Daniel Connolly Wins San Francisco City Championship
An Irish celebration following Daniel Connolly's win at the San Francisco City Championship<br>Randy Haag photo<br>
An Irish celebration following Daniel Connolly's win at the San Francisco City Championship
Randy Haag photo

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (March 13, 2016) -- The longest running city championship in the country concluded its 100th event Sunday with Daniel Connolly taking the historic title.

Connolly, a resident of San Francisco, defeated Noah Shiekh 3-and-1 in the 36-hole championship match hosted by TPC Harding Park. The win concluded a long month of golf for Connolly that began with rounds of 71, 76 to earn the 13th match play seed.

Several of those rounds required serious comebacks, and the final was no different.

The Stuart Hall high school senior found himself 2 down with three to play in his opening match against Bryan Baumgarten. Connolly rallied to force extra holes and matched Baumgarten's three consecutive birdies on the first three playoff holes, eventually pulling out the match on the 22nd hole.

A 4&3 win over Aaron Chen in the round of 16 and and a 2-up win over Ben Peters in the semi's further exemplified Connolly's strong play. Although St. Patrick's day is around the corner, the Irish Connolly certainly relied more on his golfing ability than Irish luck in his final match.

Once again down on a rainy San Francisco day, vs. the 6 foot 7 Noah Sheikh, Connolly squared the match, relying on his foul weather play and sheer determination to square the match, then pull ahead.

“It was pretty brutal out there,” Connolly told the San Francisco Chronicle. “But to me, it’s kind of cool; it’s what makes this event unique. You play no matter what.”

And having his father Martin, the owner of the most popular Irish bar and restaurant in San Francisco (Johnny Foley's) on the bag surely didn't hurt.

The elder Connolly, worn out from a weekend of caddying, called the weekend magical.

"[It was] very surreal to be a part of it," he said.

The family had a strong contingency of Irish golfers and friends in the gallery, including Kitt Flood, whose brother Ronan caddies for Padraig Harrington on the PGA Tour. Many of the gallery play just across Lake Merced at The Olympic Club, known for its Irish contingency of members. (Notably, Another Olympic Club member, Randy Haag, won the Senior Championship.)

Connolly won the match in fashion, with a downhill, 20 foot putt on the 35th hole, Harding Park's par-3 17th.

Daniel Connolly (Steve Lewis photo)

The win the biggest in Daniel's young amateur career that includes two U.S. Junior Amateur appearances. In 2013 he recorded a big win at the AmateurGolf.com Christmas Classic, where, at age 16, he shot a shocking 8-under 64 in the final round to grab the title against a field of collegiate players.

We've been paying attention ever since.

Look out for Connolly as he starts his freshman year at SMU this fall.


The 100th playing of the San Francisco City Championship was dedicated to 1982 champion Ray Pellegrini (1952-2015), a San Francisco golfing legend. Pellegrini played in 45 consecutive San Francisco City Championships, qualifying for an amazing 40 in a row. Visit the Ray Pellegrini tribute page.

Results: San Francisco City Championship
WinCADaniel ConnollySan Francisco, CA180
Runner-upCANoah SheikhWoodside, CA120
SemifinalsCABen PetersRedwood City, CA80
SemifinalsORMarcus PotterTualatin, OR80
QuarterfinalsCARoshan ChekuriPleasanton, CA50

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ABOUT THE San Francisco City Championship


144 contestants will be allowed to qualify for the Men’s Championship flight. Qualifying will consist of 36 holes played at TPC Harding Park and Lincoln Park Golf Courses. The first 110 entries, based on the earliest date received, with an index of 6.4 or lower as of 12/01/2017 shall go directly into the qualifying beginning on March 3, 2018. If more than 110 entries are received, the remaining entrants will pre-qualify for the final 34 spots on Friday, March 2, 2018 at Lincoln Park Golf. Pre-qualifiers who do not qualify for the 144 player qualifying field will be refunded $150. Entrants who do not show for pre-qualifying will not be entitled to a refund. Once all qualifying has been completed, the Men’s Championship Flight will consist of 63 contestants from the Men’s Championship qualifier, as well as the Past Champion, who will hold the number two seed.

If the Defending Champion elects to play for Medalist honors the right to the number two seed will be forfeited. The past champion, if qualifying, will be seeded accordingly. Match play will begin on March 10, 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.

The following comprise the exemption categories for the 2018 San Francisco City Golf Championship Pre- Qualifying:

* The Past Ten years of San Francisco City Champions
* 2017 San Francisco City men’s Championship Match Play Qualifiers
* Top 20 Individuals 2016-2017 NCGA Points List
* 2017 NCGA Champions (Amateur, Mid-Amateur, Junior)
* 2017 USGA Event Qualifiers (Amateur, Mid- Amateur, Junior)

NOTE: The Tournament Committee retains the right to make exceptions to the exempt categories as deemed appropriate.

The oldest municipal tournament in the USA. Match play event with scratch senior, women's and net divisions. Past champions include Ken Venturi, 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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