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100th San Francisco City Championship TPC Harding Park | March 13


St. Patrick’s Day came early


at TPC Harding Park as Daniel Connolly won the historic event with a 3 and 1 win over long-hitting Noah Sheikh. Connolly, who had his father


John, owner of the popular Johnny Foley’s Irish House on the bag as caddie, not only overcame a three- hole deficit through 21 holes. He also had to survive a wet and cold day that made the going a slog. “It was pretty brutal out there,”


said Connolly, who’s headed to SMU this fall. “It was a grind.” Throughout the 36-hole final,


Connolly had a cheering section of nearly 100 patrons and friends of his father. “They really spurned me on.


Coming down the stretch it was a little intimidating, but I knew they were pulling for me,” said Connolly, whose encouragement included a


text from Padraig Harrington. “I had to stay focused and not think about winning.” In the Women’s Champion-


ship, Pioneer High sophomore and two-time defending Junior Tour of Northern California Girls’ Player of the Year Sabrina Iqbal took the title with an impressive 11 and 9 win over Sagee Palavivatana. Despite the conditions, Iqbal


played her 27 holes at 2-under. “It was hard to judge the speed of the greens but overall it was fun,” Iqbal said. Iqbal’s win earned her an


automatic spot in the Monday qualifier for the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. In the Senior Championship,


Olympic Club member Randy Haag joined Gary Vanier and Tom Culligan as players who have won both the Men’s Championship and Senior Championship. The 57-year-old Haag, who was making his Senior Championship debut, held off Dean Prince, 3 and 1 to take the title. The Super Senior crown went


to David Bosley, who defeated Jay Guerin, 2 and 1.


–J.S.


Big Sur Flight (Handicap Index 9 and below) Angie and John Friedrich, 69-67–136


NCGA Mixed Team Spring Championship Poppy Hills | March 26-27


Golden Gate Flight (Handicap Index 10-17) Janice and Bryce Yoshimoto 65-65–130


Yosemite Flight (Handicap Index 18 and above) Simon Tao and Melynda Li 66-66–132


Daniel Connolly


Sabrina Iqbal


58 / NCGA.ORG / SPRING 2016


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