PULLMAN, Wash. – Following his first career title as a Coug, Washington State fifth-year senior golfer Pono Yanagi has been named the Pac-12 Male Golfer of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday.
Yanagi shared medalist honors last week after finishing 17-under-par, 199, at the 2023 Golfweek Fall Challenge, Sept. 10-12. WSU’s senior leader fired rounds of 66-66-67 on the par 72, 7,005-yard True Blue Golf Course. His three-round card included 20 total birdies, tied with teammate Sam Renner for most in the 80-player field.
The win marked Yanagi’s first tournament victory at WSU and the first by a Cougar individual since the 2021 season. Yanagi’s 17-under was the lowest score to par in WSU Men’s Golf history while his three-round score of 199 tied for the second-lowest three-round score in program history.
Yanagi becomes the first Cougar to win Pac-12 Golfer of the Week honors, which prior to last season was handed out monthly, not weekly. The last Cougar to win Golfer of the Month honors was current Cougar assistant coach Kevin Tucker, who won October Golfer of the Month honors during the 2008-09 season.