Monday, May 03, 2010

Loretto's 14-year-old Julie Yang won Intercollegiate title
in England BEFORE her weekend triumph in Wales

A few days before Loretto's Julie Yang, only 14 years of age, won the Welsh women's open amateur stroke-play championship after a play-off at Southerndown Golf Club, she had won
a big college golf title in England.
Here's what the Loretto website reported:

Loretto's Julie Yang destroyed a high-class field to take the Intercollegiate National Individual title at Longcliffe G.C. near Loughborough on Wednesday. The school was represented by six players at the event (Julie, Maximilian Walz, Marvin Aurnhammer, George Munsey, Lewis Gregory and Lesley Atkins). They all qualified via the regional order of merit in the Intercollegiate Championships over the past academic year.
The field assembled was the highest quality of the year with no fewer than 40 plus rated handicaps and in excess of 20 international level players in the starting 80.
After the morning 18 holes, Julie was four shots of the pace with a one-over-par round of 73. Her steady form continued through the opening holes of the afternoon round before a birdie blitz around the turn took her into contention.
Throughout the afternoon round, Julie was in complete control of her game. At times it looked as though she had the ball attached to a string! She continually had the ball in the correct portion of the fairway and was putting for birdie on almost every green.
Her score of 68 could quite easily have been 62 or 63 with a little more luck on the greens. Over the closing few holes, her nerves did not show and she finished with a flourish. After another supremely placed tee shot, she had around 70 yards to the flag. An excellent pitch shot spun back to little more than a few inches and provided the watching gallery with something to cheer! The tap-in birdie ensured a three-shot winning margin. Julie was the only player in the field to finish under par on the day.
Maximilian Walz and Marvin Aurnhammer both finished in the top 15 overall which was another excellent achievement to add to their CV's.
Further details of the finals can be found at: