Date: August 18, 2014
Author: USGA

US Amateur champ’s Australian ties

Newly crowned U.S Amateur champion Gunn Yang has strong ties to Australia after spending five years playing on Melbourne’s pennant circuit.

Korean Yang, playing in his first U.S. Amateur, defeated Canadian Corey Conners 2&1 in the 36 hole final on Sunday.

The former Kingswood Pennant player also won the Riversdale Golf Club championship during his time in Melbourne.

“I want to win the tournament,” said Gunn going into the final.

Yang, who grew up in Korea and played competitive amateur golf in Australia for five years, is a sophomore at San Diego State University. He built a 2-up lead through four holes but Wedel, who defeated four-time USGA champion Nathan Smith in the quarterfinals, won three of the next four holes for a 1-up lead.

The 20 year-old had disc surgery in his back in May 2013. “Obviously I want to put my name on the trophy with all the best players around the world. Yeah, that's my goal.”

The 2014 U.S. Amateur Championship consists of 36 holes of stroke play, followed by six rounds of match play, with the championship scheduled to conclude with a 36-hole final

Nick Flanagan is the most recent Australian to win the title, in 2003.