More than 160 junior golfers will bring their A-games to the 82nd annual San Francisco Junior Golf Tournament running today through Thursday afternoon at Lincoln Park Golf Course. As one of the oldest junior tournaments in the country, past winners, including Bill Glasson, Johnny Miller and Dorothy Delasin, have gone on to become prominent figures on the PGA, Champions and LPGA tours.
“A lot of great golfers have come out of the Bay Area. We are just keeping the rich San Francisco golfing tradition alive with this tournament,” tournament director George Ambrosio said.
This year’s tournament offers players a clean slate as last year’s winners will be unable to defend their titles. San Jose native Adam Loren, now 18 years old, is no longer eligible to participate, but he will begin his college golf career in San Diego this fall. Former girls’ champion Shanee Martinez, 15, entered this year’s tournament, but had to drop out after qualifying for the U.S. Junior Championship at Pinehurst in North Carolina.
On Thursday afternoon, two new names will be etched into the tournament trophy. Alameda local Carly Childs, whose sister was a former tournament champion, is the player to watch this year in the girls’ division. Marcus Cootsona, 17, was the runner-up in last year’s tournament and is expected to contend once again.
Two different formats will be played during this week’s tournament.
Boys, ages 14-17, tee off in their qualifying match play round this morning and will be seeded into flights based on their scores. The top 16 scores will go into the championship flight, and players with the next best scores will be split into flights within two age groups: boys 16 and 17, and boys 14 and 15. They will play a match on Wednesday morning, and if they win, they will play another match later in the day. If a player wins both of his matches, he will return Thursday morning to play in the semifinals. Winners of those matches will play in the finals beginning around noon Thursday.
The second format, played on Wednesday and Thursday, is medal play for older girls and younger boys. Players will be split into different flights based on age: girls 15-17 years, 12-14 years, 10-11 years, 9 and under, and boys 12-13 years, 10-11 years and 9 and under. Each flight plays two rounds and the total scores for both days will determine the overall winners.