Friday, August 7, 2009

Five Stanford golfers compete at the prestigious Western Amateur - Yun moves into match play

As reported below, Andrew Yun was the only Stanford golfer to advance to match play and he lost his first round match to Illinois senior Zach Barlow in dramatic fashion as reported on the Western Amateur website:

"In first-round match play, the most dramatic moment of the day came on the 18th hole of the match between Andrew Yun, an incoming freshman at Stanford, and Zach Barlow, a senior at Illinois.

With Barlow 1 up, Yun needed to win the 18th to extend the match. When his third shot on the par 5, 570-yard hole ended up over the green 40 feet from the flagstick, Barlow – whose third shot was almost the same distance from the hole but on the green – appeared ready to close the match with two putts.

Yun changed Barlow’s odds, though, holing his 40-foot chip shot for birdie.

Facing the prospect of extra holes, Barlow stepped up to his putt and stroked it in the center of the cup to match Yun’s birdie, halve the hole and move into the quarterfinals."

Reporting below summarizes the stroke play portion of the championship.

Andrew Yun, incoming freshman from Chandler, Arizona, moves in the "Sweet Sixteen" match play competition at the 107th Western Amateur played at Lake Forest, Illinois. Andrew finished tied for 6th, two shots behind the medalist with rounds of 67-74-70-71. "Symbolic of golf’s global nature and its regional strength, this year’s Sweet 16 consists of five international players representing four different nations; four players from three different Texas universities, and 11 players from nine different states, including four from the Midwest. The group also includes two left-handers."

For complete results and to follow the action as Andrew moves into match play go to

Four other Stanford golfers were competing in this elite field of amateurs including Sihwan Kim, David Chung, Steve Ziegler and Wilson Bowen. Sihwan finished tied for 36th with rounds of 69-70-78-78 to miss the cut by 8 strokes, while David Chung had rounds of 74-73-77-78.

Steve Ziegler missed the 36 hole cut as did Wilson Bowen.

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