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First round of match play complete at San Francisco City Championship
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (March 2, 2013) -- The first round of match play is complete at the 2013 San Francisco City Championship and a number of matches went the distance --- and then some at TPC Harding Park.

Six matches went at least 18 holes, including five that needed extra golf to settle things.

Stroke-play medalist and top-seeded Andrew Biggadike needed 23 of them to knock off No. 32 Ryan Gronlund. Gronlund, the 16- year-old from Pleasanton, prevailed out of an eight- player playoff in last week's qualifier.

The top seed on the other half of the bracket also won. Tim Nelson knocked off Connor Blick 3-and-2 to advance to Sunday's round of 16 matches. Connor is the brother of 2012 champion Cody Blick.

In a matchup of two of the region's top players and the reigning amateurgolf.com Tournament Series co- Players of the Year, No. 3 seed Alex Franklin knocked off Northern California amateur legend Randy Haag, 3-and-1.

Justin Suh, seeded sixth, knocked off Jay Burlinson, 3-2, while No. 7 William Brueckner took down Stephen Molinelli, 2- and-1.

The ninth seed, Nick Ushijima, prevailed over Tanner Hughes, 3-and-2 while No. 10 Luke Vivolo took down Andrew Buchanan easily, winning 5-and-3 and t No. 11, Justin Paglia needed 19 holes to eliminate No. 22 Tommy Semeraux. Finally, M.J. Morin, seeded 16th, knocked off Esan Geroux in 19 holes.

Seven of the opening-round matches resulted in upsets.

At the top of the bracket, No. 4 Andrew Roberts was the highest seed to go down in early action. He fell to No. 29 Isaiah Salinda, 6-and-5.

No. 5 Andrew Morgan also fell victim to an upset, taking a 19-hole defeat at the hands of No. 28 Nicholas Rogers.

Eighth-seeded Nicholas Noya lost to No. 25 Austin Roberts, 8-and-7 while No. 12 Ryan Maund was also upset, falling to No. 21 Cameron Shaw in 18 holes.

No. 13 Hayden Shieh fell to a higher seed. The red-hot Shintaro Ban, who leads the amateurgolf.com California Player of the Year Points Race early on, dispatched of Shieh, 3-and-2, despite being seeded 20th.

No. 14 Brandon Baumgarten fell to No. 19 Josh Levin in 19 holes. while No. 18 Jimmy Castles defeated 15th-seeded Maxwell Plank, 4-and-3.

Match play continues Sunday morning at Harding Park with the Round of 16. Quarterfinal, semifinal and championship-round action will continue next weekend.

Amateurgolf.com will continue to provide coverage as the San Francisco City Championships move on. For more coverage on the Seniors and Women's events, click the following links: Seniors | Womens

Results: San Francisco City Championship
WinCAWilliam BruecknerWalnut Creek, CA180
Runner-upCAIsaiah SalindaSouth San Francisco, CA120
SemifinalsCAAndrew BiggadikeBelmont, CA80
SemifinalsCAAlex FranklinSan Rafael, CA80
QuarterfinalsJapanNick UshijimaJapan50

View full results for San Francisco City Championship

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)

SPECIAL OFFER TO SF CITY PLAYERS:

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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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