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August 30, 2014 | 3:40 p.m.

Doug Hanzel wins Georgia Senior Championship

Ron Gaines
Reigning U.S. Senior Amateur champion Doug Hanzel won the 2014 Georgia Senior Championship.
Reigning U.S. Senior Amateur champion Doug Hanzel won the 2014 Georgia Senior Championship.

Reigning U.S. Senior Amateur champion Doug Hanzel of Savannah, Ga, won his second Georgia Senior Championship on Friday afternoon at Doublegate Country Club in Albany, Ga.

Hanzel’s 213 total included rounds of 71-67-75 and gave him a 2-shot victory over the 2013 Georgia Senior champion, Jack Hall of Sea Island, Ga., who posted rounds of 72-72-71 to finish solo second with a 215 total.

This marks the second Georgia Senior Championship for the Georgia Hall of Famer, Hanzel, who also won the title in 2012.

Hall’s runner-up finish came just short of a successful title defense. After ...

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Categories: Amateur, Men, Senior, Ron Gaines
Cassie Stein
San Diego State's Gunn Yang will skip his collegiate season to play in professional events as an amateur.
San Diego State's Gunn Yang will skip his collegiate season to play in professional events as an amateur.

Gunn Yang, the 2014 U.S. Amateur champion, is taking a one-year leave of absence from San Diego State to play professional events as an amateur.

Yang, originally from South Korea, was set to begin his redshirt-sophomore season at San Diego State this fall. Instead, he decided Aug. 24 to skip the college season after giving it some thought and having talked his parents and his swing coach Glen Daugherty.

Last season, Yang played in two events for the Aztecs, compiling a 74.33 stroke average. His best finish was T-8 finish at the Lamkin Grips San Diego Classic as ...

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Cassie Stein
Ollie Schniederjans (left) and Minjee Lee win the 2014 Mark H. McCormack Medals as the top-ranked amateur in their respective divisions.
Ollie Schniederjans (left) and Minjee Lee win the 2014 Mark H. McCormack Medals as the top-ranked amateur in their respective divisions.

Ollie Schniederjans and Minjee Lee have claimed the Mark H. McCormack medals as the leading amateur players in the 2014 World Amateur Golf Ranking for their respective divisions.

Schniederjans, 21, from Powder Springs, Ga., won five times as a junior at Georgia Tech.

He reached the Round of 16 at the 2014 U.S. Amateur Championship and played on the U.S. Palmer Cup team in England.

Schniederjans also placed 41st in the European Tour’s Scottish Open and tied for fifth at the Web.com Tour’s Air Capital Classic.

“I’m very excited about this accomplishment,” Schniederjans said ...

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Andy Zunz
Beau Hossler will represent the United States at the World Amateur Team Championships.
Beau Hossler will represent the United States at the World Amateur Team Championships.

American amateur standouts Bryson DeChambeau, Beau Hossler and Denny McCarthy will represent the U.S. at the 2014 World Amateur Team Championship, the USGA announced Wednesday.

The competition, set to be played Sept. 10-13 at Karuizawa 72 Golf East in Karuizawa, Japan, pits teams from 125 countries in a four-day stroke play event. Each country can play two to three players, with the two lowest scores being counted each day.

Hossler, No. 12 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, is a sophomore at Texas; DeChambeau, No. 28 in the WAGR, is a junior at SMU; and McCarthy, No. 14 in ...

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Adam Schupak
Gunn Yang celebrates his 2-and-1 victory over Corey Conners in the 2014 U.S. Amateur final at Atlanta Athletic Club.
Gunn Yang celebrates his 2-and-1 victory over Corey Conners in the 2014 U.S. Amateur final at Atlanta Athletic Club.

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – After Gunn Yang had won the 114th U.S. Amateur, he was asked to identify the critical moment in his 2-and-1 victory over Corey Conners of Canada.

“The most important thing I think throughout the match play was the 11th hole, the par putt, right after the rain delay,” Yang said.

After a 97-minute suspension of play during the afternoon session, Yang yanked a pitching wedge from 140 yards into the left green side bunker. He scooped his third shot at the par 4 out of the sand but it squirted 15 feet past the hole.

“Luckily ...

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Cassie Stein
Denny McCarthy during the quarterfinals of the 2014 U.S. Amateur Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club.
Denny McCarthy during the quarterfinals of the 2014 U.S. Amateur Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club.

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – It’s normally the U.S. Amateur champion or the runner-up who has a “coming out party” if you will. And sure, Gunn Yang and Corey Conners are both worthy candidates, except for the fact that Denny McCarthy has been in the shadows for so long.

After not being recognized by anyone, it was time for his introduction into the golf world.

Hidden in the shadows of heavy hitters in the class of 2015 – former Stanford standout and reigning Haskins Award winner Patrick Rodgers, former Haskins winner and Alabama standout Justin Thomas, and World No. 1 amateur ...

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Nick Masuda
Gunn Yang poses with the Havemeyer Trophy after outlasting Corey Conners to win the 114th U.S. Amateur at Atlanta Athletic Club.
Gunn Yang poses with the Havemeyer Trophy after outlasting Corey Conners to win the 114th U.S. Amateur at Atlanta Athletic Club.

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Ryan Donovan believes in tough love, and Gunn Yang needed a firm kick in the behind as he struggled to shake his deep funk after back surgery took him away from his teammates at San Diego State, as well as from the golf course, his sanctuary.

Donovan broke some bad news to the 20-year-old at the beginning of the spring collegiate season: The 12-year head coach with the Aztecs was taking away his scholarship.

"He's on zero money right now," Donovan said. "It's a motivation. He's a guy that feeds off of that stuff ...

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Cassie Stein
Team Canada head coach Derek Ingram during the championship match of the 2014 U.S. Amateur.
Team Canada head coach Derek Ingram during the championship match of the 2014 U.S. Amateur.

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – As a kid growing up in rural Winnipeg, Derek Ingram was told he was never good enough or was too young to join his family at the golf course.

He practiced with an old wooden-shafted club at the playground until he improved. He wanted to be the next Jim Doyle, the only Manitoban to win the Canadian Amateur at the time.

Ingram was in love with the game.

After returning home from a stint at a junior college in the United States, Ingram thought he was going to go to pharmaceutical school and not become a golf ...

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Golfweek Staff
Gunn Yang (top) and Corey Conners will face off in Sunday's U.S. Amateur final.
Gunn Yang (top) and Corey Conners will face off in Sunday's U.S. Amateur final.

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – In Sunday's finale at the U.S. Amateur, virtual unknown Gunn Yang never trailed 2013 semifinalist Corey Conners in a closely contested 2-and-1 win.

San Diego State's Yang earned a 1-up lead in the morning 18, with Kent State product Conners quickly squaring things up on the first hole of the final 18 at Atlanta Athletic Club – but Yang opened a 2-up lead down the stretch and held on.

Recap the highlights right here!

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Hole No. 35: Par 3, 207 yards

Again, both players find the green. Yang thinks his putt is good but it ...

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Nick Masuda
Gunn Yang at No. 10 during the finals at the 2014 U.S. Amateur at the Atlanta Athletic Club. He leads after 18 holes, 1 up, over Corey Conners.
Gunn Yang at No. 10 during the finals at the 2014 U.S. Amateur at the Atlanta Athletic Club. He leads after 18 holes, 1 up, over Corey Conners.

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Corey Conners ended the first 18 holes of the U.S. Amateur's 36-hole final match with a birdie, but will head to a hour-long break 1 down against Gunn Yang.

Yang controlled the front nine, winning the opening two holes and then making the turn with a 32-foot birdie bomb on No. 9 to go 2 up.

Despite Yang's length advantage off the tee, Conners managed to fight back by taking advantage of Atlanta Athletic Club's par-5s on the back nine, winning both No. 12 and 18 with birdies. The Canadian swung the momentum ...

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August 16, 2014 | 3:55 p.m.

