SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – During Oklahoma State’s observe spherical final month on the Big 12 Championship, the Cowboys have been evaluating membership picks on considered one of Prairie Dunes’ par-3 tee bins. Freshman Bo Jin pulled out a shorter membership than his teammates, prompting some quizzical banter.
That’s when Jin chirped again.
“Hey, I decide how far this club goes,” he acknowledged, earlier than unloading on one and muscling his ball onto the inexperienced.
“He’s got a lot of shots for a young kid,” Oklahoma State head coach Alan Bratton stated. “He shapes shots and can manipulate the club pretty good. He can hit a 7-iron, and he might chip it from 150 [yards] or he might hit it 210.”
Jin has wanted all of the pictures this week on the NCAA Championship – and he’s hit all of them, too. Through 36 holes at Grayhawk Golf Club, Jin is 8 underneath. He carded seven birdies in Saturday’s second spherical, together with three straight to cap his again 9, to shoot 5-under 65.
The stellar efficiency has continued a development of Jin enjoying nicely on powerful golf programs. Before he even arrived in Stillwater, Jin reached the ultimate of the U.S. Junior Amateur at Inverness Club earlier than falling to incoming Arizona State freshman Preston Summerhays. Last fall, he tied for fourth in simply his second faculty begin, at punishing Maridoe Golf Club in Dallas. In his final two begins, he’s completed runner-up, at Big 12s and the NCAA Stillwater Regional at Karsten Creek.
“Everybody is shooting decently high numbers,” Jin stated, “so if you just keep making pars, par will be a good score, and if you get a birdie that’s a bonus, but a bogey will never kill you on a hard golf course, too.”
Added Bratton: “He does a wonderful job of putting the past behind him. When he makes a mistake, he just keeps rolling. Nothing really fazes him out there.”
It’s simple to get caught up within the 19-year-old Jin’s measurables. He stands at 6 ft, 4 inches, towering over most of his friends, and has stuffed out since stepping on campus, trying extra like a capturing guard. (Just don’t ask him to dribble a basketball.)
“He’s a big, strong kid,” Bratton stated.
But till not too long ago, Jin by no means utilized his dimension accurately in his golf swing. When he practically received the U.S. Junior, Jin had already developed a status for pausing on the high of his swing. Think Hideki Matsuyama however longer, Bratton says.
The hitch was to maintain Jin from getting too fast together with his transition and helped together with his accuracy, particularly with the motive force. But it additionally majorly sapped his energy.
“I felt like I needed to get rid of that when I got to college,” Jin stated
Jin was born in China and lived in Singapore for just a few years earlier than shifting to San Diego when he was 14 years outdated. His older brother, Cheng, received an Asia-Pacific Amateur, performed in a Masters and spent a few seasons at USC. But for the youthful Jin, he was drawn to Oklahoma State due to its historical past and knack for turning out Tour professionals.
Cutting his enamel at Karsten Creek, Jin was pressured to develop into extra constant together with his ball-striking. His largest space of enchancment has come together with his shorter golf equipment. Last fall, Jin’s wedge sport was subpar and he struggled to dial in his distances with these scoring golf equipment.
“He didn’t know how far anything went,” Bratton stated.
But Jin was like a sponge, receptive to recommendation from his coaches and never allergic to arduous work. This week, his wedges have been a energy and have helped him keep away from the massive numbers. He has simply 4 bogeys by way of two rounds and is in full management in championship-level situations.
With Oklahoma State main instate rival and top-ranked Oklahoma by 5 pictures at 6 underneath, Jin does not simply determine how far his golf equipment go.
He may additionally determine simply how far the Cowboys go in match play.