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San Francisco City: Weekend Match Play Notes
SAN FRANCISCO, California (March 11, 2018) -- It's down to the quarterfinals in the Men's Championship division at the San Francisco City Championship. Two matches were played today at Harding Park.

Co-medalist Travis Peterson won his first match today -- against the defending champ Brian Ma no less, 3 & 1 -- but he was eliminated in the second round by Cal Bear golfer Joseph Chun of Irvine. Chun has required no more than 15 holes in his first two matches, and looks to continue his momentum next weekend in the quarterfinals.

In the opposite bracket, the other co-medalist Lucas Carper advanced easily in his first match against Ryan Farb (6 & 5) but was more closely tested in the second round by pre-qualifying medalist at Lincoln Park Matthew Seramin, who he defeated 2 & 1. Carper, 16, is a

Mid-Amateur standout Jason Anthony continued his run towards a title with two victories today. The first was over former Cal golfer Ian Albreach, 4 & 3; the second was over Gabriel Armandirez, 3 & 2. Don't be surprised if the USGA-seasoned Anthony, of makes it to the final match.

In the Senior Division it's down to four players: Olympic Club member and multiple-past SF City champ Randy Haag, his fellow Olympian Corey West (they will meet in the first semi-final next Saturday), plus Scott Anderson -- who took out the defending champ Gary Vanier and Jim Camiaone of Upland in Southern California. Camiaone, who extended his trip North from qualifying Tuesday through today's match, will make another trip up next weekend. Camiaone, 63, defeated Bob Burnett of Oakland in the quarterfinals today, 1-up.

The Women's Division played it's first match today, with all three top players (including medalist and defending champ Sabrina Iqbal) advancing to the next round. The Super-Senior division also commenced it's match play portion, with medalist Mark Miller of Antioch easily advancing over Chuck Diakon, 6 & 4. Senior legend Bob Olds of Brentwood, who has been shooting his age since his mid-60s, is now 78. But that doesn't stop the very fit golfer from competing at a high level and today he advanced to the next round in a close match over tournament photographer and fine artist Steve Lewis of San Mateo, 1-up.

Yesterday we predicted the possibility of a Jackson Koivun (age 12) matchup against Tony Ralph (a very young 52) in the Ken Venturi flight. And that's exactly what we will get in next weekend's first semi-final match, while the other will pit Tyler Burnes against Alex Woodward. Results of all other flights can be found on the tournament website www.sfgolfchampionship.com.

SATURDAY MATCHES AND QUALIFYING RECAP:

Match play rounds got underway today in the Championship Division, with co-medalists Lucas Carper and Travis Peterson easily advancing. Carper defeated Jack Steck, 3 & 2, while Carper took out No. 64 seed Beau Scroggins, 6 & 4.

Carper will have his hands full in Sunday's round-of-32 as he faces defending champion Brian Ma. They will meet on the first tee of Harding Park bright and early -- 7:30am.

Top-ranked Northern California Mid-Ams Jason Anthony and Bobby Bucey both advanced, with Bucey requiring two extra holes to take out Jonathan Churton, and Anthony having a little easier time in defeating Glenn Andrade, 2 & 1.

WOMEN'S DIVISION

Defending champion Sabrina Iqbal made it clear that her game is in tip-top shape, going around Harding Park in 5-under 67 to take medalist honors by four strokes over Mika Jin and Elizabeth Scholtes, who posted fine rounds of 71.

Ryan Clauzel of Harding Park made note of the fact that this year's women's cut to get into the top division was lower than 2017, falling at 5-over 77.

SENIOR DIVISIONS

Defending champ Gary Vanier won a nail biter over recent Salinas City champ Steve Donnelly, 1-up. Meanwhile, Vanier's friendly rival and fellow Olympic Club member Randy Haag made it clear he isn't going anywhere, winning 4 & 3 over Jim Williams. Haag will face the always tough Dean Prince in tomorrow's quarterfinal.

OPEN FLIGHTS

12-year-old Jackson Koivun has advanced to the quarterfinals after a convincing win today over Dan Valine, 4 & 2.

Full brackets can be found on the San Francisco City Championship website via the links above.



Results For San Francisco City 2018 MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP
WinCAJason AnthonyFairfield, CA180
Runner-upCAMax TingAtherton, CA120
SemifinalsCACaleb ShetlerSaratoga, CA80
SemifinalsCATommy SemereauxSan Francisco, CA80
QuarterfinalsCAJoseph ChunIrvine, CA50

View full results for San Francisco City 2018 MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP

ABOUT THE San Francisco City Championship

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

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.

EXEMPTIONS
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.

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, 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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