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

Nov. 12, 2008

BERKELEY - The University of California Men's Golf program has signed five highly-ranked junior golfers - Brandon Hagy, Max Homa, Curtis Loop, Brian Murphy and Michael Weaver - to National Letters of Intent. The five high school seniors will join the Golden Bears for the fall of 2009.

Hagy, son of Richard and Karyn Hagy, is a product of Westlake Village, Calif. Highlights for Hagy include being selected as a 2008 AJGA HP Scholastic Junior All-American and selected to represent the United States in the FCWT Honda International Junior Championship in Japan, where he was the low American shooting 74-75-71, 220 to finish tied for seventh. He also won the 2008 Thousand Oaks City Amateur (65-69 - 134) and the 2008 FCWT Hunter Ranch Invitational (68-70 - 138). Other accolades include 2008 FCWT First Team All-American, 2008 Ventura County Star's Boy Golfer of the Year and 2008 CIF Marmonte League MVP.

'Brandon is an outstanding individual who will thrive here at Cal,' said Head Coach Steve Desimone. 'He is an excellent student, has a true sense of team and his play on the golf course speaks loud and clear. He's going to be a major contributor to all aspects of this program and the University.'

Max Homa, from Valencia High School in Valencia, Calif., is the son of John Homa and Bonnie Milstein. Homa's highlights include being selected to represent Southern California in the 2008 Junior America's Cup, winning the SCPGA Junior Tour at Silver Rock (70-71 - 141), finishing third in the AJGA Hanmi Bank Junior Open (72-72-69 - 213), sixth in the AJGA Midwest Junior Players Championship (76-75-76 - 226), seventh in the FCWT Hunter Ranch (69-75 - 144) and a recent tie for 33rd in the Golfweek Junior Invitational.

On Homa, Desimone stated, 'Max makes lots of birdies and he's one tough competitor. You combine those two and you've got the ingredients for a real player. I look forward to seeing good things from Max in the future. '

Jack and Paula Loop's son Curtis is joining the Bears from New Canaan, Conn. Loop comes to Cal with high credentials, having won the 2008 Carter Cup (74-67 - 141) with the final round 67 on the Championship Course at Baltusrol Golf Club, host of 15 USGA Championships and one PGA Championship. Loop also won the 2008 FCWT Red Tail Golf Open (73-71 - 144), and won five matches en route to winning the prestigious 2007 Connecticut State Junior Amateur.

'Curtis's 67 at Baltusrol just reinforced our thoughts that he will be a major player at the collegiate level,' Desimone said. 'You don't just wake up one morning and shoot that kind of score on a major championship golf course without some real talent. Curtis has the talent and he continues to gain confidence. You add practicing year-round here in California, and all that is going to make for some interesting and fun times.'

The younger brother of current Cal golfer John Murphy, Brian Murphy hails from Wilton, Conn., and is the son of Kevin and Janet Murphy. An FCWT All-American, Murphy boasts an impressive 2008 resume that includes finishing third in the AJGA Heritage Junior Championship (74-71-67 - 212), fourth in the AJGA Fidelty Investments Junior Classic (71-72 - 143), 13th in the Golfweek Junior Invitational (72-70-72 - 214) and 17th in the AJGA Lessings Classic (70-72-74 - 216).

'Brian's work ethic is second to none and I know he's going to give 100 percent every day he's here at Cal,' said Desimone. 'As a coach, what more can you ask of a player?'

Finally, Michael Weaver of Fresno, Calif., caps off the last of Desimone's blue-chip recruits. Son of Bill and Joanne Weaver, the Clovis West star has had great success on the links. In 2008, Weaver won the NCGA Hunter Ranch Championship (69-68 - 137) and finished fourth at the AJGA CORE Realty Holdings Junior (69-70-73 - 212), fourth in Len Ross-Fresno City Junior (75-72-66-77 - 290), fifth in the Palo Alto City Championship (75-65 - 140) and seventh at the AJGA Las Vegas Junior (73-71-70 - 214). Weaver capped off his 2008 AJGA schedule with an impressive 72.3 stroke average.

'When I think of Michael, I think of a methodical player who knows how to play the game. His consistent scores all summer reflect a level of maturity beyond his years. He's long off the tee, but he also works hard on his short game,' Desimone said.

'To say that I am pleased with this 2009 recruiting class would be an understatement. This certainly has a chance to be one of the best recruiting classes in the country. Brandon, Max, Curtis, Brian and Michael all have the potential to make major contributions to this program, and I see no limits to that potential. They have a bright future ahead of them as long as they continue to work hard in school and golf.'

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