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Weston Payne and Cody Blick to meet in San Francisco City finals
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (Mar. 10, 2012) -- The quarter and semifinal matches of the 96th San Francisco City Championship were played today at Harding Park Golf Club.

Quarterfinal Recap

Playing in his first City, 16-year old Shintaro Ban of San Jose, downed 33-year old veteran player and long-time amateurgolf.com member, Andrew Biggadike of San Mateo 4 & 3. Ban was 4-under par after 15 holes and had no bogeys on his card.

Ban is set to play Weston Payne of Menlo Park in the semis. Payne advanced with a 2 & 1 victory over newly reinstated amateur, Jake Yount of Alamo. Their match seesawed until hole 6, but with birdies at 7, 9, 10 and 12 Payne was now 4-up. After Payne bogeyed 13, Yount charged back birdieing 14 and 16. He gave one back on 15 and they halved 17 with pars giving Payne the 2 & 1 victory.

In the lower bracket Cody Blick of Danville beat Nicolas Noya of South San Francisco 3 & 2. Blick had birdies at 3 and 4 and holed out a wedge on the 395 yard par 4 5th for an eagle. Blick was 2-up through 12 but bogeyed 12 to give one back. But a Noya bogey at 14 and a Blick birdie at 15 left Blick 3-up. The two halved 16 and Blick took the match.

In the semis Blick will play Alex Franklin of San Rafael. Franklin advanced after a close match with Michael Weaver of Berkeley. Their match was all square after 6 holes. A birdie by Weaver at 9 put him 1-up but he gave it back after a bogey at 10. After Franklin birdied 12 and Weaver bogeyed 15 Franklin was now 2-up and dormie. After halving 16 Weaver charged back, canning a 25 footer for birdie at 17 to narrow the margin to one. But Weaver’s luck ran out and he was forced to concede the match after he suffered a lost ball after at a hooked tee shot on the 440 yard par 4 18th.

Semifinal Recap

The semifinals matched up Weston Payne and Shintaro Ban. The two traded bogeys on 2 and 3 and they halved 4 with pars. After making birdie at 5 and a bogey by Payne at 6, Ban now held a 2-up lead. But he gave one back with a bogey at the tricky par 3 8th. Payne squared the match with an eagle to Ban’s birdie at the 9th. But a bogey by Ban at 11 and a birdie by Payne at 12 gave Payne a 2-up lead. They halved the next three holes and Ban bogeyed 16 to give Payne the 3 & 2 win.

The other semifinal match was between Alex Franklin and Cody Blick. After a lackluster front nine and a birdie by Franklin on 9, Blick was 2-down at the turn. Halving 10 through 12, Franklin made bogey at 13 reducing his lead to one. The two halved 16 with birdies then Blick birdied 17 to square up the match. Commenting on 18, Blick said,

“ I drove it into the fairway bunker forcing me to lay up short. I was left with 115 and hit a poor wedge shot over the green. With my opponent close for par I buried a 25 footer to extend the match.”

The two only needed one extra hole to determine the winner. Blick hit a wedge to a couple feet tapping in for birdie and the win. Asked about his thought for the finals tomorrow, Blick said,

“I just need to play well and focus on my targets. There's no need to worry about my opponent, I'm playing the course tomorrow, not him.”

The final 36-hole match-up will be Weston Payne vs. Cody Blick

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Results: San Francisco City Championship
WinCACody BlickDanville, CA180
Runner-upCAWeston PayneMenlo Park, CA120
SemifinalsCAAlex FranklinSan Rafael, CA80
SemifinalsCAShintaro BanSan Jose, CA80
QuarterfinalsCAAndrew BiggadikeBelmont, 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 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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