San Francisco City 2018 SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
March 06 - 18 2018
San Francisco, CA


Tournament Overview

San Francisco City 2018 SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

Open to the first 110 entries received. Participants must have an index of 9.4 or lower on 12/01/17 and must have an age of 55 or older as of March 6, 2018. Qualifying will consist of one 18-hole stroke play round. Along with the defending champion, who will hold the number two seed, the low 31 scores will advance to the Men’s Senior Championship Flight. Individual scores will determine seeding for match play. Contestants who don’t qualify will be refunded $125. No shows will not be entitled to a refund. All rounds will be played at TPC Harding Park Golf Course.

If the Defending Champion elects to play for Medalist honors the right to the number two seed will be forfeited. The defending champion, if qualifying, will be seeded accordingly. Match play will begin on March 7, 2018.

*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 oldest municipal tournament in the USA. Match play event with scratch senior, women's and open 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.


TPC Harding Park Golf Course TPC Harding Park Golf Course
99 Harding Rd
San Francisco, CA  94132-1021
phone: 415-664-4690
url: tpc.com/hardingpark

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by Pete Wlodkowski

The San Francisco City Championship was inaugurated in 1917, and is the Country's oldest municipal golf tournament. The Women's division was added in 1958. In its early years, the tournament was hosted by the Sun- Bulletin newspaper and has had numerous sponsors throughout its history such as Bob Varner, Tom Culligan, and Pepsi.

The name of the tournament is deceiving, as the field is typically made up of the best amateurs from throughout Northern California. As a matter of fact, the 1999 field included Mark Murphy of Waterville, Ireland, who made it to the quarterfinals before being ousted in a nail-biter by Gary Vanier. (Vanier eventually lost to Randy Haag in what was called the best final since Ken Venturi beat Harvey Ward in 1956 in front of 12,000 fans.)

Another thing that makes the City Championship a unique event is the inclusion of an "Open" Division, allowing for amateurs of varying abilities to compete. The top two flights in the Open Division, named the "Venturi" and "Susko" respectively, are named for two of the tournaments' most popular competitors, Ken Venturi and John Susko, the latter of whom met an untimely death from Crohn's disease in 1983. Susko is remembered as a popular Lincoln Park golfer who won the City Championship in 1978 and 1980, won the Alameda Commuters in 1981, and participated in a number of National amateur events even with a condition that often sidelined him for weeks at a time.

Those familiar with the City Championship will tell you about the tradition of playing the ball as it lies at San Francisco's Lincoln and Harding Park golf courses in some often very wintry conditions. More than one player has marched in to the tournament office claiming that they will never play again, but their applications usually find their way in the following year. Conditions are the same for everyone; the ability to accept the occasional bad break is paramount to a competitor's success.

Past champions include 1964 US Open Champion Ken Venturi, 1999 US Women's Open Champion Julie Inkster, and 1969 Masters Champion George Archer. More recently, LPGA Tour player Dorothy Delasin* of Daly City (winner of the 1998 US Junior Girls Championship and 1999 US Women's Amateur) claimed the Women's City Championship in 1998.


2017 Gary Vanier
2016 Randy Haag
2015 Gary Vanier
2014 Jim Williams
2013 Gary Vanier
2012 Jim Williams
2011 Mark Miller
2010 Herb Jensen
2009 Gary Vanier
2008 Jim Knoll
2007 Carl Selkirk
2006 Jeff Early
2005 Robert Thompson
2004 Earl Stewart
2003 Bob Callan
2002 Bob Olds
2001 Marshall Gleason
2000 Earl Stewart
1999 Jim McMurtrey
1998 Tom Culligan
1997 John Cranston
1996 Vic Santa Maria
1995 Fred Strebel
1994 Jim Ono
1993 Dan James
1992 Calder Hayes
1991 Walt Gilliam
1990 Walt Gilliam

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Senior Championship
For male players with a handicap index of 9.4 or lower

