By Kevin Moon, USGTF Master Golf Teaching Professional  

I am excited to share, with great pleasure and immense pride, the exceptional accomplishments of one of my outstanding golf students, Mark Yu. At just 11 years old, Mark has demonstrated remarkable dedication, talent and an unwavering passion for the sport of golf.  

Mark’s journey in the golfing world has been filled with numerous milestones and triumphs. Notably, he recently emerged victorious in the Drive Chip and Putt local tournament, showcasing his exceptional skills in all aspects of the game. His precision, technique and unwavering composure throughout the competition were truly awe-inspiring.  

Furthermore, Mark’s commitment to excellence was evident in his remarkable performance in the Washington Junior Golf Association sub-district tournaments. Not only did he secure victory in three separate qualifiers, but he did so with a level of skill and sportsmanship that sets him apart as a true role model for his peers. Mark’s ability to maintain focus and deliver exceptional shots under pressure is a testament to his unwavering dedication to the game.  

Perhaps the pinnacle of Mark’s achievements came in the form of his recent triumph at the WJGA District 6 Championship tournament, helping him to advance to the 2023 state championship. His remarkable display of talent, strategic thinking and mental fortitude allowed him to navigate the challenging course and outshine his competitors. Mark’s victory in this highly competitive event serves as a testament to his incredible work ethic and his ability to rise to the occasion when it truly matters.  

Beyond Mark’s impressive list of accolades, he possesses a remarkable attitude that contributes to his success both on and off the golf course. His commitment to fair play, respect for his fellow competitors and his unwavering determination to continuously improve make him a true embodiment of the values we strive to instill in our athletes.  

As Mark’s coach for the past few years, I have had the privilege of witnessing his growth and development firsthand. His hunger for knowledge, his eagerness to learn from every experience and his willingness to embrace challenges have made working with him an absolute joy. Mark’s ability to set goals, work tirelessly towards achieving them and maintain a positive mindset throughout his journey is truly commendable.
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