One of the most decorated golfers in Lady Vol history returned to her alma mater this year to serve as a volunteer assistant coach with the Tennessee women's golf team. LPGA Tour member Young-A Yang replaced Ann Furrow as the volunteer assistant for the 2008-09 campaign. Furrow served on the coaching staff since the program's inception in 1992.
Yang lives in Knoxville in between traveling for the LPGA Tour. She gives the Lady Vols an opportunity to evaluate their games as compared to an LPGA player. She also will serve as a mentor and help the players make the transition to professional golf if they choose to do so.
"We will definitely miss Ann Furrow's enthusiasm as our volunteer assistant coach, but when she resigned her position this spring, I felt like Young-A would be an excellent choice," Lady Vol Head Coach Judi Pavon said. "Young-A lives in Knoxville while traveling for the LPGA tour, so she is around often and will be able to really help our players evaluate their games as compared to an LPGA player. She will be able to serve as a mentor for them and help them improve as collegiate players and make the transition to professional golf if they choose to do so."
Yang graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2002 with four National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) All-America honors and All-Southeastern Conference nods (1999-2002), two ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America awards (2000-01) and a nod as an NGCA Academic All-American in 2000. She was also the SEC's Freshman of the Year in 1999.
At the SEC Championships, she finished second in 1999, tied for second in 2000, tied for 10th in 2001 and tied for third in 2002.
At the 2001 NCAA Championships, Yang set the program record for best individual 72-hole NCAA Championship finish after carding a 75-73-71-69=288 total to complete the 2001 NCAA tournament in fifth place overall at even par. She became the first UT women's golfer to earn first-team All-America honors from the National Golf Coaches Association. In addition, Yang led the Lady Vols to their best NCAA finish ever in 2000. Carding 76-71-75-75=297, Yang tied for 10th and led UT to a fifth place finish at the NCAA Championships at the Crosswater Course in Sunriver, Ore.
The Tae-Gu City, S. Korea, native has secured six top-10 placements in her five years as a professional, including a runner-up finish at the Giant Eagle LPGA Classic in 2004.
- Six top-10 placements as a professional
- Four-time NGCA All-American
- Four-time first-team All-SEC
- 1999 SEC Freshman of the Year
- Holds the UT career record for most top-10 finishes (26)
- Most tournament titles as Lady Vols' top scorer (31)
- Most NCAA postseason appearances (13)
- Most rounds under par (36)
- Two career victories
- Lowest single-season average (73.06)
- Second-lowest career scoring average (74.37)