Cal Men's Golf Signs Three Standouts to Letters of Intent

Nov. 8, 2006

BERKELEY, CALIF. - The University of California Men's Golf program has announced the signing of three outstanding junior golfers - Stephen Hale, Jeff Hamm and Eric Mina - to National Letters of Intent.

Hale, the son of former Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder John Hale and Lori Hale, attends Bakerfield's Garces Memorial High School. Highlights for Hale include boasting a 69.55 high school stroke average with a win in the CIF Central Section South Area, finishing third in the 2006 California State Boys Junior Amateur with a final round 66, a fifth place finish at the IJGT at PGA of Southern California, a ninth place finish in the 2006 California State Fair Amateur, and a 23rd place finish at the Junior World Golf Championship at Torrey Pines.

'Stephen is an outstanding individual that will thrive at Cal,' said Cal Head Coach Steve Desimone. 'He is an excellent student, and his play on the golf course speaks volumes for his ability. He competed with some of the best collegiate players in the country at this year's Sacramento's State Fair Amateur and didn't back down an inch, finishing in the Top 10.'

Hamm, from Danville's Monte Vista High School, is the son of the accomplished swing instructor Jim Hamm and Denise Hamm. Jeff's highlights in 2006 include finishing second in the Livermore City Championship, ninth in the AJGA Fidelty Investments Junior, 11th place in the Palo Alto City, making it to the Round of 32 in the San Francisco City Championship, and 16th in the AJGA Pacific Northwest International. On Hamm, Desimone states, 'Jeff is so young in the game. It's scary to think how much he has accomplished thus far. No question he's has a bright future ahead of him, and I'm glad it's going to be at Cal.'

Mina caps off the last of Desimone's blue-chip recruits. Currently ranked No. 36 by Golfweek Magazine, Mina, pupil of former Cal Golf Assistant Coach and current swing coach Rick Marik, hails from San Jose's Bellarmine College Preparatory School and is the son of Erwin and Corie Mina.

'Eric has the essential ingredients for success,' said Desimone. 'He's an extremely hard worker in all areas of his life from school to golf and he's one of the fiercest competitors I've seen. His continuous play and success from junior golf to amateur golf is indicative of just how much he loves to compete and not afraid to succeed.'

Highlights for Mina include making it to the Round of 32 in the 2006 US Junior Amateur at Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club and three Top-5 finishes in 2006 AJGA events - the Fidelty Investments Junior Open (third), the Pinnacle Communities Junior Championship (fifth), and Coca-Cola Junior Championship (fifth). Among the amateur ranks, Mina has placed third in the 2006 San Leandro City and seventh in 2006 Palo Alto City.

'I can't tell you how excited and pleased I am with this 2007 class of recruits,' said Desimone, who led the Bears to the 2004 NCAA Championship. 'No question Stephen, Jeff and Eric are outstanding young men committed to both school and golf and will be great additions to our team. Their impact next fall will be tremendous. Their enthusiasm and desire for success directly parallel the sentiments of this team right now. They're going to come in here and not skip a beat. All I have to say is `Go Bears!' '

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