TPC Harding Park
March 3-4, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO – The quarterfinals are set for the championship division in the 2012 San Francisco City Men’s Championship. After match play rounds of 32 and 16 on Saturday and Sunday eight players will battle it out next weekend (March 10-11) for the SF City title: Shintaro Ban, Andrew Biggadike, Cody Blick, Alex Franklin, Nicolas Noya, Wes Payne, Michael Weaver and Jake Yount.
Arguably the biggest upset of the event took place Sunday when Biggadike beat six-time NCGA Player of the Year and the No. 1 overall seed of the championship Randy Haag, 4 and 2. Blick, the 31st seed of the tournament upset No. 2 seed Nicolo Galletti in the first round 4 and 2, and then survived his round-of-16 match with MJ Morin, which went an uncommon 22 holes. Two other round-of-16 matches went the distance or better, Ban beat William Brueckner in 19 holes, while Yount beat Timothy Nelson 2 up. Payne and Noya also had competitive matches as Payne beat William Faulkner 2 and 1, while Noya had a similar result against Brett Borchers, winning 3 and 1.
The two players who cruised through the round-of-16 were 2011 NCGA Amateur Match Play runner-up, Michael Weaver (No. 3 seed), and Alex Franklin (No. 11 seed). Weaver won his match over Mark Mance 6 and 4, while Franklin won in impressive fashion beating Christopher Moreno-Hunt 8 and 7. Franklin has played the least amount of holes of the surviving players as his first round match was a 6 and 5 victory over Chris Bright. One of the two players’ hot-play will have to come to an end as the two now have to face each other in the quarterfinals. The other three quarterfinal matches are Biggadike vs. Ban, Payne vs. Yount, and Blick vs. Noya.
Quarterfinals will take place Saturday March 10 in the morning with the semifinals following that afternoon. The final match will tee off 7:40 a.m. on Sunday March 11.
WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP: The 2012 SF City Women’s Match Play kicked off on Sunday with eight round-of-16 matches. Advancing were defending champion and No. 1 overall seed Hannah Suh, Monique Riley (No. 8 seed), Alexandra Wong (No. 4 seed), Erika Salinas (No. 12 seed), Lynne Cowan (No. 15 seed), Jayshree Sarathy (No. 7 seed), Hannah Sodersten (No. 3 seed) and Chloe Corriveau (No. 6 seed). The four matches quarterfinal matches are as follows: Suh vs. Riley, Wong vs. Salinas, Cowan vs. Sarathy, and Sodersten vs. Corriveau.
Similar to the men’s championship, the women’s championship will feature the quarterfinal matches the morning of Saturday March 10 with the semifinals following that afternoon. The women’s final will tee off at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday March 11.