Today again under blue skies and cool and windy conditions, the City Championship reduced the Men’s Championship flight down to 32 for match play starting next Saturday. A playoff at 148 (eight over par) was contested between 8 players for 7 spots to fill the last match play spots. I hate to write this, but today I accomplished something never done before in the City Championship, I am the first player over 50 to be medalist. In my wildest dreams I would never have expected to win the qualifier after 120 days off from competitive golf.

Harding Park today played tough with the final round Amex pins all tucked in the corners and on the slopes of these greens. The condition of the course was amazing and all those involved with the improvement at Harding Park should be congratulated!!

I figured I was close to the medalist position coming down the stretch, but with the wind picking up the last 6 holes at Harding can play very tough, especially 14 and 18. After solid pars leading up to the 18th hole, I figured I need a birdie or worst case a par to have a chance at the medalist position. 18 has not been kind to me in this event, I have lost numerous matches on this hole, and cannot remember ever winning a match on 18. In stroke play I have made a mess of this very tough finishing hole. The drive is the key shot, as you drive over Lake Merced and over a tall Pine tree to reach the fairway, or go right and take a chance of going into the bunkers down the right side. After a perfect drive just left of the bunkers, I had a 9 iron left downwind to a tucked pin in the left front of the green. After putting my shot 30 feet I still had a tricky two putt to secure a par 4 after a good lag putt to 2 feet I secured a rare par to finish strong coming in to finish at 139. Once inside I saw that 139 -1 looked like it was going to take medalist, and the number one seed.

Many think there is this myth of the curse of being the #1 seed and medalist in match play events, but I will always take that number 1 spot. I’ve won the NCGA Amateur as the #1 seed, and feel it’s an advantage not disadvantage. Everyone starts even again next weekend and match play always produces some surprise winner, especially in the SF City. Over the next few days I will share with you some of the things I’ve been doing during the off season that I think could help your game. Results below:

1 Randy Haag, BURLINGAME, CA 68-71–139
2 Nicolo Galletti, CLAYTON 69-71–140
T3 Daniel Faulkner, SF 77-64–141
Michael Weaver, Berkeley 70-71–141
5 Rick Reinsberg, Lafayette 69-73–142
T6 Barry Logar, Fairfield 68-75–143
Ben Corfee, El Macero 67-76–143
T8 Alex Franklin, San Rafael 76-68–144
Brandon Baumgarten, Granite Bay 78-66–144
Nicolas Noya, SSF 71-73–144
Shintaro Ban, San Jose 79-65–144
Westson Payne, Menlo Park 73-71–144
William Brueckner, Walnut Creek 69-75–144
T14 Andrew Biggadike, San Mateo 73-73–146
Jay Pinkos, Moraga 76-70–146
Mark Mance, SF, CA 72-74–146
Matthew Briggs, Novato 71-75–146
MJ Morin, Bakersfield 72-74–146
Stephen Molinelli, BURLINGAME, CA 67-79–146
Wes Sandroni, Roseville 79-67–146
T21 Chris Bright, Novato 77-70–147
Eddie Newland, SF 69-78–147
Robby Salomon, Portola Valley 77-70–147
Stephen Griggs, Carmichael 80-67–147
Timothy Nelson, SF 71-76–147
T26 Anthony Machi, Pleasanton 70-78–148
Brett Borchers, Pleasanton 76-72–148
Christopher Moreno-Hunt, Oakland 77-71–148
Cody Blick, Danville 81-67–148
Jake Yount, Alamo 80-68–148
John Sawin, SF 71-77–148
Ryan Gronlund, Pleasanton 73-75–148
Scott Terry, Pleasanton 79-69–148
T34 Bryant Williams, SF 72-77–149
Hayden Shieh, Fremont 70-79–149
Justin Goh, SF 71-78–149
Justin Pagila, Dublin 74-75–149
Justin Suh, San Jose 77-72–149
Neil Summers, LIVERMORE, CA 73-76–149
Nick Ushijima, Hillsborough 82-67–149
Rion Noone, Santa Rosa 79-70–149
T42 Andrew Bonner, Ripon 75-75–150
Andrew Buchanan, Los Altos Hills 73-77–150


Me and my good pal and caddy Reiner
City Scoreboard
View back to the 18th tee from behind the fairway bunkers



  1. Congratulations Randy on Medalist and good luck in the match play!
    Are you playing in the SPMA at Mayacama? I’ll see if I can still get in.
    Take care,

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