San Francisco City Open & Match Play
There were upsets galore as the match play portion of the annual San Francisco City Championship got underway at Presidio Golf Course.
Among those feeling the sting of the unpredictability of match play was defending men’s champion William Brueckner of Walnut Creek. Brueckner, who won the title last year at the age of 16, fell 1-up in the second round to No.32 seed Shintaro Ban.
Also getting knocked out early was No.2 seed and medalist Kristopher Server, who fell 2 and 1 to No.63 seed Thomas Hutchinson.
No.3 Justin Suh, the 2013 Junior Tour of Northern California Player of the Year, won his first and second round matches, 2 and 1 and 3 and 1, respectively. No.4 Ryan Knop also moved on to the Round of 16 after a 5 and 4 and 3 and 2 win, respectively.
Among the other higher seeds to get knocked out of the brackets was No.6 Stephen Sparolini. Sparolini, who won the title in 2004, fell 2 and 1 to No.27 Rick Reinsberg.
In a sign of how much the brackets got turned upside down, only two top 10 seeds (Knop and Suh, seen right) are still alive, while seven of the 16 who advanced are seeded No.40 or higher. Among those shaking up the brackets was No.55 seed Drew Nelson, who moved on with upset wins over No.10 Travis Mitchell and No.23 Tim Beranek.
This weekend’s men’s championship quarterfinals will be held Sunday (March 2) weather permitting. The March 8-9 weekend will consist of the semifinals and Sunday’s 36-hole finale.
In the women’s championship, each of the top four seeds advanced with opening victories.
No.1 seed and defending champion Casie Cathrea of Livermore (pictured below) moved on with a 3 and 1 victory, while No.2 Amanjoty Sangha advanced with a 2 and 1 win.
Also moving on were No.3 Anna Zhou, who won 2 and 1 and No.4 Angela Ziu, who cruised to a 7 and 5 opening win.
Cathrea, who recently left Oklahoma State and is expected to soon pursue a professional careeer, will next take on No.16 Kathleen Scavo of Benicia. The women’s championship will continue with play both this Saturday and Sunday.
The Senior championship also saw some upsets, with No.2 seed and medalist Herb Jensen getting knocked out by No. 31 Ray Kong and No.4 Scott Anderson losing to No.29 Jim Williams.
Moving on was defending champion and No. 1 seed Gary Vanier and No.3 Craig Gandy. Vanier is defending champion of the NCGA Senior Championship.
The Round of 16 and quarterfinals of the senior championship will be held this coming weekend.
Keeping with theme of the opening rounds of match play, in the women’s open championship (Juli Inkster bracket) No.1 Kimberly Liu was bounced by No.32 M.H. Yang.
The men’s open championship, which features eight flights, also had its share of upsets. Among them was were No.32 John Robinson eliminating No.1 Ian Cussen in the Sandy Tatum flight and No.32 Mathias Rousset knocking out No.1 James Miller in the Tom Culligan Sr. flight.