Weekend Primer: 'The City' and more
08 Mar 2013
by Benjamin Larsen of

see also: San Francisco City 2024 MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP, TPC Harding Park Golf Course

The snow has fallen in the midwest and it's currently falling in the northeast, but in other parts of the country, the golf schedule is heating up.

This weekend is a key portion of the early part of the golf season in many locales across the country.

The focus among mid-amateurs and seniors will lie in misty San Francisco where the nation's oldest municipal championship concludes.

Match play continues in the men's, senior and women's events at 'The City' and will continue to provide coverage throughout the completion at TPC Harding Park.

The Men's championship moves to the quarterfinals where top-seeded Andrew Biggadike and red-hot No. 3 seed Alex Franklin seem to be on a collision course.

In the women's division, qualifying medalist Casie Cathrea is a woman on a mission. She was a big winner in stroke play and rolled through her Round of 16 matchup. Can her solid play continue through the weekend?

Finally, the senior division rolls on. Defending champion Jim Williams, former winner Gary Vanier, Ken Noonan and Bob Rowland have their eyes on the prize when semifinal play begins Saturday morning.

Also in the pacific northwest, Bandon Dunes --- and more specifically, the Old Macdonald course --- hosts the Bandon Dunes Collegiate Championship. Gonzaga University serves as the host as some of the nation's top collegiate players and teams take aim at the title.

The Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters also hosts some of the nation's most promising NCAA players. Top-ranked Cal will go for its eighth win of the year against 12 of the top 13 teams in the country, according to Golfstat. will have ongoing coverage of these events and more throughout the weekend. Click here for the latest coverage.

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)


SF City players get 50% off Strackaline Yardage Books! CLICK HERE for details

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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