besting the field by seven shots. Claire Chang of Palo Alto, Calif., finished in solo second place at 17-over, and Lynn Couillard of Irvine, Calif., finished in solo third place at 18-over.

A four-for-two playoff determined the 15th and 16th spots in the Championship Division. Both of the golfers, Allison Yang of Santa Clara, Calif., and Morgan Pittman of Chico, Calif., won with a birdie on the first playoff hole, No. 18.

The 16 players that advanced to the match play portion will play at TPC Harding Park on Saturday. The Julie Inkster flight and the Senior Division will have their first round at Presidio Golf Course on Saturday.

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ABOUT THE San Francisco City Women's Championship


*An NCGA Points Tournament*

Open to the first 84 entries received; Championship and Senior Divisions. No handicap index is required.

Qualifying consists of one 18-hole stroke play round on Fri Mar 15, after which the lowest 16 scorers will be seeded accordingly in the Women's Championship Flight. Contestants with the 17th through 32nd lowest scores will be seeded accordingly in the Juli Inkster Flight.

For the Senior division, participants must have an age of 50 or older as of the first day of the tournament. Qualifying will consist of one 18- hole stroke play round, from which the low 8 scores will advance to the Women’s Senior Championship Flight.

Individual scores will determine seeding for match play. 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.

New for 2024: Stroke play qualifying will be held at Presidio Golf Club, as will the first match play round in the Inkster Flight and the Senior Flight. All other match play rounds will be held at TPC Harding Park.

Match play is scheduled for Sat-Sun Mar 16-17, with the semis and finals on Sat-Sun Mar 23- 24. For seniors, there will be no match play round on Sun Mar 17.

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 . 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 Women’s Championship and Inkster Flights (Appendix I – Local Rule Applies)


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The oldest municipal tournament in the USA. Match play event with scratch men's, senior, 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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