Yang had the talent to compete and even win AJGA
events, but was not allowed to play due to her youth: the AJGA has
a minimum age limit of 12 years. Shortly after her 12th birthday
in 2007, she played her first AJGA event and finished third. At
her second event a few weeks later, she did even better, finishing
second. She captured the title at her third event, the Randy Smith
Classic in Lubbock, TX, beating two significantly older players
in a playoff. In so doing, she became the second youngest girl to
ever win an AJGA event, (the youngest girl to ever win one had won
before the 12 year age limit had been instituted). Yang was 12 years,
1 month and 8 days old when she won the Smith title. Later in 2007,
she won the US Kids World Championship. She was named to the Rolex
Junior All American teams in 2007 and 2008; she was the youngest
Rolex All American in history.
Even later in the year, Julie was invited to play
at a KLPGA event, the Inter-Burgo Masters. She did not make the
cut, but it was still a good learning experience for the youthful
golfer. In 2009, she played in three KLPGA events, making all three
cuts and achieving best amateur status while still just 13 years
At age 14, Julie relocated
to Europe, where she attended school in Scotland. She continued
her winning ways there. Among her triumphs were wins at the Welsh
Ladies Open Stroke Play Championship, the Danish International Ladies
Amateur Championship, and the English Women's Open Stroke Play Championship.
She was the youngest winner in history in all of those events.
Julie moved back to the States in 2011, and looks
primed to continue her rise to prominence over here. Although she
did not do well at the US Women's Amateur, losing in the second
round, she did win the 2011 Women's Trans National Amateur Championship,
where once again she was the youngest champion in history.
Early in 2011, Julie played at the Kia Classic on
the LPGA tour, where she made the cut and finished tied for 46th.
Julie skipped a school year and graduated from high
school in 2012. She joined Oklahoma State in early 2013. Among her
notable achievements in 2013 were getting to the semifinals at the
Women's Amateur Pub Links.
During Yang's junior year in college, she attended
2014 LPGA Qualifying School. She finished tied for 18th with several
other players, meaning she needed to enter a playoff for the final
full tour cards. Alas, she lost and only earned conditional status,
but she turned pro anyway and joined the tour as a rookie in 2015.
Yang did not get into many fields in 2015, and only
made one cut, at the JTBC Founders Cup. She finished 34th there.
But she returned to Q-School in the Fall and played great. She finished
tied for 10th to earn full status on tour for 2016.
Julie also played a couple of KLPGA events in 2015,
with her best result a tie for 16th at the Posco Championship. She
played the Symetra Tour as well, but finished well out of earning
an LPGA tour card that way.
Julie started the 2016 well. In her second event,
the Coates Championship, she achieved her first career top ten when
she finished tied for 6th. She had one other top 20 and wound up
making $116,785 for the year, a huge improvement over 2015. This
placed her 93rd on the money list, good for a slight upgrade in
her status to category 11 for 2017.