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On Other Tours: Hannah Yun wins the inaugural Volvik Championship

After a fun filled night exploring Downtown Disney, Hannah Yun fired a final-round 3-under 69 to hoist her first Symetra Tour trophy at the inaugural Volvik Championship.

In a head-to-head battle with Alena Sharp, Yun notched five birdies and two bogeys at the Reunion Resort – Palmer Course, to claim a 2-stroke victory over the Hamilton, Ontario native.

“Surreal right now,” said Yun of the victory. “I think it’s going to take a little bit for it to sink in but it feels great.”

The San Diego, Calif. native wasted little time getting to the red numbers on Sunday with back-to-back birdies at the opening two holes. Yun gave a shot back after a bogey at the par-3 fifth but quickly recovered with a birdie at the par-4 seventh before giving another shot back with a bogey at the par-4 eighth.

After making the turn at 1-under for the day, Yun notched another birdie at the par-4 13th then headed into the last hole with a 1-stroke lead over Sharp. With nerves of steel, Yun hit what she viewed as the “best mistake all day” to 4-feet then calmly knocked-in the winning putt. 

“I was just trying to stay in my own little world all week,” said Yun. “It was a good competition today and like I said, both of us could have gone low and it could have gone either way to be perfectly honest but I just happened to be able to stick it out until the end and stay consistent.”

This season has been one of many changes for the current LPGA Tour member as she now has a new dynamic with her parents. 

“First off, I started traveling on my own,” said Yun. “My relationship with my parents is one of the biggest things I’ve changed this year. It’s more like a parent/daughter relationship now and to be perfectly honest, I don’t know what it was before but it was a little messy and stressful for all three of us. It was tough at first but I think it was the right thing to do.”

While Yun now calls Bradenton, Fla. home, her parents still reside in San Diego, Calif. The relationship Yun now has with her parents has changed so drastically that her parents do not follow her on the Symetra Tour’s website’s live scoring. 

“They have no idea how I was playing this week,” said Yun. “They stopped (watching live scoring) because it’s easier for them and they are trying to let me do my own thing and I think they realize that this is my job now and it’s not something they need to get involved with. I think I’m just going to send my dad a text saying, can you send an extra bonus check for Benito (Yun’s caddie) because I played well this week.”

The former University of Florida Gator now travels with Benito and his brother and according to her, is having the time of her life.

“I have had the most fun these past few months than I have probably had since I was a little kid,” said Yun. “It’s nice because that’s the reason why I started playing golf and it’s nice just to be able to have fun playing on the course and put in the work and to see that it’s working.”

Yun is having the time of her life indeed and after claiming her first career Symetra Tour victory, she moves from No. 48 on the Volvik Race for the Card to No. 18 with one event remaining.

While Yun is on the outside looking in heading into next week’s season finale, the runner-up finish by Sharp moved her inside the top-10 at No. 9. Sharp is currently a member of the LPGA Tour but after a season that has included nine missed cuts in her first 12 starts, she could potentially find herself back at Q-School.

The Hamilton, Ontario native was not planning on playing in next week’s Symetra Tour Championship due to her third annual Bader/Sharp Charity Shootout but after moving inside the top-10, she is now questioning her decision.

“I don’t know, I’ll probably have to play now,” said Sharp. “If I won I think I would be okay but now I think I’ll have to play. I might be in the top-10 now, like around 10th, so I don’t know.”

Topics: Symetra Tour, On Other Tours

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