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James Yoon
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 180
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Bradenton, FL
High School: IMG Academy
Experience: 1 Letter

Yoon made a significant impact on the Golden Bears as a true freshman in 2012-13 when he played in five events (all in the spring) including the Pac-12 Championship and has also played in five events in the spring of 2014 after not playing either season in the fall. Yoon had a top finish of tied for seventh at the 2013 Western Intercollegiate to conclude the regular season.

International/Professional Events
► Latest Rankings –
No. 436 Scratch Players, No. 728 R&A
► Played as an amateur and Monday qualifier in the 2011 Nationwide Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open and missed the cut by a single stroke after shooting a round of 69

Coach Comments/Notes
► Talented player who is looking to take his game to a higher level and has broken into the lineup during each spring season in the first two campaigns of his collegiate career
► All of the components of his game are there without any major weaknesses
► Long hitter who works the ball beautifully and is also 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
► Has won several high-profile amateur events

Cal Career

► Stats – 10 stroke-play events, 32 rounds, 2360 strokes, 73.75 stroke average
► Top Finish – T7th (Western Intercollegiate, Spring 2013)
► Top-10 Finishes – 1 (Western Intercollegiate, Spring 2013)
► Low 54-Hole Score – 210, E (Western Intercollegiate, Spring 2013)
► Low 72-Hole Score – 295, +15 (Pac-12 Championship, Spring 2013)
► Low Round – 67 (Western Intercollegiate, Spring 2013)
► Pac-12 Championship – 2 (T32nd, 2013; T54th, 2014)
► Cal’s Freshman of the Year (2012-13)

2013-14 (Sophomore)
► Stats – 5 stroke-play events, 16 rounds, 1189 strokes, 74.31 stroke average
► Current Rankings – *No. 15 Golfweek
*Rankings for a secondary list of golfers without enough rounds to qualify for regular rankings
► Top Finish – T17th, twice (Arizona Intercollegiate, National Invitational Tournament
► Golfweek Rating – 72.08
► Golfweek Records – vs. Top 25 (5-21-0), vs. Top 50 (11-34-0), vs. Top 100 (24-58-1), vs. Overall (232-142-17)
► Has played in five of seven spring events after having not played in the fall for the second consecutive season

T17. Arizona Intercollegiate (73-71-75 – 219, +6) ... 1/27-28/2014
T17. National Invitational Tournament (70-71-73 – 214, +2) ... 3/14-16/2014
T18. Western Intercollegiate (70-70-72 – 212, +2) ... 4/12-13/2014
T41. Aggie Invitational (78-79-79 – 235, +19 ... 4/5-6/2014
T54. Pac-12 Championship (76-75-82-76 – 309, +21) ... 4/25-27/2014


2012-13 (Freshman)
► Stats – 5 stroke-play events, 16 rounds, 1171 strokes, 73.19 stroke-play average
► Final Rankings – *No. 13 Golfweek
*Rankings for a secondary list of golfers without enough rounds to qualify for regular rankings
► Top-10 Finishes – 1
► Golfweek Rating – 72.54
► Golfweek Records – vs. Top 25 (5-31-0), vs. Top 50 (9-39-1), vs. Top 100 (15-55-2), vs. Overall (264-148-16)
► Awarded Cal’s Freshman of the Year
► Competed in five spring events after not playing in the fall

T7. Western Intercollegiate (71-72-67 – 210, E)
T32. Pac-12 Championship (74-73-75-73 – 295, +15)
T33. John A. Burns Intercollegiate (78-74-75 – 227, +11)
T35. Fresno State Lexus Classic (72-73-74 – 219, +3)
T46. ASU Thunderbird Invitational (72-76-72 – 220, +7)

Amateur

2013

46. Dogwood Invitational (69-68-76-80 – 293)
60. Porter Cup (70-72-73-74 – 289)


2012
► AJGA Rolex First-Team All-American
► Member of victorious East team at Wyndham Cup for second straight year, posting a 2-2 individual match record

1. TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior at Innisbrook (72-71-71 – 214)
7. AJGA HP Boys Championship at Carlton Woods (73-73-71 – 217)
17. AJGA Puerto Rico Open (73-76-73 – 222)
25. Terra Cotta Invitational (73-72-77 – 222)


2011
► AJGA Rolex Second-Team All-American
► Reached as high as ninth in AJGA Polo Golf Rankings
► Member of victorious East team at Wyndham Cup, posting a 2-0-2 individual match record

1. Golfweek Invitational (68-67 – 135) ... earned Golfweek Player of the Week for his performance
1. Scott Robertson Memorial (73-66-68 – 207)
1. TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior at Innisbrook (72-71-71 – 214)
4. Sea Pines Junior Heritage (69-75 – 144)
8. AJGA Puerto Rico Open (69-75-77 – 221)
11. AJGA HP Boys Championship (73-78-72 – 223)
23. AJGA TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior (75-75-73 – 223)
26. AJGA The PING Invitational (79-77-78 – 234)
34. FootJoy Invitational (73-76-73-65 – 287)
37. Polo Golf Junior Classic (73-76 – 149)
47. Terra Cotta Invitational (73-72-77 – 222)


2010

2. AJGA Nemacolin Junior Classic (71-74-74 – 219)
9. AJGA Natural Resource Partners Bluegrass Junior (68-74-69 – 211)
10. AJGA Junior at Steelwood (70-72-75 – 217)
39. AJGA Under Armour/Hunter Mahan Championship (77-78-77 – 232)


2009

2. AJGA Junior All-Star at Mission Inn (78-76-69 – 223)
11. AJGA Burgett H. Mooney Jr. Rome Classic (73-70-70 – 213)
11. AJGA Heritage Junior Championship (70-73-75 – 218)
11. AJGA Chateau Elan Junior All-Star (77-73-71 – 221)
11. AJGA Montverde Academy Junior All-Star Invitational (75-74-75 – 224)
20. AJGA Charles Howell III Junior Championship (73-72-75 – 220)


2008-09
► Future Collegiate World Tour Player of the Year for the second consecutive season

2007-08
► Future Collegiate World Tour Player of the Year

2008-12 (IMG Academy)
► Most Valuable Player of his academy for each of his final two seasons as a junior and senior in 2010-11 and 2011-12
Other
► Full name is James Yoon
► Born August 12, 1993, in Seoul, South Korea
► Undeclared major
► Parents are Suk Young Yoon and Hae Won Park
► Lived in Asuncion, Paraguay for 14 years
► Younger sister is Tiffany Yoon

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 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

LAST UPDATED: May 2, 2014

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