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Since 2006, Coach Steve Kanner has led the Huskies to many wonderful seasons. Under his guidance, Hamilton High School Golf Team was named by Arizona Republic as one of Arizona's best high school golf programs.  On this blog, Coach Kanner and invited guests will share their experience on and off the golf course.  

Below is a series of blog written by Andrew Yun (Hamilton HS Class of 2009) while traveling & competing on the PGA's Web.com Tour.

Wonderful Web.com Andrew Yun Adventures

Hello friends and family!

It's that time again for the monthly update, and this one being for the month of July. I hope this email finds everyone doing well!

In the last email, I left off at the Albertsons Boise Open. The course we played the tournament at is called Hillcrest Country Club, and it's a very short and flat golf course with the very classic look. Small greens that are mainly contoured from the back to front and all slightly elevated. Boise has some slight elevation - about 2,700 ft - and combine the warm weather equates to the ball going further. My caddie and I figured that the ball went about 5% further in the morning when there's a bit more humidity and 7% in the afternoon. The short course with little rough, and soft, smooth greens were a recipe for low scores.

Rounds of 69 and 68 left me missing the cut by one shot. Overall, I played really solid. A few wayward drives led to some bogeys, but ultimately it was the putter that let me down that week. The second round, I started off by hitting it OB, and then made birdie on my second ball to salvage a bogey. A few birdies and I was at 3 under for the day after the 12th hole. A drivable par 4 and an easily reachable par 5 were still to come. But after hitting my drive on the fringe on the drivable par 4, I did not get up and down. And after a perfect drive down the fairway on the par 5, I fanned a 4 iron to the right and did not get up and down for birdie. Those missed opportunities ultimately led to missing the cut, but it was a great experience because I am learning from those mistakes.

Sunset from the plane going from Boise to San Jose, CA.

Sunset from the plane going from Boise to San Jose, CA.

The next week we were close to San Francisco in Hayward for the Stonebrae Classic. This golf course was literally built on the side of a huge hill. You can see the San Francisco skyline from the golf course. This golf course tested your ability to control distances on both iron shots and putts because of its extremely undulating greens.

A view down the fairway of the 2nd hole from the tee box.

A view down the fairway of the 2nd hole from the tee box.

This picture shows a bit of the changes in elevation we experience just walking the course.

This picture shows a bit of the changes in elevation we experience just walking the course.

Rounds of 69-69-68-67 resulted in a tie for 18th. A solid tournament overall, which I would have to thank my parents for because they were cheering me on that week. I hit the ball well the first two days, but couldn't get the putts to drop. The difference on the third day was completely night and day. I couldn't keep my tee shots inside the state of California, but the putter was extremely hot. Twenty-two putts for the day. And yet I could only manage a two-under par 68. Golf is definitely a funny game. The last day was extremely solid from tee to green. I was four under par going into the last hole, a reachable par 5. A slightly wayward drive left me just in the fescue grass. It was a good enough lie to advance it down the fairway and set up a wedge shot for the 3rd shot. However, I could drop it because I was standing on the cart path and get a better lie, possibly giving me the chance to reach the green. I was greedy and decided to drop it. My drop rolled deep into the fescue grass and I managed to make bogey from there. An ugly finish to an otherwise solid performance. I learned not to be too greedy and take my medicine when needed. I also need to practice the art of the drop.

There was a week off before the next event in Salt Lake City, Utah. I decided to go home to Seattle to spend time with family and friends and take a couple lessons from my coach, Joe Thiel. While up there, I played at Gold Mountain Golf Course, site of the 2006 USGA Public Links, where I qualified for my first ever USGA event. There was a picture of the stroke play portion of the scores in the clubhouse. Some recognizable names next to mine: a FedEx Cup champion and PGA Championship major winner.

Next up was the Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank. This course was a new one on tour, and it's one of the longest courses we play on tour at 7,700 yards with a lot of forced carries. But being in Utah, the ball went a long way due to the elevation of about 4,400 ft. I was playing about 3% further in the morning and 7% in the afternoon. It had a few interesting holes, but overall a very solid course. The wind plays a definite factor, especially in the afternoon. The greens become further and much bumpier because of all the footprints. One must take advantage of playing in the morning when the greens are soft and smooth.

The 18th at Thanksgiving Point.

The 18th at Thanksgiving Point.

I ended up missing the cut by one shot shooting rounds of 72-72. I was thinking the cut was going to be at 2-under par, and I headed to the last at one under. Thinking I needed birdie, I split the fairway with a 7-wood. With only a sand wedge left, I missed the green to the right. My chip then ran past the hole about three and a half feet. Maybe I just lost my focus after missing the chip, but I ended up missing that short putt.

