Tyler Wassell of East Hempfield had a difficult choice to make before the final round of the U.S. Women’s Open golf tournament got underway Sunday morning at Lancaster Country Club. He had to select which golfer he would like to carry the standard for during the final round of play.
“I had to pick between anyone, anyone on the field,” Wassell said.
Before making the choice, Wassell, 15, a golfer who’ll be a sophomore at Hempfield High School in the fall, did his homework.
“I was going through last night and doing some research, and looking at some scorecards,” he said. “I saw In Gee Chun was right there, and I thought she’d maybe win today, so I picked her.”
Clearly, Wassell knows how to pick a winner.
He enjoyed watching Chun play through the course from a close vantage point as he carried the standard bearing the her name and that of her pair partner, Shiho Oyama, throughout the 18 holes of final round play.
“She hits it dead straight every time, she’s always consistent on the greens, and she makes a lot of putts,” said Wassell of Chun.
Wassell patiently awaited for Chun to emerge from a press conference after claiming the title at the 70th U.S. Women’s Open to sign the standard that he carried for 18 holes.
Chun grabbed the lead on the 15th hole with a birdie run that lasted through hole 17, and held on to edge out fellow Korean Amy Yang by one stroke to win.
Chun not only signed the standard for Wassell, but created a spontaneous piece of art on it. I addition to her signature, She added a flag on a green, and a message: 2015 US Open Champion. Inside the flag Chun inscribed the number 8. To find out the significance of that number to Chun, check back later today to read our 5 Things You Need to Know after the Open story.
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