Mikey Burkland narrowly edges AJ Fitzgerald in San Francisco City men's final
A contingent of fans were at Harding Park cheering on Burkland
A contingent of fans were at Harding Park cheering on Burkland

Mikey Burkland of Alamo, Calif., needed all 36 holes to secure the 2024 San Francisco City 2024 Men's Championship at TPC Harding Park on Sunday.

Burkland battled with friend and competitor AJ Fitzgerald of Salinas, Calif., all the way to the final hole, getting up and down for par to secure a 1-up victory.

"I knew it was going to be a battle," Burkland said about the final match. "AJ is a great player, a great competitor, and a good friend. We play a lot in these tournaments out here." 

Burkland started hot and was 4-up through the first 18 holes, but found himself 1-down heading into the final nine holes after a blitz from Fitzgerald. 

Then, Burkland played "the best nine holes of golf" in his life to secure the win. He needed to make a par on the 36th hole to win, and he got up and down from the tricky Harding Park rough to make the championship-clinching par. Burkland was 2-under and bogey-free in the difficult conditions on the final nine holes.

"The relief when the ball went in the hole was unbelievable," Burkland said. "Just so pumped."

Burkland defeated Ryan Vaughan of San Jose, Calif., 6&5 in the semifinals to get to the final match, while Fitzgerald took down Guilio Zanichelli 4&2 in the semifinal.

Burkland has been getting into great form, recently finishing in solo fifth place at the 2023 NCGA Valley Amateur and T11 in the 2023 Monterey Open.

In the women's competition, Nicola Kaminski of Los Gatos, Calif., defeated Darla May Dela Torre of Fairfield, Calif., 5&4 to win the title. 

Nicola Kaminski

"I am so excited," Kaminski said. "It was such a fun tournament, and I had a great time. I am happy it worked out."

Kaminski found herself quickly 2-down after the first two holes but was 5-up after the opening 18 holes. Part of the reason for Kaminski's solid play was the great play of her competitor. 

"She is such a great player," Kaminski said about Dela Torre. "She would hit good shots, and it would put pressure on me to get some good shots."

And the challenge of Harding Park kept her focused and engaged throughout the round.

"You have to be straight with your drive, good out of the rough, straight into greens, and good with your short game, so it challenges you all around as a player," Kaminski said.

She added, "It was definitely a challenge all around. 

However, there was a chance Kaminski wouldn't be playing on Sunday at all. She was 1-down with two holes to play in the semifinal round against Michelle Woo of Fremont, Calif., and it was her first time seeing the last three holes. She hit her approach shot into No. 17 to six feet to make a birdie, and on 18, from 160 years out, hit it to nine feet and made the putt to win. 

Randy Haag

In the Senior Division, NCGA hall of famer and four time NCGA player of the year Randy Haag of Orinda, Calif., defended his 2023 title after defeating Mark Sanchez of Kentfield, Calif., 1-up and defeating Scott Anderson Sr. of Bakersfield, Calif., 1-up in the semifinal match. 

Haag is ranked No. 13 in the Senior Rankings.

In the super senior division, Matt Vukicevich of Kenwood, Calif., defeated Ray Kong 3&2 after defeating Richard Petit 1-up in the semifinal match and in the women's senior, Christy Atencio of Reno, Nev., defeated Lynn Couillard of Irvine, Calif., 4&3 to win.

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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