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Aztecs golfer looks to get scholarship back after U.S. Amateur victory

At No. 776, Yang is the lowest-ranked player in the world amateur standings to win the title

Now that Gunn Yang is the surprise U.S. Amateur champion, he can return to San Diego State to address some important business.

Like getting his golf scholarship back.

The Aztecs coach yanked his financial aid this spring after Yang struggled through a disappointing sophomore season, battling injury and playing in only two tournaments.

"I was so mad," Yang said. "He took my scholarship away and now I'm going to fall season without a scholarship."

On Sunday, the 20-year-old South Korean defeated Corey Conners of Canada, 2-and-1, in the scheduled 36-hole final. At No. 776, he became the lowest-ranked player in the world amateur standings to win the prestigious title.

Yang was so pessimistic about his chances last week that he brought only a few shirts to the nine-day event in Johns Creek, Ga. 

Asked if his college coach might reconsider the scholarship situation, he laughed and said: "Better. Or else I'm going to transfer."

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