2008 Results – Boys

Struggles are nothing new to Andrew Yun.

By ZACH VAN HART, ISLAND PACKET – He spent much of 2007 revamping his swing and much of Sunday slugging through a round that tested his fortitude. But a year¹s worth of struggles produced a weekend to remember, as Yun defeated Julian Suri on the second sudden-death playoff hole to win the Verizon Junior Heritage on a sunny Sunday at Harbour Town Golf Links.

Despite a 3-over-par 74 in the final round, Yun¹s first-round lead stood up for a monumental title. The same was true for girls winner Marta Silva Zamora, who fired a 4-over 75 but won anyway by two strokes. On a pristine day at famed Harbour Town, the leaders stumbled but never tumbled and showed mettle down the stretch.

For 16-year-old Yun, it was a breakthrough victory. The Chandler, Ariz., resident endured a self-described terrible ¹07, one that forced him to reconnect with his former coach in Seattle, where Yun moved from in 2006. Yun, playing in his third Junior Heritage, couldn¹t suppress a grin after Saturday¹s 4-under round or Sunday¹s gritty performance.

³To win any tournament is a big deal, especially one like the Verizon Junior Heritage,² he said. ³It came after such a bad slump. It¹s like I was reborn again.²

Yun made few mistakes but struggled putting. He finally broke through on the par-3 17th, sinking a 25-foot putt for birdie ‹ his only of the round. Yun gave the stroke back with a bogey on No. 18, setting the stage for his playoff against Suri.

Coincidentally, Yun and Suri also tied here last year, finishing in seventh place. This time, their gridlock forced them to return to the par-4 No. 1 for the tournament¹s first playoff since 2005. After both parred the hole, they moved to the 332-yard ninth. Both players ran into trouble immediately. Yun landed in the left rough, 100 yards from the pin, his path deterred by nearby trees.

But Suri had bigger issues, his ball laying inches from a tree trunk in brush right of the fairway and his path to the green completed obstructed. Later describing his lie as a bad break after his tee shot ricocheted off a tree, Suri needed two strokes to punch out to the fairway and carded a double bogey.

After a risky line-drive 5-iron put him in a back bunker, Yun eventually sank a 2-foot bogey putt to preserve the win.

Name R1 R2 Total
Andrew Yun(Sudden death) 68 74 142
Julian Suri 71 71 142
Zeyu He 72 71 143
Dong Su 71 72 143
Gregor Main 73 71 144
Daniel Meggs 71 73 144
Tommy Chung Hao Mou 72 72 144
Austin Cody 69 76 145
Lee Knox 71 74 145
Brinson Paolini 71 74 145
Cameron Peck 72 74 146
Mitchell Gray 70 76 146
James Kwon 72 75 147
Blayne Barber 75 72 147
Jacob Burger 74 74 148
Wesley Bryan 76 72 148
Minghao Wang 69 79 148
Brandon Dalinka 75 73 148
John Varol 74 76 150
James White 74 76 150
Patrick Winther 76 74 150
Michael Hebert 75 76 151
Kyle Kopsick 76 75 151
Chan Kim 77 75 152
Clark Palmer 72 80 152
Johnny Widmer 76 77 153
Brian Carter 73 80 153
Derek Chang 76 77 153
Michael Cromie 77 76 153
Davis Lee 74 79 153
Joaquin Lolas 77 76 153
Alex Frankel 74 80 154
Hojin Kang 80 74 154
Crawford Reeves 76 78 154
Rak Cho 78 77 155
David Sanders 76 79 155
Will Ovenden 78 77 155
Byeong-Hun An 75 81 156
Jack Fields 75 81 156
Robert Hoadley 81 76 157
Jay Vandeventer 80 77 157
Matthew Schovee 79 79 158
Jackson Beindorf 78 80 158
Bo Andrews 75 83 158
Luciano Garcia 74 85 159
Drew Page 84 77 161
Taylor Szyndlar 75 86 161
Mark McMillen 82 79 161

Published by

Paul Rouillard

Media Director for the Junior Heritage since 2002.