15-year-old Shoots 60 to win the Las Vegas City Amateur
'It seemed like every putt I hit went in' - Andrew Jung
LAS VEGAS, NV (October 29, 2017) – For 15-year old Andrew Jung, or for any golfer for that matter, it was a dream round. Jung posted a second-round 12-under-par 60 to rally for a three-stroke victory in the 2017 Las Vegas City Amateur championship division at Las Vegas Golf Club. Eduardo Ramirez capitalized on impressive play on the par 3 holes to win by six strokes in the net division.
But the day and weekend belonged to Jung. His spectacular round of 60 included an eagle and 10 birdies. Jung, from San Diego, remained in town after playing in a Shriners Hospitals for Children Open pre-qualifier last week at Boulder Creek. In that event, Jung shot 2-under 70 to finish 21st. He didn’t advance but was the low amateur in a field of 87 pros and top amateurs.
As for his epic round at Las Vegas Golf Club, the teenager knew he needed to put in a low round on Sunday because he was tied for ninth entering the final day. His target score was 66 so he more than accomplished his goal and a hot putter was a big part of his success.
“It seemed like every putt I hit went in,” he said. “I made a couple of long putts and a few medium range putts. I just couldn’t have putted any better.”
He only missed one green in the final round and even that proved to be no problem.
“I chipped in for birdie on the par 3 (the 12th, his third hole of the round),” he said of his start in the final round which opened with four straight birdies.
He didn’t come to the first tee with high expectations, but soon into the round, that changed.
“There was no target score when I started the round,” he said. “I was just going to go out and try and do my best.”
He made the turn at 6-under-par and then proceeded to birdie three of the next four holes. After an eagle on the sixth hole, he started thinking about elusive numbers.
He needed to birdie the final three holes to hit the course record of 58. He did birdie the seventh to get to 12 under but ended his round with a pair of pars.
“I knew the course record was 58 (set by Monte Money),” he said. “I did think about it late in the round and I think I could have done a little better, but this was a very good round for me.”
Jung’s previous low round was a 9-under 63.
– By Bill Bowman, Las Vegas Golf Insider staff
ABOUT THE Las Vegas City Amateur
36-hole stroke play event with championship and
divisions limited to 110 players. Minimum age 15
although younger players can email playing resume for
must be an active member of the Southern Nevada
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