Next time, I'm not going to think about the cut and just play the game. Play till I finish, and whatever happens, happens. I was playing to make the cut, not to play my best. I'm sure my best would have been good enough. But again, lessons are learned through the mistakes and failures we make. That's only going to make me better and stronger.

Last week, we were in Kansas City for the Digital Ally Open. The golf course, Nicklaus Golf Club at Lionsgate, is a great Nicklaus design course. Generous fairways and soft greens makes for a lot of birdies. A first round 6-under par 65 was the start I needed. A change in putter grip to the conventional style - from crosshanded - seemed to work as I made a lot of 15 footers for birdies. Rounds of 69-69-69 to finish the tournament led to a T-43rd. Some mental mistakes from frustration led to very little momentum and a lot more pars than I would have liked.

It is a long season, but we only have three tournaments left in the regular season. Currently, I am 40th on the money list. Top 25 after the season are guaranteed their PGA Tour cards. This week I am in Springfield, Missouri for the Price Cutter Charity Championship. Next week we are in Knoxville, Tennessee for the News Sentinel Open. And the following week we finish the regular season in Portland for the WinCo Foods Portland Open at famed Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club.

Always learning, always growing, always believing. It is much easier said than done, but I want to make it a goal to try my best and have the best attitude possible as I finish the regular season. I can only control that much. If I do that, then I can live with the results.

This month's newsletter was a bit long. Thanks for reading and I hope everybody has a fantastic August!

Andrew Yun

Proverbs 3:5-6

Andrew Yun - Life on the Road in May

Hello friends and family!

I hope the third update of the monthly newsletter finds everyone doing well! Summer is here, and so I pray that everybody is having a good start to the season of summer sunshine and barbeque! 

I have attached the update for the month of April as a Word document to this email for those who didn't get to see it. 

The month of May was a busy month, as it springboards into a stretch of golf where starting at the end of the month, we play for three straight weeks, one week off, four straight weeks, one week off, then five straight weeks. 

We started off the month with the United Leasing Championship in Evansville, Indiana. That update was mentioned previously in the April update. After a week off, which was spent back at home in Phoenix, I made my way to Greenville, South Carolina for the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by Synnex Corporation. It was a unique format, where every professional teams up with an amateur. Therefore, there is a team leaderboard as well as the professional leaderboard. The first three days are played at three different courses throughout the Greenville area and then there is a cut, with the final round being played again at the host course, Thornblade Club. I was fortunate to have good company as I played with fellow professional Michael Hebert and his amateur partner Tim Sims. My partner was Terry O'Quinn who is an actor, most notably known for his prominent role as John Locke on the hit TV series Lost. We had a good time and although our team didn't make it to the final day, I played well enough to to sit in T-18th going into the last day.

My amateur partner Terry O'Quinn and I. 

I shot a two-under par 70 the first day at Green Valley. The wind was blowing a bit the first nine holes, which made it tough to get it close to the hole. But a good stretch in the middle of the round turned the ship around. A second round 68 at the host course Thornblade was highlighted by a birdie at the last. A funny little tidbit was that I was drug tested after the round. It took me about 15 mins and a bottle of water to produce a sample. There were some older guys who were there for a few hours before they could go so I considered myself lucky. The third round at Lake Keowee was my best round of the tournament, where I shot a 6-under par 66. I again got off to a slow start before making three birdies to finish the front nine that propelled a solid back nine. Maybe it was because I wasn't having as much fun the last day, but I shot an even par 72 to finish at T-34th. Maybe there also was some added pressure of playing on my birthday that last day. Overall, a very fun week in which I got to meet a lot of great people.

The 18th at Thornblade

 

We had a week off after that and I got to spend some time working on the game. I found a personal trainer in Scottsdale at Premier Fitness Systems with Brandon Harris. I want to do everything possible to perform to my highest abilities and after doing some research, I felt that this was the place where I could grow the most. I am excited to get my butt into shape, especially as the heavy stretch of tournament golf gets closer!

The next tournament was the Rex Hospital Open in Raleigh, North Carolina. The course. TPC Wakefield Plantation,  is a traditional layout with trees and heather lining the fairways and soft, but smooth greens. The birdies were there to be had, but fairways were a premium in order to attack the pins with the soft conditions. A solid first round two-under par 69 left me in a good position going into Friday. However, a second round six-over par 77 left me on the outside looking in. Nothing went well Friday, which was really strange. But I'm always finding ways to learn and grow and this was another one of those experiences. 

