SF City Championships
TPC Harding Park
March 9-10, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO – The 97th Annual San Francisco City Championship wrapped up over the weekend and the championship match featured two players with a combined age of 31 years-old. When all was said and done though, experience mattered as 16-year-old William Brueckner of Walnut Creek was crowned champion beating 15-year-old Isaiah Salinda 3 & 1 in the Sunday 36-hole final.
Brueckner, almost didn’t make it out of the quarterfinal round, Saturday morning, when his match with 17-year-old Jimmy Castles lasted 21 holes. After that war of attrition, the Acalanes High School junior cruised in his semifinal matchup, beating 21-year-old Alex Franklin 5 & 4, Saturday afternoon. On the other side of the bracket, Salinda (No. 29 seed) took down top-seeded Andrew Biggadike 3 & 2 in the semifinals. Earlier on Saturday, Salinda beat 16-year-old Nicholas Rogers 4 & 2. In the one match that didn’t feature a teenager in the championship flight, 34-year-old Biggadike outlasted 48-year-old Nick Ushijima 2 up in the quarterfinals.
In the senior division, Gary Vanier won his second San Francisco City Senior title, beating Jim Williams 7 & 5 in the Sunday final. Vanier, dominated over the weekend playing a total of 24 holes of the scheduled 36. In his semifinal match on Saturday, the six-time San Francisco City champion ousted Ken Noonan 8 & 7. Williams, the No. 1 seed, advanced to the final after beating Bob Rowland 4 & 3 in Saturday’s semifinal. In the super senior division Ron Johnson defeated Bruce Wold 3 & 2.
Two-time runner-up of the women’s division, Casie Cathrea, finally broke through and won her first San Francisco City title. The 17-year-old from Livermore glided to a 10 & 8 victory over Palo Alto’s Jayshree Sarathy in the 36-hole final to cap off some exceptional golf in the match play rounds. The Oklahoma State bound Cathrea never had to play the final two holes at Harding Park in her three 18-hole matches leading up to Sunday’s final, with her longest match coming in the round of 16, when she beat Nancy Xu 3 & 2. Cathrea’s quarterfinal match against Nicolette Bondura and semifinal match against Nina Fairbairn both resulted in 5 & 3 victories.