Y.E. Yang spent two days playing The Institute, a hidden gem south of San Jose, Calif., owned by John Fry and his brothers of Fry’s Electronics. They plan to move the Frys.com Open, set for Oct. 22-25 in Scottsdale, Ariz., there when the time is right, and they have been inviting PGA Tour players over in recent years to take a look.
Yang was on his way to the course Sunday when he reached into his bag and realized he had only one ball. Staying at the Corde Valle Resort, he went to the pro shop and found that it didn’t have TaylorMade golf balls. Yang didn’t think it would be right, even in a private setting, to play something other than what he endorses.
Just his luck: The UCLA golf team was on the course.
Resort workers went to the team and asked if the Bruins could spare a few golf balls. They collected six – all with the UCLA logo – and Yang was set.
Consider him a Bruins fans now. And he certainly caught on to the school spirit. Also playing The Institute that day was Jamie Lovemark, who won an NCAA title playing for Southern Cal.
Yang tossed him one of the balls and smiled. Lovemark tossed it back.