Posted by: John K. Abendroth
Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 8:30 PM
The San Francisco City Golf Championship has come of age at 95 with an amazing story line from the champions of the 2012 Championship at TPC-Harding Park.
Let's start with the men's overall champion Cody Blick who wins 2-up with a great birdie on the tough 18th hole but during the second 18-holes, he made about 5 putts in the 20 foot range and a 60-foot bomb on the 6th hole. He was up most of the day, but the match was square through 34, and Blick would win the last two holes to put his name down in the history books.
Now let's talk about the senior champion, Jim Williams a member of the USGA Executive Committee who would play two under par golf to win one-up. He spent the week entertaining the Men's and Women's golf teams from Pitt where both of his kids play.
Now let's bring this full circle and show how the San Francisco City Golf Championship is like no other. Alexandra Wong won the Women's championship on the golf course where she got inspired as a member of The First Tee. Presenting her trophy was Sandy Tatum, the past USGA President who was quite responsible for the rebirth of Harding Park golf course and for the First Tee to be housed at Harding Park Golf Course. Oh...did I mention that the awards ceremony was held in the Sandy Tatum Clubhouse? While waiting for the awards, Wong was doing math homework with her caddy helping.
So for golf in San Francisco and many other places, this was a great day, Sandy Tatum the heart and soul of San Francisco Golf, a kid from The First Tee winning on her home course, a High School senior winning a famous championship and a USGA Board member using a pull cart, walks to his senior championship...golf is a better game today especially in San Francisco.