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Will Brueckner wins SF City title
-- SFGate.com Photo
-- SFGate.com Photo

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (March 10, 2013) -- Sunday's championship match at the 2013 San Francisco City Championship was 'supposed' to be the culmination of red-hot runs by top-seed Andrew Biggadike and No. 3 Alex Franklin, the reigning amateurgolf.com Tournament Series co-Player of the Year.

Apparently nobody told that to Will Brueckner and Isaiah Salinda.

In Saturday's semifinals, Brueckner upset Franklin, 5-and-4, to advance to Sunday's 36-hole championship match against Salinda. Salinda reached the final by sending Biggadike home with a 3-and-2 defeat.

Rather than a Biggadike-Franklin finale, 'The City' came down to a pair of upstart high schoolers ready for action --- and boy did they live up to the moment.

Brueckner, a 16-year-old Olympic Club member from Walnut Creek, Calif., won the 2nd, 3rd and 4th holes in the afternoon 18 to distance himself from Salinda and never looked back, ultimately taking a 3- and-1 championship victory at TPC Harding Park.

"I'm very tired but even more excited," said Brueckner, who considers this the top win of his amateur career. "It definitely wasn't because of consistent play, but my putter was solid."

Salinda was 2-up through the first seven holes but --- perhaps a sign of the day's theme --- Brueckner rallied. He won Nos. 8 and 9 to get even.

Salinda wouldn't quit, though. He took a 2-up lead after the opening 18 and appeared to have things in order to score yet another upset according to the seeds.

"I knew I had to get something going on the second 18," Brueckner said. "I started getting the driver more accurate and irons closer."

Brueckner lost the opening hole of the afternoon 18 but reeled off three straight wins to take the momentum.

Brueckner, who hopes to one day play at Stanford, credits a flop-shot he used to dig himself out of trouble on hole No. 2 in the second 18 as the difference maker.

"My drive was out of the fairway and I had to layup," he said. "I had about 40 yards in to a raised green with a tough pin over a bunker. I was able to get it to about five feet and made the putt. That was a big hole."

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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)

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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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