Bunny Claims Medalist Honors

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Canadian Tour-LargeCHINO HILLS, Calif. -- Australian Ben Bunny put the finishing touches on a wire-to-wire triumph Friday by taking medalist honors at the Canadian Tours second Winter Qualifying School.
 
Bunny posted a final-round even-par 72 to wind up with a four-day total of 6-under 282 at Los Serranos CC, a full seven strokes in front of Californias Dong Yi.
 
After an opening round 69 gave him a one-shot shot lead, Bunny never looked back, increasing the cushion to seven shots Wednesday and maintaining that edge over the final two days.
 
Bunny, Di and Americans Matt Hansen, Pomp Braswell and Chris Carnahan gained exempt status for the 2004 Canadian Tour season. Seven others, including Calgarys Travis Inlow and Gordy Scutt of Victoria, came in at 9-over 297 or better and will be non-exempt for this year. Scutt, who played on the Canadian Tour in 2003, carded a 68 Friday to finish at 6-over.
 
Last week, American Rob Labritz claimed medalist honors as the initial WQS of the season was staged in Florida. The starting field of 51 players at that venue represented Canada, the U.S., Trinidad, England, Mexico, Sweden, Japan, Argentina and Germany.
 
In April, the Tour will return to the Golden State for its first two official events on California soil. The Greater Sacramento Open and Central Valley Classic will be held in Rocklin and Stockton, respectively.
 
Next week, the Canadian Tour moves to Austin, Texas for the third and final WQS before kicking off the 2004 season with a pair of events at Barton Creek Resort later this month.
 
FINAL RESULTS
 
Earned exempt card:
 
1. Bunny, Ben Australia 69 68 73 72 282
2. Yi, Dong Alameda, CA 74 70 73 72 289
3. Hansen, Matt Atwater, CA 78 71 73 69 291
4. Braswell, Pomp Scottsdale, AZ 70 75 79 68 292
5. Carnahan, Chris Albany, OR 73 77 71 72 293
 
Earned non-exempt card:
 
6. Kawaguchi, Masaharu Japan 76 72 73 73 294
6. Scutt, Gordy Victoria, B.C. 74 77 75 68 294
8. Inlow, Travis Calgary, AB 75 72 78 70 295
8. Won, Ron Irvine, CA 79 71 72 73 295
10. Whiteley III, Charles Las Vegas, NV 75 73 78 70 296
11. Fonner, Matthew Saratoga, CA 74 75 75 73 297
11. Pope, John Tempe, AZ 73 77 76 71 297