Nov. 1, 2009
SHENZEN, China -- Northwestern sophomore Eric Chun (Ansung City, South Korea/International Christian School) finished second among a field of 116 competitors at the inaugural Asian Amateur Championship, earning a spot in International Final Qualifying for the 2010 Open Championship at St. Andrews.
Chun entered the final round of the tournament two shots off the lead and fought his way to a 1-over 73 and a 7-under 281 (74-68-66-73) for the Championship, maintaining his second-place status and his spot in the IFQ. He finished five strokes behind fellow Korean Han Chang-won, who booked a trip to the 2010 Masters in addition to a spot in the IFQ with his win.
"I was happy with how I played this week," Chun said. "I started poorly and played really well on the second and third day and gave myself a chance and that is what you have to do in tournaments. You have to stay patient, which is what I did, and I am happy with second place.
"The IFQ is a huge opportunity. Earlier this year I got to the final stage of qualifying for the US Open. I was leading by two shots with three holes to play and finished bogey-par-bogey and went into a play-off and lost. That is a bad memory, so I am hoping to get a little payback."
The complete Asian Amateur Championship recap along with final results can be found here.
Chun, the reigning Big Ten champion after winning the title as a freshman last season, has played in three events this year for the Wildcats. He has NU's second-best scoring average at 73.13, earning a season-best fifth-place finish at the Navy Fall Classic.
According to Golfweek.com, Chun -- who is not a member of the Korean national team -- was the only one of his compatriots not wearing that team's uniform. Instead, he wore a Northwestern shirt and hat, and his caddie carried a Northwestern bag.
Chun and the rest of the Wildcats conclude their fall schedule November 9-11 at The Gifford Collegiate in San Martin, Calif.