YUN WINS FIRST AJGA MAJOR AT FOOTJOY BOYS INVITATIONAL
Yun sinks 15-foot birdie putt for victory
GREENSBORO, N.C. â€” Andrew Yun of Tacoma, Wash., won his first career American Junior Golf Association major tournament at the FootJoy Boys Invitational Friday after a bogey-free final-round 66 to finish at 11-under-par 277 for the tournament.
Conducted by the AJGA, the FootJoy Boys Invitational was a 72-hole tournament held at Forest Oaks Country Club. Twenty-five states, Australia, Canada, Japan, Slovenia and Taiwan were represented in the 99-player field. Included in the field were 32 Rolex Junior All-Americans. Forest Oaks Country Club, which played to 7,280 yards, is home to the PGA TOUR's Chrysler Classic of Greensboro.
Yun, 15, began the day in fourth place, three shots back of Drew Kittleson of Scottsdale, Ariz., and two shots behind Rolex Junior Player of the Year Peter Uihlein of Bradenton, Fla. Yun's only victory on the AJGA circuit was the 2005 AJGA Indiana's Chicago Junior Open. His best finish in a major event was a tie for 10th place at the 2006 Thunderbird International Junior in May.
Yun did not let the pressure faze him.
â€śI was just laughing the whole time,â€ť Yun said. â€śI was just having fun.â€ť
Yun played in the group ahead of Uihlein. He kept stride-for-stride with Uihlein, who birdied his first two holes to take a one-shot lead. Going into the 18th hole, Yun and Uihlein were tied at 10-under. Yun hit a perfect drive in the fairway leaving him 186 yards to the green.
â€śI hit an easy 4-iron into the wind,â€ť Yun said. â€śIt came in a little steep. It was an ugly shot that turned out nicely.â€ť
The shot turned out nicely enough to leave Yun with a 15-foot right-to-left bender.
â€śI was shaking over the putt,â€ť he said. â€śI had the line; I just needed the right speed.â€ť
Yun found the right speed as the putt caught the left lip of the cup and fell in for a dramatic birdie to give him a one-shot lead. Yun then had to wait for Uihlein to finish.
Uihlein had a chance to tie with a 20-foot birdie putt from a similar location of Yun's. Uihlein's putt rolled just left of the cup, officially making Yun the champion.
Uihlein ended the tournament in second place with a 69 to finish at 10-under-par 278. Tied for third place were Bud Cauley of Jacksonville, Fla., and Gregor Main of Danville, Calif., at 280. Main shot a tournament-low 64 which also included the shot of the tournament, a hole-in-one on No. 8.
In fifth place was Rickie Fowler of Murrieta, Calif., at 281. Tied for sixth place were Wes Roach of Knoxville, Tenn., and Drew Kittleson of Scottsdale, Ariz., at 283. Tied for eighth place were Mu Hu of Shen Zhen, China, and John Popeck of Washington, Pa., at 284, and tied for tenth place were Tommy Chung Hao Mou of Taipei, Taiwan, Philip Francis of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Thomas Buran of Scottsdale, Ariz., at 285.
The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. The AJGA, the largest Association of its kind, has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 30 foreign countries.
Titleist, the AJGA's National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association's success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, which is in its third decade of support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 160 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 300 wins. AJGA alumni include Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, Mike Weir, Charles Howell III, Jim Furyk, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr, Candie Kung and Paula Creamer.
For more information on the FootJoy Boys Invitational, call national headquarters at (877) 373-2542, or visit ajga.org.