GENERAL: First-team AJGA Rolex All-American … one of the top junior players in the country who has played at the highest levels of junior golf heading into his Cal career … expected to be one of the incoming players that has a shot at breaking into the top lineup on a consistent basis early in his career … all of the components of his game are there without any major weaknesses … hits it long … a good putter … part of how successful he is early in his career at Cal will depend upon how quickly he can make the transition to college.
2012-13 (AS A FRESHMAN): Named the team’s Freshman of the Year and also picked up a team first-year ‘Big C’ Award … has played in five of the team’s first seven events in the spring after having not played in the fall, compiling a 73.19 stroke average over 16 rounds … top finish came when he tied for seventh at Western Intercollegiate (71-72-67 – 210, E), capping off his performance with a three-under par 67 that is the lowest of his collegiate career in the final round … tied for 32nd at Pac-12 Championship (74-73-75-73 – 295, +15) … tied for 33rd at John A. Burns Intercollegiate (78-74-75 – 227, +11) … tied for 35th at Fresno State Lexus Classic (72-73-74 – 219, +3) … tied for 46th at ASU Thunderbird Invitational (72-76-72 – 220, +7) … ranked No. 17 nationally according to Golfweek for those players without enough rounds to qualify for the regular rankings.
2012 – AJGA Rolex first-team All-American … member of the victorious East team at Wyndham Cup with a 2-2 individual match record … won TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior at Innisbrook (72-71-71 – 214) … seventh at AJGA-HP Boys Championship (73-73-71 – 217).
2011 – AJGA Rolex second-team All-American … reached as high as ninth in AJGA Polo Junior Golf rankings … member of the victorious East team at Wyndham Cup as he was undefeated in his matches with a 2-0-2 record … won two major junior events at Scott Robertson Memorial (73-66-68 – 207) and Golfweek Invitational (68-67 – 135), earning Golfweek Player of the Week honors after his performance in the latter … fourth at Sea Pines Junior Heritage (69-75 – 144) … eighth at AJGA Puerto Rico Open (69-75-77 – 221) … played as an amateur and Monday qualifier in the Nationwide Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open and missed the cut by a single stroke after shooting a 69.
OTHER – 2007-08 and 2008-09 Future Collegiate World Tour Player of the Year.
IMG ACADEMY: A 2012 graduate of IMG Academy … Most Valuable Player of his academy for each of his final two seasons in 2010-11 and 2011-12.
OTHER: Full name is James Yoon … undeclared major but intending to major in interdisciplinary studies … parents are Suk Young Yoon and Hae Won Park … born August 12, 1993, in Seoul, South Korea … lived in Asuncion, Paraguay for 14 years.
GETTING TO KNOW JAMES
The most interesting thing about me is ... I am trilingual in English, Spanish and Korean
I would describe myself as a person as ... laid-back
My favorite story about another person is ... how Tom Brady got overlooked in the NFL Draft and ended up being the best quarterback of all time
What people don’t know about me is ... I care more than what others think
My greatest athletic moment is ... making a putt on the 17th hole and winning that match at the Wyndham Cup
The biggest thrill of my life to date is ... being able to come to the United States to pursue golf
The reasons I chose Cal are ... the weather, academics and coaches
Since coming to Cal I have learned ... life is harder than what I thought
What sets Cal golf apart from other collegiate golf programs is ... chemistry
My favorite golf movie is ... The Greatest Game Ever Played
My ultimate SportsCenter highlight would be ... giving my parents a hug after winning any major
I would like to be remembered at Cal for ... being a good teammate
The best advice I've ever received is ... never give up
My best advice to youngsters would be ... you can never be too good at something
For me to improve as player I need to ... work harder
The thing I love most about sports is ... the competition
My parents were right when they told me ... to stay humble