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Cody Blick birdies his way to San Francisco City title
-- photo NCGA
-- photo NCGA

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (Mar. 11, 2012) – Sunday marked the final round of match play in the 96th San Francisco City Championship. Cody Blick of Danville was pitted against Weston Payne of Menlo Park.

Competing in the championship flight for the first time and surviving a playoff to make the 31st seed, Blick got off to a fast start with birdies at 2, 4 and 8. Blick was 3-under par and 4-up after eight holes. He birdied the 12th but then took bogeys at 13, 15, 17 and 18 only to give a few back to Payne, a graduate student at Cal. Blick finished up the first 18 holes 1-up.

After adjusting to the cooler weather and rain for a few holes, Blick got his putter going again on the second 18, carding birdies on the front nine at holes 4, 6, 8 and 9. He jarred a long putt at the sixth and a 25-footer at No. 8. His plan of playing aggressively paid off again with birdies at 10 and 12. He was 1-up after 15, but bogeyed 16 giving one back to Payne and squaring the match. He won the par 3, 17 with a par and they headed to 18 with Blick 1-up. Blick capped his round with a clutch 8 foot birdie at 18 to take the title 2-up.

“It hasn’t really sunk in yet,” Blick said when asked how it feels to have his name on the same trophy as golfing greats like Ken Venturi, Johnny Miller and Tom Watson.

The senior at San Ramon High will play golf for San Jose State in the fall. He will attempt to qualify for the U.S. Amateur and the U.S. Open this summer.

When asked Saturday after his quarterfinal win over Nicolas Noya, what his biggest tournament finish was so far, Blick answered: “It was a second place finish at an AJGA tournament at Castlewood Country Club where I finished with a final round 66."

He also finished tied for sixth in the amateurgolf.com Christmas Classic last December. Now, Blick has a new victory for the top of his list.

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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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