San Francisco City Open & Match Play
March 3, 2014
Higher seeds again found themselves heading home as play continued in the annual San Francisco City Championship at Presidio Golf Course.
Among them was 2013 Junior Tour of Northern California Player of the Year Justin Suh.
Suh, who at No.3 was the highest seed remaining in the Men’s championship, saw his chances come to an end Sunday when he was bounced by veteran Rick Reinsberg, 3and 2, in the quarterfinals.
Reinsberg, the No.27 seed, is no stranger to the big stage. He’s won the Alameda Commuters Championship five times.
Also getting knocked out was No.26 seed Ian Coffman, who fell 4 and 3 to No.47 Ryan Wilson. With their wins, Wilson and Reinsberg will meet in Saturday’s semifinals.
In the other half of the men’s championship bracket, No.32 seed Shintaro Ban (pictured left), who eliminated defending champion William Brueckner the previous weekend, continued to roll with a 6 and 4 quarterfinals win over No.54 Ryan Grunland.
Headed for the University of Nevada-Las Vegas this fall, Ban will meet No.4 Ryan Knop, a 3 and 2 winner over No.12 Miguel Delgado, in the semifinals.
While the match play craziness continued in the men’s championship, the women’s championship brackets again stayed to form.
There, No.1 seed and defending champion Casie Cathrea (pictured below) of Livermore moved another step closer to back-to-back crowns after defeating No.9 Mabel Wong, 4 and 3, while No.2 Amanjoty Sangha advanced with a 5 and 4 win over Kiran Sangha.
Also reaching the semifinals were No.5 Elizabeth Schultz, who moved on with a 3 and 1 victory over No.13 Balbina Guajardo and No.3 Anna Zhou, who dispatched No.22 Sabrina Iqbal, 4 and 3.
Cathrea, who’s expected to turn professional soon after the championship, will meet Schultz in the semis, while Sangha will face Zhou.
As per the Senior men’s championship, it was back to more upsets.
Things got going in Saturday’s Round of 16 when No.1 seed and defending champion Gary Vanier was eliminated via a 1-up loss to No.16 seed Michael Staskus.
Staskus then continued his charge in the quarterfinals, knocking out No.8 Gregory O’Malley, 1-up.
In this weekend’s semifinals, Staskus will square off against No.29 Jim Williams, who bounced No.28 Greg Zipp, 6 and 5.
The other side of the Senior men’s championship will see No.15 Steve Schroeder take on No.11 Ray Pelligrini. Schroder advanced through the quarterfinals after bumping out No.7 Dave Baskins 3 and 2, while Pelligrini sent No.3 Craig Gandy packing, 4 and 3.
In the Super Senior portion of the championship, this weekend’s semifinals will pit No.1 Ron Johnson vs. No.5 Jim Welsh and No.7 Chris Selkirk against No.11 Ely Orquiza.
Welsh moved on after dispatching No.4 Robert Rowland, 2-up, while Selkirk advanced after beating No.2 Bob Olds, 2 and 1.
Orquiza’s trail to the semis included a win over No.14 Ronald Wiley, who had previously eliminated No.3 H. Jay Guerin.
The semifinals of each championship, including the Men’s Open and Women’s Juli Inkster bracket, will be held Saturday, followed by Sunday’ finales.
First held in 1917, the San Francisco City is the oldest municipal tournament in the U.S.