$275Includes greens fees for qualifying round and all match play rounds. Players who do not advance to match play will be refunded $125 to the card used to charge their entry.
$300Entry fee includes greens free for qualifying and all match play rounds -- all contested at TPC Harding Park and a $25 Donation to the First Tee of SF
$325Entry fee includes greens free for qualifying and all match play rounds -- all contested at TPC Harding Park and a $50 Donation to the First Tee of SF
$350Entry fee includes greens free for qualifying and all match play rounds -- all contested at TPC Harding Park and a $75 Donation to the First Tee of SF

Senior Championship
Scott AndersonDanville, CA
Bill AndrewsMartinez, CA
Zack ArigaSan Bruno, CA
Mike BenhamSan Mateo, CA
Sunil BhallaFremont, CA
Randy BlankenbakerRohnert Park, CA
Jeff BrittonCarmel, CA
Alan BrownliePetaluma, CA
Ross BrownlieHayward, CA
Bob BurnettPiedmont, CA
James CamaioneUpland, CA
Victor CampbellHercules, CA
Bruce CardinalMill Valley, CA
Peter ClarkeSanta Cruz, CA
Mel Collins Jr.Long Beach, CA
Christopher CookPacifica, CA
Ralph CostanzoMillbrae, CA
Tom CraigLafayette, CA
Peter CroneEl Dorado Hills, CA
Dennis DachtlerFolsom, CA
Dennis DavisMartinez, CA
John DonnellyPetaluma, CA
Steve DonnellySalinas, CA
Joe FaulknerSan Francisco, CA
Don FrankRedding, CA
John FriendLos Altos, CA
Andrew GabelmanBarrington, IL
David GamesEmeryville, CA
dario gonzalesBakersfield, CA
Robert GoodwinAtherton, CA
Ken GosselinSanta Rosa, CA
Patrick GoudySan Francisco, CA
Randy HaagOrinda, CA
Bruce HanavanSan Anselmo, CA
Michael HartshornNovato, CA
Steve HendrickVallejo, CA
Jim HimlerSan Rafael, CA
Eric HippSan Francisco, CA
Tom HovorkaSan Bruno, CA
Steve HoytMoraga, CA
Jorgen Michael JensenCampbell, CA
Bob JohnsonVacaville , CA
Somboon Kitapanfairfield, CA
Jim KnollSunnyvale, CA
Ray KongSan Jose, CA
Terry LeachNovato, CA
mike manganSan Francisco, CA
Mark MartinSebastopol, CA
Chris MateoMountain View, CA
Mike MauriceAlameda, CA
Maurice MonserezSan Francisco, CA
Greg O'MalleySonoma, CA
Alfred OppenheimMILL VALLEY, CA
Richard PetitMenlo Park, CA
Steve PieracciSan Jose, CA
Dean Princeparadise, CA
Dave RathjenSan Jose, CA
Rex ReeseLas Vegas, NV
Willie RossOakland, CA
Rich RowleySan Jose, CA
Jay RussellSan Francisco, CA
James RyanNovato, CA
Hideki Sasasan francisco, CA
Tom ScarlettWoodland, CA
christopher scottsummit, NJ
Dan SextonLos Gatos, CA
Bryan ShakMilpitas, CA
Jim SimpsonDublin, CA
Eric SmithTiburon, CA
Michael Staskuslos altos, CA
Allen SuzukiSan Francisco, CA
John TestSan clemente, CA
Robert ThomasKentfield, CA
David UjiharaBrea, CA
Jeff Van HarteSan Carlos, CA
Gary Vanierpleasant hill, CA
Matt VukicevichKenwood, CA
Corey WestBurlingame, CA
Christopher WilliamsSanta Rosa, CA
Jim WilliamsOrinda, CA
Michael WishartHillsborough, CA
Pete WlodkowskiCarlsbad, CA
Doug YarrisYountville , CA
Philip YimPetaluma, CA

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