Sihwan Kim Becomes Second Youngest To Win U.S. Junior Amateur Title

Sihwan Kim's 1-up win means his name will be engraved on this trophy with the likes of Tiger Woods, David Duval and Johnny Miller. (John Mummert/USGA)

San Francisco, - Korean-born Sihwan Kim, 15, of Fullerton, Calif., took the lead for good with a winning par on the sixth hole and defeated 14-year-old David Chung of Fayetteville, N.C., 1-up, in the U.S. Junior Amateur final match Saturday at The Olympic Club, becoming the second youngest to win the championship title.

 

Kim, who moved from Seoul to the U.S. in 2000, is 22 days older than Tiger Woods was when he won the 1991 Junior Amateur at 15 years and seven months. Woods also won the 1992 and 1993 Junior titles. Chung, at 14 years and six months, would have become the youngest Junior Amateur champion.

 

Kim, whose first name is loosely translated "bright start," surprised himself with his success.

 

"I can't believe I won this tournament," said Kim, after making a come-back five-footer for par on the last hole to close out his match. More..

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San Francisco - If one looks back at the USGA championships previously held on Olympic Club's famed Lake Course, one thing stands out: the individual holding the trophy at the end of the week wasn't the golfer everyone had picked. Remember Jack Fleck ? He shocked the golfing establishment by denying Ben Hogan a record fifth U.S. Open title in an 18-hole playoff in 1955. Then there was Arnold Palmer in 1966, who all but locked up his second Open championship when a hard-charging Billy Casper caught him and won the ensuing playoff.

 

Then there was Scott Simpson, a steady but not dynamic player in 1987, edging out the former Stanford standout, Tom Watson . And 11 years later, the late Payne Stewart was caught by Lee Janzen , hardly a no-name but certainly not the pre-championship favorite, on the back nine.

 

Even when the U.S. Amateur was waged here in 1981, Nathaniel Crosby , who was known more for being Bing Crosby 's son than for his shot-making, walked off with the trophy. So when the best juniors assembled this week at the historic venue for the 57th U.S. Junior Amateur, the name Sihwan Kim was hardly on anybody's radar screen. Neither was David Chung, a pint-sized 14-year-old who became well-known for his trademark bucket hat and uncanny ability to hole putts from virtually everywhere on these tricky Poa annua greens.More..


The Young And Pressure-Less

Junior Amateur Final Features Two Icy-Cool Customers

San Francisco - Ah, the innocence of youth. Sometimes it's just better to be incredulous and maybe a bit naïve. The thought of feeling pressure or anxiety doesn't manifest itself quite as quickly. Things like the yips and shakes haven't become part of their vernacular. Take the two individuals who will compete in Saturday's 18-hole championship match at the 57th U.S. Junior Amateur at The Olympic Club, Sihwan Kim and David Chung. These two youngsters aren't even old enough to possess a driver's license yet they are about to play for the biggest prize in junior golf. But you would hardly know it by their expressions. To them, the rolling hills, plush fairways and challenging holes of the 6,790-yard Lake Course is almost like a Sunday stroll. More..

 





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