SF City Championship: Round 2 Men's Match Play Results
By Matt Foley, exclusive to

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (February 19, 2006) – The heat was turned up in more ways than one as the SF City Championship narrowed its field from 32 players to the final 16. While competitors yesterday had to battle through rain and hail flurries, the weather today was decidedly more pleasant, leading to lower scores and stiffer competition.

Battlefield Notes
- 14 year old Martin Trainer continued to receive rave reviews of his game as he wowed his way past SJ State star Justin Madison 3&2 in the first group of the day. Despite Madison’s impressive play, Trainer was even better. On the par 4 7th, Madison stuck his wedge approach within 3 feet, but Trainer holed his putt from barely on the green for a halve, but more importantly stopping Madison from tallying what looked like a sure win. That was the story of the day for this pair as they traded shot after shot.

Madison held a 1up lead after his eagle on 9 and some very solid play. However, 8 birdies against just 2 bogeys left Trainer 6 under after only 16 holes. Needless to say, Madison was impressed with the youngster’s poise and ability, despite shooting an impressive round himself.

As the Bramlett/Wilderotter match closed out ahead of him, Trainer seemed eager to take on medalist Bramlett in the Round of 16 next weekend. It figures to be one of the most anticipated match-ups of the entire tournament.

- Stanford bound Joseph Bramlett did not make it off the course as early as he did yesterday, but still managed to close out a 2&1 victory over Christopher Wilderotter of Oakland. The win sets up an intriguing match next Saturday against fellow high schooler Martin Trainer. The pair will have only a collective 32 years between them as they tee off in the 7:30am group.

- Matt Foley continued his impressively solid play with yet another 4&3 victory over Rob Frye. Foley did not need the final three holes of Harding Park during the first weekend of play.

- Randy Haag won his match 3&2 over San Jose’s Kent Yamane. He finished his solid round with a par and a halve on 16, sealing the victory.

- Cal fans will flock to watch Rick Reinsberg and Brandon Beck fight it out in the Round of 16, as both cruised to wins at Harding on Sunday. Unfortunately for Golden Bear supporters they will lose one of these competitors next week after former Cal star Reinsberg and current bear Beck knock heads.

- The final groups of the day produced some of the best emotional drama of the afternoon, as Kevin Kobalter outlasted Jim Evans in a 23 hole battle. The back nine see saw neither player take a large lead, with Kobalter himself down 1 heading to 18. He managed to send the match to extra holes after Evans flew his approach shot from the bunker into the trees.

Extra holes provided even more drama, as both players needed long putts to extend the match. Kobalter holed from about 15 feet on the par 4 2nd, and Evans kept the match alive with a long putt of his own just shortly thereafter. It was finally a par that won it for Kobalter on the 23rd hole of the day. He advances to take on confident Ryan Wilson of San Francisco. Wilson has had reason to be confident so far, avoiding having to play the 18th hole, finishing with consecutive 2&1 victories.

- Steve Wilson of Discovery Bay grinded out a 2&1 win over consistent Mike Wiechers of Granite Bay. Weichers needed to sink his 25 foot birdie putt on 17 to keep the match alive, but slid it just inches by, securing the win for Wilson. Wilson will now face former SMU star Stephen Sparolini.

- Stephen Sparolini advanced in a match that was close throughout against Cal Poly freshman Cory Powell. Powell held an early lead, but Sparolini regained control midway through the round. Powell, however, fought back to square the match after 16 holes. Unfortunately, he had a putt John Daly knows well, and slid his par putt on 17 just inches by the cup, forcing him into a must win situation on the difficult 18th. His drive split the fairway, while Sparolini faced a tough side hill bunker approach shot. Sparolini, however, impressed the sizeable gallery by blasting his way to the green. Powell had an opportunity to extend the match, but the long and winding 30 footer just missed, and the frustrated Powell was knocked out of the competition.

- Finally, Garrett Wagner might ask for some of his greens fees back, as he has yet to play the final holes at Harding Park this weekend. He backed up his impressive 6&5 victory yesterday with a 7&6 punishing of David Leuterio in the final pairing this afternoon. Wagner moves on to face Terry Foreman, who also had an easy time of it Saturday, but had a much more difficult match today, upsetting #6 seed Greg Wardle 3&2.

The final 16 promises to be quite exciting, with the top 3 seeds still alive, and so are several other competitors who are sure to provide quite an exciting 4 foursomes of golf next weekend.


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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 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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