Yanagisawa Grabs Medalist Honors at Canadian Q-School

By Marty HenwoodJune 10, 2005, 4:00 pm
LANGLEY, B.C. -- The Canadian Tour unveiled its 16 latest members Friday as Spring Qualifying wrapped up in suburban Vancouver.

Former Tour regular Will Yanagisawa of Long Beach, Calif. erased a three-shot deficit with a final round 5-under 65 to take medallist honours at 8-under 272. New Zealands Nick Davey, another former Tour member, finished two strokes back while Americans Byron Smith and Ryan Camp, who shared the lead heading into the final round, came in at 5-under 275 at Belmont GC.

The lone Canadian to earn one of the seven full exempt cards was Billy Noon of Maple Ridge, BC, who ended up in a tie for fifth at minus-2.

Nine others, including Canadians Mike Mezei, Eddie Maunder, Chris Wood, Dan Roberts, Tim Wilson and Hasoi Koh, will have non-exempt status for the remainder of the 2005 season.

Those earning playing cards Friday will not have to travel far to get their first taste of Tour action. The Times Colonist Open will be held in Victoria beginning Thursday.

Yanagisawa was a member of Stanfords NCAA national championship squad in 1994, a team that also featured Notah Begay and Casey Martin. After playing with Tiger Woods in their senior seasons at Stanford the following year, Begay and Yanagisawa both came north and earned Canadian Tour playing privileges. In the past few years, Yanagisawa has taken his swings in Asia and spent time as a teacher.

Nearly a decade later, he has, in a way, come home.

Im happy to be back, it feels great, said a relieved Yanagisawa, who has played in a pair of events this season on sponsors exemptions. Coming back to the Canadian Tour seemed like a natural choice. I always wanted to come back and play here.

Starting the day three back of Camp and Smith, Yanagisawa turned at 2-under and began to make his move by chipping in for birdie on the par-4 13th. He then birdied 16 and 17 and, playing one group in front of the leaders, watched as his 65 held up for a two-shot win.

When the leader (Smith) came back to the rest of us (Thursday), I knew I had a chance. Playing a Q-school is the same process as a regular event. You want to execute your shots and not worry about what anyone else is doing. After the birdie on 13, I knew if I could get a couple more coming in I could put some heat on those guys.

Noon, who failed to keep his card in his rookie campaign a year ago, gave a couple back late in the day when, looking to move a couple of pegs up the leaderboard, he bogeyed his last two holes and settled for a share of fifth.

I didnt really keep it together today, said Noon. Coming in, I knew I had a card in my pocket and I took a couple of chances late.

In the summer of 2003, Noon won an employee showdown at Swan-e-set Bay Resort to earn a berth in the Greater Vancouver Classic, where he eventually finished in a tie for 12th with Tour champions Mario Tiziani and Brad Sutterfield. Two months later, Noon was in Whitby, Ont., earning full-time status on the Canadian Tour at Fall Qualifying.

His first season is something Noon doesnt care to remember.

You cant get too frustrated with your rookie season, admitted Noon. You have to learn from it. I struggled last year and put up too many big numbers. I feel more comfortable this time around.

As he prepared to make the ferry ride to Victoria, Yanagisawa was itching to get back to playing full-time.

Its right down the road, so to speak, so its nice not to have to travel, he said. There are a lot of perks on this Tour this summer, and someone has to go get them. Im excited about getting out there next week.
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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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