28 Nov '15, 6pm

How One Tiny Southern California Golf Academy Is Cultivating Elite Chinese Golfers

How One Tiny Southern California Golf Academy Is Cultivating Elite Chinese Golfers

Beaumont is a hot, windblown desert city in Southern California with a public course called Oak Valley, within the roar of I-10 and hemmed in by a series of craggy, brown mountains. When Yani Tseng was starting out as a pro, six or seven years ago, Dave Stockton taught her there. Around that time Stockton told me about the course's owner, a Chinese émigré named Huey-Min Yu, and his academy for junior golfers from China, among other Asian countries. I recently saw Mr. Yu in his office at Oak Valley. His courtly deputy, Eric Chen, the academy's admissions director, brought his boss a pot of green tea, and Mr. Yu talked about his adopted sport in his adopted country. "The golf course exit used to be 14th Street," he said. "Not very sexy!" He lobbied Beaumont's city council to change the name to Oak Valley Parkway. The Presidents Cup was being played in Korea, and the Asia-Pac...

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