Hometown: Pyeongchang, South Korea
High School: Torrey Pines HS (Calif.)
2014 U.S. AMATEUR CHAMPION
2015-16 SEASON (AS A SOPHOMORE)
Saw his first extensive action as a collegian, cracking the starting lineup in 11 of 13 tournaments … Averaged 73.24 strokes in 33 rounds … Logged three top-10 placements.
Spring: Started in seven of nine events, recording a 73.95 scoring average … Carded a dramatic double-eagle on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff following the final round of the NCAA Albuquerque Regional (May 16-18) … Finished the regional alone in 10th place with a 7-over 223 in regulation, highlighted by a huge birdie on the 18th green during the final round … Contributed to SDSU’s team title at the Barona Collegiate Cup, landing in a fifth-place tie at 4-under 212, highlighted by a career-best 68 in the opening round (March 21-22) … Had two rounds count towards the Aztecs’ team score in three events, helping the Scarlet and Black to third-place finishes at The Prestige at PGA West (Feb. 15-17), the Lamkin San Diego Classic (March 14-15) and the ASU Thunderbird Invitational (April 2-3) … Also competed at the historic Western Intercollegiate (April 11-13) and the NCAA Championships, where he shot a 20-over 230 on rounds of 75-81-74 (May 27-30).
Fall: Received the starting nod in all four tournaments, recording a 72.00 stroke average in 12 rounds … Was SDSU’s No. 1 finisher at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate, tying for sixth place with a 3-under 213 (Sept. 25-26) and the Gifford Collegiate, where he shared the eighth position with teammate Riccardo Michelini at 1-over 214 (Nov. 2-4) … Aided in the Aztecs’ winning effort at the season-opening Saint Mary’s Invitational with a 6-over 219 to tie for 23rd individually (Sept. 14-16) … Shot a 5-over 218 at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational, bookended by a pair of 71s in the first and third rounds (Oct. 12-13).
Competed in several events on the PGA Tour as an amateur, highlighted by appearances in the Masters, U.S. Open and British Open … Tied for 65th at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, where he fired a 2-over 282 on rounds of 67-70-71-74 … Also participated in the Farmers Insurance Open, Arnold Palmer Invitational, RBC Heritage and Memorial Tournament … Was the highest finishing amateur at the Mazda NSW Open in Australia, where he took fourth overall at 12-under 276, highlighted by a 66 in the third round.
Summer 2014: Captured the U.S. Amateur Championship after winning six straight matches, including four against top-100 opponents in the World Amateur Golf Rankings … Became SDSU’s second U.S. Amateur champion since Gene Littler in 1953 … Advanced to the match-play phase of the tournament after finishing in a tie for 21st with a combined 2-under 141 in medal competiton … Won his sectional qualifier with a collective 4-under 140 at Hacienda Country Club in La Habra, Calif.
2013-14 SEASON (AS A REDSHIRT FRESHMAN)
Appeared in two tournaments after sitting out as a redshirt during the 2013 spring and fall semesters … Finished with a 74.33 stroke average over six rounds.
Spring: Competed as an unattached golfer at the Aztecs’ home tournament, the Lamkin Grips San Diego Classic, where he tied for eighth out of 83 competitors with a combined 1-under 215 … Shot a collegiate-best 70 in the opening round … Made his second start for SDSU in The Goodwin at Stanford, where he tied for 87th with a 231.
Fall: Did not compete.
2012-13 SEASON (AS A FRESHMAN)
Posted a 75.00 stroke average in two tournaments during the fall schedule.
Spring: Did not compete.
Fall: Made his first collegiate appearance in the individual tournament at the Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational where he tied for 17th with a combined 8-over 221, which featured a season-best 69 during the final round (Sept. 17-18) … Earned a starting assignment the following week at the PING/Golfweek Preview, finishing in the 72nd position at 19-over 229.
Graduated from Torrey Pines High School in San Diego … Majoring in social science at SDSU.
YANG’S SDSU SCORECARD
The Prestige: 79-71-73—223 (T-53rd)
Lamkin SD Classic: 75-73-76—224 (T-28th)
Barona Collegiate Cup: 68-70-74—212 (T-5th)
ASU Thunderbird: 73-71-71—215 (T-24th)
Western Intercollegiate: 72-74-80—226 (T-67th)
NCAA Albuquerque Regional: 73-75-75—223 (10th)
NCAA Championships: 75-81-74—230 (MC)
Saint Mary’s Invite: 71-70-78—219 (T-23rd)
William H. Tucker: 71-73-69—213 (T-6th)
Alister MacKenzie: 71-76-71—218 (T-61st)
Gifford Collegiate: 72-71-71—214 (T-8th)
The Goodwin: 75-81-77—231 (87th)
Lamkin Grips SD Classic^: 70-74-71—215 (T-8th)
PING Golfweek Preview: 75-74-80—229 (72nd)
Husky Invite#: 77-75-69—221 (T-17th)
^ – Competed as an individual