Annual San Francisco City Championship Set to Tee Off
March 12, 2015
The oldest municipal tournament in the U.S. is back.
Following this weekend’s Men’s Championship qualifying, another five flights—men’s senior championship, men’s super senior championship, women’s championship, women’s open championship and men’s open championship—will get underway the weekend of March 21-22 with qualifying.
One of the biggest amateur prizes in Northern California, the championship then runs each weekend until April 12, when the finals in each flight will be held at TPC Harding Park.
As for just how big it is to win the S.F. City, all one has to do is look at the list of past winners.
Ken Venturi, a three-time winner of the championship (1950, 1953, 1956), captured his first title at the age of 18. Other winners of the event include George Archer (1963) Harvie Ward, who won in 1955. On the women’s front, Juli Inkster won titles in 1979 and 1981.
The all-time leaders in victories are Gary Vanier with six men’s titles and Sally Voss Krueger with a stunning 10 women’s titles. Voss Krueger was so good that she eventually became the third female invited to play in the annual AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, following Nancy Lopez and Beth Daniel, who both competed in the event as amateurs.
Vanier once said that The City was the “toughest tournament” he’s played in.
Among those in the field for the men’s championship are 2014 NCGA Player of the Year runner-up Jason Anthony, Jonny Baxter and 2013 Junior Tour of Northern California Player of the Year Justin Suh.
The women’s championship will feature among others 2014 U.S. Women’s Open darling Lucy Li, 2014 JTNC Girls’ Player of the Year Sabrina Iqbal and Ty Akabane.
In the men’s senior flight there’ll be Vanier, Dale Bouguennec, former winner Randy Haag and Terry Foreman, while the Super Senior flight will include 2014 NCGA Super Senior champion Herb Jensen, Ron Johnson and Bob Olds.
Last year, the men’s title was won by UNLV freshman Shintaro Ban, who defeated 2003 S.F. City winner Rick Reinsberg, 8 and 7. The women’s title was won by Casie Cathrea, who beat Anna Zhou, 10 and 9. With her win, Cathrea joined Krueger and Pat Cornett as back-to-back female winners of the championship.
For a look at the pairings in each flight, please visit sfgolfchampionship.com.