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Yun, 15, headed to UF on golf scholarship

You can't call her "Sweet 16" until April 2008, but Hannah Yun is taking her smooth golf swing and academic prowess to the University of Florida in August on a combination golf and academic scholarship.

"I may be a little bit intimidated," said the 15-year-old. "But it has always been that way for me. I'll get used to it."


University of Florida women's golf coach Jill Briles-Hinton announced that Yun has signed a national letter of intent and will play for the Lady Gators in the upcoming season.

Yun is one of 43 students at Leadbetter's Golf Academy in Bradenton who will attend college in the fall on some sort of golf scholarship.

"That's about 75 percent of our eligible students," said Shane Reiser, a senior instructor at IMG Academy.

"She's very smart, very focused and very religious," said Reiser of Yun. "She's so good at so many things."


However, she's also very young to be going off to college where most of the incoming freshmen will be 17 to 20 years old.


Yun was born in San Jose, Calif., moved to San Diego when she was 9 and came to Lakewood Ranch three years ago so she could attend Leadbetter's Junior Golf Academy.


She skipped one year at the school, attended Bradenton Prep and took online courses to accelerate her academics. She plans to major in psychology at Florida.


In three years at IMG, Yun has won two Future Collegian World Tour events and finished second four times in American Junior Golf Association tournaments. She stands only 5-foot-3, weighs 120 pounds and is 54th in GolfWeek's junior rankings.


"When you see her, you know that she stands out from the rest," said Reiser. "She generates a lot of power and a lot of clubhead speed."

The Herald-Tribune's 2006 Girls Golfer of the Year hits it 250 yards off the tee.

A number of colleges were interested in her, but Florida won the recruiting battle because she wanted to be close to home and near her coach, David Whelan, the director of golf at Leadbetter's.


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