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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-upCAWes PayneMenlo Park, CA120
SemifinalsCAAlex FranklinSan Rafael, CA80
SemifinalsCAShintaro BanSan Jose, CA80
QuarterfinalsCAAndrew BiggadikeBelmont, CA50

View full results for San Francisco City Championship

ABOUT THE San Francisco City Championship

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, 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 from the Men’s Championship qualifier.

*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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