The second tournament was the Greater Dallas Open in Lewisville, Texas, just above Dallas. We were playing at the Lakes at Castle Hills. If you were following the weather, Dallas had major floods the weeks before. The golf course was literally under water just the previous week. Therefore, the conditions were super soft and the ball was being played lift, clean and place in the fairways. The greens were amazing though. The golf course is big and wide and combine that with soft conditions equals prime for good scoring. Rounds of 71-71 had me missing the cut. The cut was extremely low, coming in at 6 under par. Too many missed tee shots to the right cost me some shots. But more than that, I really believed that I learned the hard way of what letting go really entails. I know I have to make a commitment not after I make the shot, but before I even play the round to have fun and enjoy the walk on the golf course. It's so easy to be hard on yourself, but it's difficult to be your best friend when golf is your worst enemy. That is what a champion is made out of. I had the pleasure of playing with Patton Kizzire, the number one guy on the money list. I learned that a solid wedge game goes far, and I knew then that I have to tighten up my wedge game. 

This week we have the Cleveland Open in Cleveland, Ohio. Hopefully the weather is good and the golf is even better. Always learning, always growing, always believing. I may have had a rough stretch and it might get even rougher. But I am excited for this next opportunity and going to work hard to get better each and every day. Happy early Father's Day to all the fathers out there! God bless!

 

Andrew Yun

Proverbs 3:5-6

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Andrew Yun

Stanford University '13

Andrew Yun - April Update from the Web.com Tour

Hello friends and family!

Here is my second update of the the monthly newsletter. 

April was one of the slowest months for the Web.com Tour. We only had two events for the month, the first being in Leon, Mexico and the second in Evansville, Indiana. 

Leon was definitely an interesting place. On the drive to the hotel from the airport - about 45 minutes away - there was not much to see. But the clubhouse and the course was a another story. 

The golf course was big, being about 7,600 yards. Big bunkers were well placed around the landing area of your drives off the tee. The fairways were large, but if the ball found one of these bunkers, it would create quite the challenge to even reach the green. All of the greens are slightly raised, with large slopes that cuts the green into two or three smaller sections. There were a lot of collection areas and false fronts and with the greens being extremely soft, controlling the trajectory as well as spin was paramount. A good shot could easily end up in a deep bunker or even water hazard if the spin wasn't controlled. Another thing that was a huge factor was the altitude. I am not quite sure how many feet above sea level the golf course was, but the ball was going about 8% further than normal in the mornings and 10% in the afternoons. 

A good first round of 70 was followed by a sloppy 74 in the second round to make the cut on the number. I was the first to tee off in the morning on Saturday, about 15 minutes after sunrise. A solid round of 69 left me in the middle of the pack heading into Sunday. And Sunday, the putts started to drop. I did reach 8 under par before missing a short par putt on the 17th. But a round of 65 - the lowest of the day - gave me a backdoor T-8th finish. I hit the ball great all week just like I did in Bogota, another course with high altitude. 

A look off the 11th green at El Bosque GC

A look off the 11th green at El Bosque GC

The 18th hole at El Bosque, a risk reward par 5.

The 18th hole at El Bosque, a risk reward par 5.

There was a week off before the next event in Evansville, Indiana. I spent a few days up in Seattle to see family and spend time with my grandma. I was looking forward to Evansville and getting to play Victoria National again. It was the site of the 2008 AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions in which I finished 3rd, even after making a 10 on a hole! My caddie and I got to stay with a host, the Cheema family. They were some of the nicest hosts I've ever had and I just wanted to say thank you so much again!

The course is one of my favorites I've ever played. If you're not on top of every aspect of your game, you won't be able to score out here. The course has many native grass areas, hazards, deep bunkers, and good length. The closing 5 hole stretch is one of the hardest we'll ever play. It is definitely one of the toughest courses we will play all year. To back that up, the cut after two rounds came in at 4 over par. Unfortunately, rounds of 77-76 had me on the outside looking in. Four bad drives into the hazard or native grass cost me 6 shots. And a balky putter didn't help the cause. I only made 3 birdies for the two days, one coming outside of 4 ft. Although many professionals do not like hearing this, my scores weren't a testament to how I played. I felt like I played well and made a lot of good swings. However, I didn't have much momentum for the good shots that I hit. The breezy wind made me uncomfortable at times with my shot selection, which is an area that I will work hard on. But many positives to build upon from the week. It was a really fun week and my sister made it out for the tournament which is always a blast! On and forward to the next one!

