Annual San Francisco City Entering Final Week
March 11, 2019
The annual San Francisco City is entering its final week at TPC Harding Park, and there are some familiar faces in the mix.
In the Men’s Championship, defending champion and No.2 seed Jason Anthony is still in the running. The Green Valley CC member and 2017 NCGA Player of the Year will next take on No.10 Brett Viboch in Saturday morning’s quarterfinals. In the same bracket, No.19 seed Bobby Bucey will face the Cinderella, No.54 Nathan Wang. Bucey won last year’s California Amateur Championship and is a multiple NCGA champion.
The other half of the Men’s Championship bracket has No.33 Travis Peterson taking on No.24 Tony Verna and No.20 William Parker facing No.12 Evan Peterson.
In the Women’s Championship, No.1 seed Sophie Thai will face No.9 Madelyn Gamble in Saturday’s quarterfinals, while No.4 Danielle Suh will play No.12 Aishvarya Bedi. The other side of the Women’s brackets has No.2 Marie Dean vs. No.7 Sammy Lee and No.2 Aman Sangha vs. No.11 Gia Feliciano.
The Senior Division has local Randy Haag looking to make it three of the last four years. Haag, an NCGA Hall of Famer and the No.1 seed, will take on No.21 Jim Knoll in the semifinals. Haag, the defending champion, also won in 2016. The other Senior semifinals match will pit No.7 Andrew Gabelman vs. No.2 Steve Schroeder. Schroeder, the new general manager at Poppy Hills, formerly was the GM and Director of Operations at TPC Harding Park.
In the Super Senior Division, the quarterfinals will be held Wednesday, March 13. There, No.16 Ely Orquiza will take on No.9 Tim Grunsky, with No.4 Frank Pieper facing No.5 Chuck Richesin. The other side of the brackets has No.2 Stuart Francis vs. No.7 Mike Parnow and No.3 Ron Johnson vs. No.11 Bob Olds. Johnson is a two-time Super Senior winner (2013, 2017).