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SF City Championship: Pre-Qualifying

San Francisco, CA (Feb 18, 2005) -- Danny Buell wasn't phased by having to 'pre-qualify' at Lincoln Park to secure his spot in the Championship qualifier being held this weekend for the SF City Championship.

He simply arrived at Lincoln Park, fired a 5-under-par 63 -- 3 strokes off the course record of 60 jointly held by John Susko and John Harrington -- to provide him with a bucket of confidence for this weekend's qualifier.

"I wasn't expecting to play THAT well," explained Buell, relaxing Friday evening at his home in San Carlos.

"I figured even-par would be solid."

Buell made par on the difficult first hole at Lincoln after a solid drive set him up for his approach. Then he birdied 2 and 3, the latter the result of a tee shot to 4-feet on the par 3. He closed the front with birdies at 7 and 8, and a nice par on the uphill 9th. And things really started to get good at the 10th.

There, a driver tee shot on the reachable par 4 not only made the green, it nestled to 5 feet away and he made the eagle putt to go 6-under.

A bogey on 14 stopped the momentum ever-so-briefly, as Buell came right back with a birdie on 15 and solid pars on the "par 3's that play like par 4's," Lincoln Park's 16th and 17th holes. He closed the round with his only other bogey, at the 18th.

Buell played college golf one year at Fresno State, where he once fired 64 in the final round of the Western Intercollegiate at Pasatiempo. He currently attends the College of San Mateo, which doesn't have a golf team.

This will be his first San Francisco City Championship.

Results will be posted shortly, as of this posting it appeared that 75 would be good enough to qualify.

Other notes:

-- To read an article from the SF Chronicle about Sandy Tatum and American Express saving the SF City this year, click here

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Story by Pete Wlodkowski, for amateurgolf.com

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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