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San Francisco City: Hakim and Choe Share Medalist Honors
TPC Harding Park <br>(AmateurGolf.com Photo)
TPC Harding Park
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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (March 5, 2017) -- Multiple hail storms, 30 mph winds, and mud balls were just a few of the challenges players faced as they battled for one of 64 match play spots in the 2017 San Francisco City Amateur.

For the second year in row, the medalist honors were shared by high school golfers at even-par 140. This year it is San Ramon's Ashkaan Hakim and Orinda's Brendon Choe.

Hakim, a future St. Mary's Gael, and winner of the AmateurGolf.com Christmas Classic, fired back-to-back even-par rounds, his latest a 68 at Lincoln Park Golf Course. Choe has played very steady over two days, tallying three birdies, three bogeys, and the rest pars for rounds of 71 (Harding) and 69 (Lincoln).

Some notable players to advance include: last year's semifinalist Ben Peters (143), 2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur quarterfinalist Jason Anthony (147), 2016 California State Amateur semifinalist Sebastian Crampton (148), and last year's SF City runner-up Noah Sheikh (150).

The cut to the low 64 fell at 14-over 154 with five players tied for the final two spots. The players included: Kyle Wilkinson, Andrew Bernick, Aditya Kumar, Stephen Molinelli, and Travis Peterson.

Molinelli and Kumar dropped out so the three players battled it out on the 175 yard par-3 17th at TPC Harding Park. With the wind blowing hard into the players faces, none of the tee shots found the surface which left difficult chip shots.

Bernick was first to play, flopping it to 15 feet. Peterson followed with a nifty flop to just six feet away. Lastly, Wilkinson hit a nice pitch and run to eight feet. No one made their putt for par. In fact, Peterson and Bernice each three putted which allowed Wilkinson to move on with a bogey.

Now moving to the 18th hole, Bernick's tee shot deflected off a tree on the left hand side and found the hazard. Peterson was able to put it in play down the right, giving him the final match play spot.

Match play will begin Saturday, March 11 and will be played entirely at TPC Harding Park.



Results: San Francisco City Championship
WinCABrian MaMilpitas, CA180
Runner-upEnglandSeb Crookall-NixonEngland120
SemifinalsCANed JensenSan Francisco, CA80
SemifinalsCABrandon JacobsThousand Oaks, CA80
QuarterfinalsIDGraysen HuffEagle, ID50

View full results for San Francisco City Championship

ABOUT THE San Francisco City Championship

** The qualifying field for the San Francisco City Men's Championship qualifier has been reached 120 players. Players may enter the Pre-Qualifier here. Please see below for a description of the entry process.

** 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 men's, senior, 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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