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


Story by Pete Wlodkowski, for

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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