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San Francisco City Championship: Haag is one wet Medalist
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (Feb. 15, 2009) -- Golf fans worldwide saw their coverage of the AT&T go blank on Sunday, as high wind and rain caused the PGA Tour event at Pebble Beach to be postponed until Monday.

Just over 100 miles up the coast, at San Francisco's Harding and Lincoln Park Golf Courses, there was no such thinking. Play did get suspended, but the rounds were all completed and at the end of the day, 3 players had posted 36 hole totals that most players would be thrilled with in perfect weather.

Randy Haag of Burlingame (the runner-up in 2008's event), Matt Marshall of Saratoga, and Jeff Nelson of San Mateo tied at 141, 1-over-par.

To determine the Medalist, a sudden-death playoff between Haag and Nelson started at the first hole (Marshall had left the course and was therefore ineligible). Haag, a past Champion but never Medalist, hit driver-six iron to within 20-feet for a safe par, while Nelson made bogey after missing the green from 200 yards out. The hole played directly into the wind and rain.

"For 30 years I’ve tried my best to be Medalist in the city, but for some reason have always come up short -- I think I’ve been 2nd 5-7 times," said Haag after the round. "So perhaps I’m the oldest Medalist ever at 50."

We'll have to check the record books for that one.

To add to the excitement of a day when players such as Haag were forced to chip through standing water on several greens, (he said it was the only way to get to the hole) 9 of the 11 players who tied at 154 -- and hung around for their last hope -- were forced to playoff for the final two spots in match play.

2008 amateurgolf.com Christmas Classic Champion Reid Scarff grabbed the 63rd match play spot with an unlikely birdie from the right trees, while former California State Amateur Champion Darryl Donovan made the only par on No. 1 to grab the 64th spot.

Defending Champion Martin Trainer will definitely have his hands full with Donovan in the opening match.

Results: San Francisco City Championship
WinCACarlos BrionesSan Lorenzo, CA150
Runner-upCanadaJamie CoreCanada100
SemifinalsCADrew OlsonBerkeley, CA65
SemifinalsCAScott HardyPleasant Hill, CA65
QuarterfinalsCARandy HaagOrinda, CA45

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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 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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