Youngest To Win U.S.
|Sihwan Kim of Fullerton, Calif., took the lead
on the sixth hole and led the rest of the way. (John Mummert/USGA)
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.
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
15-year-olds have now captured the U.S. Junior Amateur and all of them
have resided in California: Kim, Woods, Mike Brannan and Henry Liaw.
whose first name is loosely translated "bright start," surprised himself
with his success.
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.
|"I tried my best, and as long as I did that,
I am happy," said 14-year-old David Chung. (John Mummert/USGA)
won the first hole of the match with a birdie before Kim squared the
match with a winning par at the second. Kim won again with a par at
the sixth and he was ahead to stay.
was 2-up after winning the ninth hole. The two players traded wins at
the tenth and 12th holes, with Kim regaining a 2-up margin by holing
his 22-foot birdie putt.
cut the lead to 1-up by winning
the 14 th, but he couldn't get any closer. He kept the match alive by
sinking a 10-foot putt to halve the 17th hole, but missed a six-footer
for birdie on the 18th hole that would have squared the match.
was expecting David to make his putt and we would have a playoff," said
Kim, who weighs 200 pounds, nearly 100 pounds more than Chung, and stands
6-foot. "David 's putting was awesome this week.
heart was pounding really hard. I though I was going to have a heart
attack," said Kim in describing his emotions before sinking his last
had plenty of come-back wins during the week, but this one came up short.
He missed four putts from 10 feet or less in the final match.
think it was a relief just to get here," said Chung in grown-up fashion.
"I think I have a lot more confidence now. I tried my best and as long
as I did that, I'm happy."
winner receives an exemption into the 2004 U.S. Amateur in August at
Winged Foot (N.Y.) Golf Club plus an exemption from local qualifying
for the next three U.S. Opens.
Junior Amateur is one of 13 national championships conducted annually
by the United States Golf Association, 10 of which are strictly for
written by Craig Smith, director of media relations at the USGA. E-mail
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Francisco, - Result of Saturday's 18-hole championship match play at
2004 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, at the par 35-35--70, 6,790-yard
Olympic Club (Lakeside Course)
Kim, Fullerton, Calif. (149) def. David Chung, Fayetteville, N.C. (148),