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Will Brueckner wins SF City title
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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

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ABOUT THE San Francisco City Championship

**Field limit of 120 has been reached; players who have not registered should enter the Pre-Qualifier


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MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION
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*An NCGA Points Tournament*

**Entry procedure for fall 2021: Players who were in the field this spring before the tournament was postponed have first chance to re-register. They will be emailed an access code to register, and registration for these players opens on July 1. Registration opens for all other players on August 1.

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Exempt players who were not in the field when the tournament was postponed may email results@amateurgolf.com during the month of July to request an access code.

Exemption categories:

* The past 10 years of the San Francisco City Golf Champions
* 2020 San Francisco City Men’s Championship Match Play Qualifiers
* Top 20 men’s 2019-2020 NCGA Points Lists
* 2020 NCGA Champions (Amateur, Mid-Amateur, Junior)
* 2020 USGA Event Qualifiers (Amateur, Mid- Amateur, Junior)

On August 1, 2020 at 8:00 am, registration will open to all players with a handicap index of 6.4 or lower as of the date of entry, and will remain open until the field limit (120 players) is reached. When the field limit is reached, all additional entrants will pre-qualify at Lincoln Park on Friday, October 29, 2021.

Players 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.

The 36-hole match play qualifier will be held October 30 and 31, 2021, with 18 holes played at TPC Harding Park and 18 holes at Lincoln Park 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 November 6, 2021. All match play for the Championship Flight will be held at TPC Harding Park.

A schedule of all dates of play can be found on the tournament website sfgolfchampionship.com.

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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