March 18, 2019
Evan Peterson and Danielle Suh, both a pair of Junior Tour of Northern California products, won the titles at one of the nation’s oldest amateur championships.
Peterson, the No.12 seed, defeated Jason Anthony, 5 and 3, in the 36-hole final while the No.4 seeded Suh came from behind to defeat No.3 Aman Sangha, on the 38th hole to win the Men’s and Women’s San Francisco City titles, respectively, at TPC Harding Park.
Peterson, a redshirt junior at St. Mary’s, took an early lead and never looked back in defeating the No.2 seeded Anthony, who was looking to become the first repeat champion since Jim Evans in 1995-’96. While he hasn’t been able to crack the starting lineup at St. Mary’s, Peterson joined the likes of Ken Venturi and Harvie Ward as ‘The City’ winners.
“It’s such a prestigious event,” Peterson said.
Suh, who was down four holes after the morning round, knotted things up before finally catching the No.3 seeded Sangha. A junior at Daugherty High in San Ramon, Suh called her victory the biggest of her budding amateur career.
In the Senior Championship, 66-year-old No. 21 seed Jim Knoll turned back the clock, knocking off No.3 Steve Schroeder, 1-up. Knoll, who won a record five straight NCGA Senior Player of the Year titles from 2011-’15, last won the S.F. City Senior tile in 2008.
Over in the Super Senior Championship, No.4 Frank Pieper defeated No.4 Stuart Francis, 5 and 3. For Pieper, the son of amateur legend Ernie Pieper, it marked his first ‘The City’ Super Senior crown. Francis is the incoming USGA president.
There was also the second Senior Women’s Championship. Jennifer Douglas won that title, which was stroke play.