Keeping Up With 1994 APL Winner Guy
March 1, 2005
Guy Yamamoto became the third Hawaiian to win the U.S. Amateur
Public Links title when he claimed top honors in 1994 at Eagle
Bend Golf Club in Big Fork, Mont. - and he beat some big kahunas
along the way.
In fact, three of his opponents went on to win on the PGA
Tour: Matt Gogel (third round), Notah Begay (semifinals) and
finalist Chris Riley, who Yamamoto needed 37 holes to knock off
for the championship.
His sterling play, however, was not enough to convince the
then-32-year-old Yamamoto that he should take a shot at the pro
"We'd been trying to start a family," Yamamoto
says of he and his wife Terri. "It just wasn't part of
the big picture."
So he remained an amateur, and went on to play in the next
nine consecutive Public Links before a wrist injury forced him to
sit out the 2004 event at Rush Creek Golf Club in Maple Grove,
Minn. He also has thrice qualified for the PGA Tour's Sony
Open in Hawaii, an event that has generated plenty of publicity
recently due to Hawaii's rising female talent Michelle
Today Yamamoto is the general manager at New Ewa Beach Golf
Club in Oahu. He lives in Waipaha, just outside Honolulu, with
his wife and their two young sons, and plays little competitive
golf so that he can make time for his kids.
"That's time well spent," he says.
Story written by Alan Bastable of Golf Magazine