February 29, 2016
It took just the opening weekend of match play for the brackets at the 100th San Francisco City Men’s Championship to get thrown upside down.
The first upset came on Saturday when No.63 seed Matt Grush knocked out No. 2 seed Drew Karren, 2 and 1 in the first round. A day later, No.1 seed Dominic Salomone was sent packing by No.32 seed Ben Peters via a 3 and 2 loss.
Also falling on opening weekend were No.3 seed Alex Zhu, who lost on the 19th hole to Ben Doyle, and No.4 Brett Viboch, who fell to No.61 Aaron Chen, 1-up, in the first round.
The Top 4 weren’t the only ones who found the going rough. By the end of the second round, the highest seed remaining was No.10 Noah Sheikh.
Others still alive in the brackets include former NCGA Amateur Match Play Championship winner Jake Yount (No.27) and Andrew Biggadike (No.41).
Over in the Senior Championship, things were more to form. No.1 seed Scott Anderson opened with a 3 and 2 win over Mike Cinelli, and No.2 seed Gary Vanier won his opener, 4 and 3 over Michael Wishart.
The Women’s Championship and Super Senior Championship begin match play this coming weekend.