Ashley Yun cruises to SCGA Women's Amateur title
Ashley Yun (SCGA photo)
Ashley Yun (SCGA photo)

Ashley Yun left San Diego Country on Monday afternoon with a rather pedestrian 75 on her scorecard. Two days and 36 holes later, she’s the 2022 SCGA Women’s Amateur Champion.

An absolutely electric final round 67 gave Yun the outright tournament lead at 2-under going into her final 18 holes and then she steered the ship home with a steady 71 on Wednesday for a four-stroke victory.

Yun showed zero nerves the entire closing round. She bombed a drive down the middle on No. 1, hitting her first of 10 fairways. One hole later she picked apart a par 5 and carded a birdie to extend her lead to two shots. No one would get closer to her the rest of the day.

Yun’s nearest pursuers were walking with her in the final group. Aloysa Atienza and Shannon Tan started the final round just one shot off the lead. But unfortunately for them, Yun didn't come back to the pack.

Yun, who has verbally committed to play college golf at Yale in the fall of 2023, played her first six holes at -2 and didn’t miss a single fairway before finally hiccuping on No. 7 with a three-putt bogey. Neither Atienza nor Tan could capitalize as they made bogey and double bogey, respectively.

Yun hit 10 of 14 fairways, 11 of 18 greens, and only needed 31 putts to get around San Diego Country Club -- a truly amazing feat considering the size, undulations, and speed of the putting surfaces at Chula Vista’s historic gem.

If there was ever hope for the field it surely was extinguished on the back nine when Yun recorded back-to-back birdies on 14 and 15. At the time, she made her way to 16 up five with just three to play; a formality if there ever was one.

Yun capped off her championship trek by two-putting for par from 45 feet above the hole in front of a sizable galley. The moment highlighted a victory spurred on by relentless consistency and an innate ability to block out pressure.

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The SCGA Women's Amateur Championship is open to female amateur golfers with a USGA Handicap Index of 9.4 and below at the time of registration. Competitors undergo 18 holes of stroke play qualifying play to reach the final field of 72 players. In the Championship, players compete over 54 holes of stroke play with the top 42 plus ties advancing after 36 holes to the final round.

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