Ans pursuing yet another trophy
Saturday, August 29, 2009
TULSA, Okla. – Byeong-Hun An hasn’t won a tournament in more than three years. Now he’s just 36 holes from the biggest prize in amateur golf.
An counts the 2006 AJGA Nike Golf Junior at Marshallia Ranch as his last victory, unless you count earning medalist honors at his U.S. Amateur qualifier.
The Havemeyer Trophy would make a nice addition to the family trophy case. His parents both won medals in table tennis at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. An’s father, Jae-Hyung An, won bronze in doubles, while his mother, Zhi Min Jiao, won bronze in singles and silver in doubles.
“The Olympics is a little bigger because it’s worldwide, but he wants me to win,” Byeong-Hun An said about his father. “He said it’ll feel better if I win.”
An sometimes beats his father at table tennis, but only if they play to 11 points and he starts with an 8-point advantage over his dad.
The Ans had to make one important stop before leaving Southern Hills after Saturday’s semifinals. Byeong-Hun An had to buy clothes for tomorrow’s final. He is out of clean clothes after spending nearly two weeks in Oklahoma to play the Scratch Players Championship (where he missed the 54-hole cut) and then the U.S. Amateur.
So what did An select for the final? A white collared shirt with the 2009 U.S. Amateur logo over the left breast. He will wear white shorts with a brown plaid pattern and a white belt.