Grimes is Medalist at San Francisco City
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (February 27, 2011) -- Patrick Grimes of Palo Alto qualified in style over the weekend at Lincoln and Harding Park golf courses, firing even par at Lincoln on Saturday and 4-under at Harding Sunday for a two round total of 136.

Grimes took Medalist honors by three shots over Timothy Bordeaux. Grimes got off to a solid start at Lincoln at Saturday, but Sunday at Harding Park was where he really got going.

"The course was really dry given some of the weather we've been having," Grimes told

"The greens were firm, quick and smooth -- the highlight of my day was making a 45-foot putt from the front of the green on the 13th."

A senior at Menlo School in Atherton, Grimes recently signed a letter of intent with Stanford. And while handicapping matches in this eclectic tournament is nearly impossible, put Grimes on a short list of favorites -- he was a semi-finalist in the 2010 championship.

"After seeing the shape Harding is in, I'm really looking forward to match play," said Grimes.

This year's tournament has been condensed to a 32 player match play field -- defending champion George Gandranata compete against 28 players who posted 147 or better plus the winners of a 8-for-3 playoff at 148.

Randy Haag, the 2010 NCGA Player of the year who posts his own blog at, predicted that the normal qualifying range of 150 would be a few shots lower and he nailed it on the button.

Haag, who played Saturday at Lincoln and Sunday at Harding, qualified comfortably at 70-75=145, tied for 12th.

By changing the match play field to 32, and making the semi-finals a 18 hole match instead of 36, the tournament committee has chopped one weekend off of the schedule. The hope is that many players who could not take so much time will compete, thus improving the overall strength of field.

Results: San Francisco City Championship
WinCABrandon HagyWestlake Village, CA180
Runner-upCAJack PersonsSan Francisco, CA120
SemifinalsWAT.J. BordeauxTacoma, WA80
SemifinalsCAPatrick KucichStockton, CA80
QuarterfinalsCAGeorge GandranataEmeryville, 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 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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