City golfer reaches second stage at LPGA qualifying school
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.