Predictions: 2014 U.S. Amateur final

Golfweek Staff
Gunn Yang (top) and Corey Conners will face off in Sunday's U.S. Amateur final.
Gunn Yang (top) and Corey Conners will face off in Sunday's U.S. Amateur final.

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – It was a thrilling Saturday at the Atlanta Athletic Club, with Gunn Yang winning in sudden death, and Corey Conners holding on despite a water ball on his final hole.

Yang and Gunn will face off in Sunday's 36-hole final at the 114th U.S. Amateur starting at 9 a.m., with the restart scheduled for 2:20 p.m.

Conners was a semifinalist in 2013, while this is Yang's first-ever USGA event.

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Championship Match: Gunn Yang vs. Corey Conners, 9:00 a.m. (2:20 p.m. for final 18)

HOW THEY GOT THERE ...

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Cassie Stein
Corey Conners (left) celebrates his U.S. Amateur semifinals victory with his caddie Taylor Pendrith.
Corey Conners (left) celebrates his U.S. Amateur semifinals victory with his caddie Taylor Pendrith.

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Last year, Corey Conners fell one match short of the U.S. Amateur finale.

“It did sting quite a bit. I still tried to keep my head up and be proud of making it to the semis,” Conners said. “… There was a little more motivation this year, I guess.”

At the 114th playing of the world's toughest amateur championship, Conners wasn’t going to let this opportunity slip away again. The 22-year-old Canadian advanced to the championship match after winning a hard-fought battle against Denny McCarthy, 1 up.

Conners, just like he had in four of ...

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Nick Masuda
Gunn Yang celebrates his 19-hole victory over Frederick Wedel (left) with his caddie Richard Grice. Yang advances to Sunday's final at the U.S. Amateur, facing Corey Conners at 9 a.m.
Gunn Yang celebrates his 19-hole victory over Frederick Wedel (left) with his caddie Richard Grice. Yang advances to Sunday's final at the U.S. Amateur, facing Corey Conners at 9 a.m.

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Gunn Yang has earned a spot in the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. He's also secured a likely invitation to next year's Masters.

The San Diego State sophomore is also one half of Sunday morning's U.S. Amateur championship match with Corey Conners after knocking off Frederick Wedel in 19 holes on Saturday.

The one thing he doesn't have? A spot in the Aztecs' first lineup when the fall collegiate season begins at the Southwestern Intercollegiate on Sept. 8.

Coach Ryan Donovan will make the unlikely U.S. Amateur finalist qualify ...

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Nick Masuda
Gunn Yang (top) and Corey Conners will face off in Sunday's U.S. Amateur final.
Gunn Yang (top) and Corey Conners will face off in Sunday's U.S. Amateur final.

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Gunn Yang birdied the par-4 10th hole – his 19th of the day – to punch the first ticket into Sunday's championship match at the 114th U.S. Amateur at the Atlanta Athletic Club.

After losing the 18th hole to Frederick Wedel, Yang bombed a driver off the first playoff hole to wedge length, stuck it to 4 feet and drained the putt, earning berths into the 2015 Masters and U.S. Open in the process.

Yang will face Corey Conners in Sunday's final, with the Canadian defeating Denny McCarthy, 1 up, to set up an all-international ...

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Adam Schupak
Corey Conners defeated Zachary Olsen, 2 and 1, in the U.S. Amateur quarterfinals on Friday at the Atlanta Athletic Club.
Corey Conners defeated Zachary Olsen, 2 and 1, in the U.S. Amateur quarterfinals on Friday at the Atlanta Athletic Club.

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – A year ago, Canadian National team coach Derek Ingram gathered his crew to watch the final round of the 2003 Masters.

“I wanted our guys to know we can do that, too,” he said.

No need to remind Ontario native Corey Conners of Mike Weir’s 6-foot putt on the 72nd hole to get into a playoff. It is a moment burned into his memory, even if he couldn’t bear to watch it.

“I was so excited, I ran out of the room,” Conners, now 22, said. “I was sitting on the steps and I heard ...

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