(WTNH)–Yale golfer Li Wang is the type of player that lets his swing do all the talking.
So much so that he let his coach and teammates mispronounce his name for a couple of years.
Everyone knows his name now. It’s in the record books.
When Wang tapped in this putt on the 18th hole of the Macdonald Cup last month, it completed a round of 60. Not only did he tie a college golf record but he set the new low round for The Course at Yale.
“I was really nervous, yeah, that’s probably the most nervous I’ve even been in my life,” Wang said. “It was definitely a little bit surreal, but at the same time I’ve never had a problem going as low as I can, and I’ve never had a problem stretching my comfort zone.”
And what a round of golf it was for Wang. He birdied 10 of his first 16 holes before play was suspended for darkness.
So he had to go home and sleep on a potential record.
“And as I like to point out, even when you shoot a 60 at Yale, the 18th hole still tried to snag him,” said coach Colin Sheehan. “He had to try to get down from the hillside and it required a sort of chasing pitch and he left himself only a two footer for the 60.”
Wang, who is from a suburb of Seattle, started playing golf at the age of 7 with his father.
He liked the game right away.
“I think when I was ten or eleven, I had a lot of success, I started playing a lot of tournament golf and I’ve had a lot of success ever since,” he said. “I decided it was something I wanted to do for the long term.”
But in the short term, the team captain has made history at Yale.
“I’m thrilled that this 90 year old golf course our home facility the course record is set by an existing undergraduate the senior,” Sheehan said.
“It’s pretty amazing stuff, I still can’t believe it to be honest,” Wang said. “I think it’s pretty special because its something that nobody can ever take away from me.”