The San Francisco City Golf Championship is called “The City” as it has perhaps more interesting history of any city or regional golf event in the world. This was the 103rd consecutive running of this event without ever taking a break for world wars, major earthquakes or other natural disasters.
Growing up as a kid reading about the “City” made it something I dreamed of one day playing in. I would read on the front page of the SF Chronicle sports page about all the behemoth mega talented players that found hard to become the “City” Champion. Perhaps the most famous match ever was in the 50’s when Harvie Ward played Ken Venturi in front of over 5,000 spectators.
Unfortunately amateur golf is far less followed now than in the past, SADLY. The pool of talent is deeper than ever, and the game has changed significantly to the younger generation. And again unfortunately the younger generation has not been taught the basics of the game, which is to asses your shot and get up and hit it. Now these kids are spending several minutes assessing every angle of every shot, and making the game a 5+ hour event.
I know in this article I should be telling you about my 3rd win in this important event, and believe me I am thrilled to add another title to an event that is VERY hard to win. BUT, I want to encourage others the importance of getting the game of golf back to the old days when 4 hour or less rounds were the norm, not this new era of long rounds and waiting on every shot.
The “City” needs to make some changes to support the proper pace of play, and if anyone out there has any creative suggestions, please reply back. I know that we can have officials time players and have group timing locations on certain holes. I know that we can use the same rule that junior golf has which is NO parents caddying for their kids. We need to help the game of golf and create awareness for the proper way to play which is using a max of 45 seconds when its your turn to play.
I am very proud and excited for my good friend and best ball partner Jason Anthony for his victory yesterday in the “City”. I am sure like me, he will always remember this special “W” as one of his most coveted.
Please take a minute to review the great articles written about the event below.
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