The 14th hole at Victoria National.

The 14th hole at Victoria National.

The 18th hole at Victoria National.

The 18th hole at Victoria National.

The 16th hole at Victoria National. 

The 16th hole at Victoria National. 

The next tournament on the schedule is the BMW Charity Pro-Am in Greenville, SC from May 14-17. It's a pro-am format, so a professional teams up with an amateur for the week. We play three different courses in the area for the first three days before the cut. Then the players play the host course, Thornblade, again on Sunday. You can follow online at http://www.pgatour.com/webcom/tournaments/bmw-charity-pro-am-presented-by-synnex-corporation.html

I hope everybody has a great week and a happy Mother's Day to all of our beautiful and loving mothers!!

Wonderful Web.com Adventures with Andrew Yun

Friends and family, 

I hope everyone had a great Easter weekend and had fun with family and friends! 

This is the first of a monthly newsletter that I will be sending every first week of the month or so to update everyone on my progress. A former teammate of mine shared this idea with me and thought it would be a great way to let everybody know how things are going. It was a busy month in March, as I had four straight tournaments on the Web.comTour, with the first three being in South America and the last in Louisiana. 

The first week we played was in Cartagena, Colombia for the Cartagena de Indias at Karibana Championship presented by Prebuild. The course, TPC Cartagena, was the first TPC to open in South America. The front nine plays inland and is framed by trees, whereas the back nine is situated next to the Caribbean Sea and is much more exposed to wind. Scores of 78-68-74-77=297 were good enough for t-53rd. Although it was not the best week, I felt my scores did not justify my play. I have never experienced playing in such ferocious wind. Wind wreaked havoc throughout the week, causing multiple delays. Putts were breaking UP the slope as the wind prevailed over gravity quite a few times. A positive I can take is the fact that I played my last 11 holes of the second round in 6 under par, including birdies on my 16th and 17th hole, to make the cut on the number. I have learned a lot from playing in that wind and hope to use that experience for future British Opens...

The second week we were in Sao Paolo, Brazil for the Brasil Champions presented by HSBC. Sao Paolo looks like a busier, bigger version of New York with its abundance of high-rises and corporate buildings. The golf course is a beauty, with pink and orange and white flowered trees framing the fairways and greens. It was short in distance and soft because of the thunderstorms that frequent the summer afternoons that time of year. Therefore, guys were all taking dead aim at the pins in order to make as many birdies as they can. Scores of 71-67-74-71=283 were good enough for 68th. I struggled with my ballstriking all week, hitting a few in the water hazards and out of bounds. A positive I can take away is the fact that I birdied my last two holes of the second round to make the cut on the number once again, including a 30-footer at the last. 

The third week we were in Santiago, Chile for the Chile Classic. The city was extremely clean and westernized, really not much different than an American city. The course we played is the only public golf course in the whole country! Club de Golf Mapocho is a very large course with extremely wide fairways and expansive, rolling greens. The weather could not have been any better, with highs reaching the high 80s every day and only a slight breeze. Scores of 67-71-71-68=277 were good enough for T-56th. I really played well all week, but just struggled a bit reading the subtle slopes on the massive greens. One of the highlights of the trip was going to a local diner called Fuente Alemana and eating the El Lomito. A picture of the massive sandwich oozing with avocado, slow roasted pork loin, melted cheese, tomato, and massive amounts of mayonnaise is below. It was featured in one of the episodes on Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations show. 

The last stop of the month-long trip was back to good 'ole America in Lafayette, Louisiana for the Chitimacha Lousiana Open presented by NACHER. The city is known for its cajun cuisine and delicious eats, which I cannot disagree with. The course, Le Triomphe GC, is a classic course with small and quick, undulating greens and fairways guarded by well-positioned bunkers and water hazards. Scores of 70-74=144 had me missing the cut by a few shots. I played extremely well, probably the best I had played for the month of March. A negative attitude and a short fuse is all it takes to get sent home early. Sometimes, it takes making those mistakes in order to prevent yourself from making them again in the future. 

I learned a lot in the past month while traveling: what to do, what not to do, how to manage time, how to practice efficiently. It is a process and I am going to continue to focus on the process of getting better, each and every day.  I leave for the El Bosque Mexico Championship next Monday. Tournament starts on April 16 and goes till the 19th. 

Thanks for following and I hope everybody has a great week!! Remember, it is Masters week! 

Andrew Yun