City golfer reaches se­cond stage at LPGA qual­i­fy­ing school

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - SPORTS - DARREN ZARY dzary@postmedia.com Twit­ter.com/@DZfromtheSP

Saska­toon’s Anna Young is one step closer to mak­ing her golf­ing dream a re­al­ity.

Young — a 2017 Symetra Tour player and for­mer Univer­sity of Florida Ga­tor — has made it through Stage I of the LPGA Tour’s Qual­i­fy­ing School over the week­end at the Mis­sion Hills Golf Club in Ran­cho Mi­rage just out­side of Palm Springs.

She now ad­vances to Stage II Oct. 16-22 at Plan­ta­tion Golf and Coun­try Club in Venice, Fla., where the top 90 golfers, and ties, af­ter 72 holes ad­vance to the fi­nal stage of LPGA Qual­i­fy­ing School Nov. 27-Dec. 3 at LPGA In­ter­na­tional in Day­tona Beach, Fla.

The top 20 fin­ish­ers there earn LPGA Tour mem­ber­ship for 2018.

Young fin­ished T-70 in Stage I with rounds of 70-73-75-72.

She is al­ready guar­an­teed Symetra Tour mem­ber­ship sta­tus for 2018.

Stage I fea­tured a record field size of 362 play­ers try­ing to ad­vance to Stage II.

ROBIN­SON TEAM WINS MIXED CHAM­PI­ONSHIP

Kate and Aaron Robin­son of Saska­toon are the 2017 Saskatchewan mixed golf team cham­pi­ons.

The Robin­son pair shot backto-back rounds of even-par 71 to cap­ture the 19th provin­cial mixed cham­pi­onship, played this year at Cooke Mu­nic­i­pal Golf Course in Prince Al­bert.

They found them­selves two strokes be­hind de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Kathy Ziglo and Ian Larocque, also of Saska­toon, af­ter one round, but Ziglo/ Larocque shot a 74 in the se­cond round to slip to se­cond over­all.

An­drea and Martin Ring of the host Prince Al­bert course claimed bronze with a two-day to­tal of 144 (73-71).

MAPLE LEAF JU­NIOR GOLF TOUR

Ja­cob Kydd of Regina fired backto-back rounds of 72 to win the MJT ju­nior boys’ Hosel­ton tro­phy in the MJT-Golf Saskatchewan Or­der of Merit cham­pi­onship Sun­day at the Leg­ends in War­man.

Kydd edged out Saska­toon’s Steven Duch­scher, who had rounds of 75 and 70.

A play­off was needed in the MJT ju­ve­nile boys as both Jay­den Du­das, 15, of Este­van (75-72) and Josh Nagy, 16, of Saska­toon (73-74) were tied for the lead with a two-day to­tal of 147.

Af­ter both play­ers birdied the first play­off holes, Du­das chipped in for a se­cond straight bird to win the ju­ve­nile boys ti­tle.

T.J. Baker, 14, of Waske­siu, won the MJT ban­tam boys ti­tle af­ter shoot­ing 75-74—149 to beat run­ner-up Drew Fen­wick of Este­van by six strokes.

Kin­der­s­ley’s Cort Tu­nall, 13, placed third (77-79—156).

The MJT pee wee boys’ ti­tle went to 12-year-old Brett Leonard of Cor­man Park af­ter he carded rounds of 82 and

81 to win by three strokes over Kin­der­s­ley’s Keaton Cote.

He also won the long­est drive con­test.

Regina’s Alexan­dra Schmidt, 17, won the MJT girls’ 15-18 di­vi­sion with a 74-85.

Ella Kozak, 11, of Yorkton shot scores of 82-86 to win the un­der-15 ti­tle.

Run­ner-up was Sarah Grieve, 14, of Saska­toon.

Brook­lin Fry, 12, of Shell Lake placed third.

In the MJT col­le­giate men’s di­vi­sion, Ju­lian Gilewicz, 19, of Saska­toon, shot 81-77 (158) for a four-stroke vic­tory over Jor­dan Unger, 19, also of Saska­toon (8280—162). Lo­gan Craw­ford, 21, of Red Deer placed third.

DUNES ALUMNI EARN PGA TOUR CARDS

Mul­ti­ple golfers who played in the Dakota Dunes event on ei­ther the Macken­zie Tour or PGA Tour Canada or Cana­dian Tour are on their way to the show.

They in­clude Sam Ry­der ($314,306); Talor Gooch ($271,316); Ben Silverman ($256,906); Con­rad Shindler ($203,483); and Bran­don Harkins ($172,162)

The top 75 play­ers on the Web.com money list also qual­ify for the Web.com Tour Fi­nals along with play­ers who fin­ished 126-200 on the PGA Tour’s FedExCup points stand­ings.

In that mix are past Dakota par­tic­i­pants, in­clud­ing Eng­land’s David Skinns. With a sec­ond­place fin­ish last week, he moved up to No. 58 from 115th in the stand­ings with $85,449.

Oth­ers in­clude past Dakota Dunes Casino Open cham­pion Matt Har­mon (No. 48), Roger Sloan (No. 53), Rob Op­pen­heim (No. 27), Corey Con­ners (No. 49), Rafael Cam­pos (No. 57) and Vince Covello (No. 69).

Just miss­ing out, at No. 77, was Brady Sch­nell, who made mul­ti­ple ap­pear­ances at Dakota Dunes over the years.

DE­LAET TEE­ING IT UP WITH BUBBA

The PGA Tour’s 2017 FedExCup play­offs head to TPC Bos­ton in Nor­ton, Mass., for the

Dell Tech­nolo­gies Cham­pi­onship.

The tour­na­ment runs Fri­day, Sat­ur­day, Sun­day and Mon­day.

Saskatchewan’s Gra­ham De­Laet will be in the first group off the tee Fri­day while grouped with Bubba Wat­son and Adam Scott.

Adam Had­win (in a group with Webb Simp­son, Kevin Chap­pell) and Macken­zie Hughes (Tony Finau and Francesco Moli­nari) are the other Canucks still left in the play­offs.

TPC Bos­ton now tips at 7,342 yards, its long­est since a re­design prior to the ad­vent of the play­offs back in 2007.

Among the favourites this week are Rickie Fowler, Dustin John­son, Paul Casey, Ja­son Day, Chap­pell, Pa­trick Reed, Rory McIl­roy, Jor­dan Spi­eth, Louis Oosthuizen, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Charley Hoff­man and Scott.

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