High Point, N.C. – After four stellar years as one of the top players in the storied Stanford golf program, Andrew Yun has broken through on golf’s next level up the proverbial ladder, closing with a 3-under 69 at the eGolf Tour’s Willow Creek Open on Friday to post 14-under par, good for his first professional win and the event’s $15,000 first-place prize.
Yun’s week at scenic Willow Creek Country Club began with rounds of 67-66, which put the former Cardinal standout at 11-under heading into Friday’s third and final round – two shots clear of playing partner Ted Brown.
After a solid two-putt par at the par-4 first, Yun calmed any final-round nerves he may have had with a stellar chip-in birdie on the par-4 second after he short-sided himself on his approach shot.
“The chip-in on No. 2 was huge,” said Yun, 23. “It kind of jump-started everything, and after that it was easier to get into a flow.”
Yun’s flow was evident, as birdies on five and six pushed him further into the red at 14-under par for the week. A bogey on the par-4 ninth put him back to 13-under, but still two shots clear of the field with nine holes to go.
“I told myself to stick to the process and not worry about what everyone else was doing,” Yun said after his round. “Usually I look at the leaderboards, but today I tried not to. I just wanted to play to the best of my ability and let everything take care of itself.
“Right now it feels great. It hasn’t really sunk in yet, but I’m pretty sure it will tonight. It has been a while since I’ve won a tournament – any tournament – but to win one professionally means a lot.”
Yun was twice selected to the U.S. Palmer Cup team, and remained an amateur throughout the summer of 2013 with the hopes of earning a Ryder Cup nod last fall. When he failed to do so, he turned professional and headed off to Web.com Tour Q-School, where advancement to second stage left him without status for 2014.