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Justin Suh wins San Francisco City
2015 San Francisco City Champs
2015 San Francisco City Champs

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (April 12, 2015) — Justin Suh defeated fellow Santa Teresa Junior Golf Club member Thomas Hutchison, 9-and-8 today in the San Francisco City Championship final at TPC Harding Park Golf Course. Suh took a six-up lead into the second 18, getting that started on a good note with a birdie on the first hole to go seven-up through 19.

Both Suh and Hutchison are taught by the same local teaching professional, Terry Sullivan of Santa Teresa Golf Club.

“It’s definitely been a goal of mine,” Suh told the San Francisco Chronicle. “I see myself getting better. I don’t want to jinx it, but I definitely feel like if I just start improving and get better in college, I can definitely have a chance.”

Suh, who plays for Evergreen Valley High School in San Jose, is the reigning NCGA Junior champion and has signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Southern California. Hutchison is a sophomore at Pioneer High School, also in San Jose.

Check out the updated match play bracket by clicking the results link at the end of this story.

WOMEN'S BRACKET

Former UC Irvine golfer Sara Banke of Danville defeated high-schooler Anna Zhou of Palo Alto by a margin of 6&4.

Banke, the reigning California State Women's Amateur champion, knocked off 12-year-old phenom Lucy Li on Saturday with a narrow one-up victory. Somehow we get the feeling that Li -- who has already played three USGA events including last year's U.S. Open at Pinehurst — will get another crack at the SF City title.

Banke's father Dana is the head golf professional at Poplar Creek Golf Course in San Mateo, and was out on Sunday with family supporting her daughter's big win.

“This is a really big deal because my dad played in this tournament,” Sara Banke told the Chronicle. “I was really nervous, but I was really excited.”

Full Women's Bracket

SENIOR BRACKET

Gary Vanier continued to build on his legacy as one of the most decorated golfers in San Francisco City Championship history with a win over defending champ Jim Williams, 4&2. Vanier first won the Men's Championship title in 1971. He waited 14 years for his next title, but after winning in 1985 backed it up with another in 1986 before adding titles in 1988, 1992, and 1994 (that's six). This is the third Senior title for the Olympic Club member.

Williams was a formidable opponent, having won two of the last three senior titles. His game should be in fine form for the U.S. Four Ball at Olympic Club just three weeks from now. He qualified with his son, Scott.

Full Senior and Super Senior Brackets

In the Super Senior bracket, Joe Rogers defeated Herb Jensen 4-and-3. Jensen, the No. 1 seed, reached the finals with a one-up win over Vic Shellenberg while Rogers won by default when his semifinal matchup Michael Mahoney had to withdraw.

Results: San Francisco City Championship
WinCAJustin SuhSan Jose, CA180
Runner-upCAThomas HutchisonSan Jose, CA120
SemifinalsCATommy SemereauxSan Francisco, CA80
SemifinalsCABryan BaumgartenGranite Bay, CA80
QuarterfinalsCAGabriel ArmendarizTustin, CA50

View full results for San Francisco City Championship

ABOUT THE San Francisco City Championship

** New entry process for 2019 **

MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION
$300 ENTRY FEE INCLUDES ALL GREEN FEES.

Match Play qualifying will be held March 2-3, 2018 and will consist of 36 holes played at TPC Harding Park and Lincoln Park Golf Courses.

From November 1 - November 30, registration will be open only for exempt players under the following categories:

* The Past Ten years of San Francisco City Champions
* 2018 San Francisco City Men’s Championship Match Play Qualifiers
* Top 20 Individuals 2017-2018 NCGA Points List
* 2018 NCGA Champions (Amateur, Mid-Amateur, Junior)
* 2018 USGA Event Qualifiers (Amateur, Mid- Amateur, Junior)

On December 1, registration will open to all players with a handicap index of 6.4 or lower as of 12/01/2018, and will remain open until the field limit is reached. Once the field limit is reached, all additional entrants will pre-qualify at Lincoln Park on Friday, March 1.

Those 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.

Once all qualifying has been completed, the Men’s Championship Flight will consist of 64 contestants from the Men’s Championship qualifier.

Match play will begin on March 9, 2018. All match play for the Championship Flight will be held at TPC Harding Park.

*In the event of a playoff for match play a player must be present in order to retain his right to participate in the playoff.

ABOUT THE SAN FRANCISCO CITY CHAMPIONSHIP
The oldest municipal tournament in the USA. Match play event with scratch senior, women's and net 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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