San Francisco, Calif.-----It's been more than 50 years since the days of Ken Venturi that a San Jose State men's golfer won the San Francisco City Golf Championship. The legendary Spartan won it three times, once as a San Jose State student and twice as an amateur before turning pro in 1956.
That drought is coming to an imminent end in a few months.
Cody Blickensderfer, a senior at San Ramon (Calif.) Valley High and one of four to sign a National Letter-of-Intent with San Jose State last November, is the 2012 San Francisco City Golf champion.
Playing as Cody Blick, the Danville resident captured the 95th annual San Francisco City Golf Men's Championship at Harding Park with a 2-up victory over Weston Payne, a University of California student from Menlo Park.
After two rounds of stroke-play qualifying, Blick began the three-weekend tournament as the 31st seed in a 32-man match-play field. To get to the 36-hole championship match, he won four matches, two of which were settled with playoff holes.
www.sfgate.com's account of Blick's win is here.
Once he enrolls at San Jose State this fall, Blick becomes the seventh Spartan to win a San Francisco City Golf Championship - the longest-running municipal golf tournament in the United States.
San Jose State golfers to win a San Francisco City Golf championship
Men's champions (contested since 1917)
Ken Venturi - 1950, 1953, 1956
Women's champions (contested since 1958)
Juli Inkster - 1979, 1981
Carol Conidi - 1980
Denise Philbrick - 1987
Eva Dahlback Monisteri - 2003
Senior champions (contested since 1993)
Jim Knoll - 2008