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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
SemifinalsCAScott HardyPleasant Hill, CA65
SemifinalsCADrew OlsonBerkeley, CA65
QuarterfinalsCARandy HaagOrinda, CA45

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ABOUT THE San Francisco City Championship

** The qualifying field for the San Francisco City Men's Championship qualifier has been reached 120 players. Players may enter the Pre-Qualifier here. Please see below for a description of the entry process.

MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION
$300 ENTRY FEE INCLUDES ALL GREEN FEES.

Match Play qualifying will be held February 15-16, 2020 and will consist of 36 holes played at TPC Harding Park and Lincoln Park Golf Courses.

From November 1 - November 30, registration will be open only for exempt players under the following categories:

* The Past Ten years of San Francisco City Champions
* 2019 San Francisco City Men’s Championship Match Play Qualifiers
* Top 20 Individuals 2018-2019 NCGA Points Lists
* 2019 NCGA Champions (Amateur, Mid-Amateur, Junior)
* 2019 USGA Event Qualifiers (Amateur, Mid- Amateur, Junior)

On December 1 at 8:00am, registration will open to all players with a handicap index of 6.4 or lower as of 12/01/2019, and will remain open until the field limit is reached. Once the field limit is reached, all additional entrants will pre-qualify at Lincoln Park on Friday, February 14.

Those 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 $150.

Once all qualifying has been completed, the Men’s Championship Flight will consist of 32 contestants -- the defending champion if entered (who will be the #2 seed), and the remainder from the Men’s Championship qualifier.

If the defending champion wishes to play in qualifying for Medalist honors, he loses the #2 seed and will be seeded accordingly if he qualifies successfully.

*In the event of a playoff for match play a player must be present in order to retain his right to participate in the playoff.

Match play will begin on February 22, 2019. All match play for the Championship Flight will be held at TPC Harding Park.

ABOUT THE SAN FRANCISCO CITY CHAMPIONSHIP
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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