2009 U.S. Amateur Champion Byeung-Hun An and France's Joël Stalter to Join 2010 Golden Bears
Nov. 11, 2009
BERKELEY - Head coach Steve Desimone and the Golden Bears men's golf program will get an incredible boost next year with the addition of Byeung-Hun (Ben) An, the youngest-ever U.S. Amateur Champion, and Joël Stalter of France to the lineup.
The Korean-born An, 17 years of age and son of Jae-hyung An and Ji-min Cho, defeated Ben Martin of Clemson 7 & 6 in the finals at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Okla., in August for the Amateur title. Other outstanding achievements from An in 2009 include tying for medalist honors at the AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions, reaching the quarterfinals of the Western Amateur, being selected to the Canon Cup as well as being an AJGA First-Team All-American in 2008.
Coach Desimone said: 'What Ben has accomplished so far speaks volume for his talent, work ethic and toughness. We're very fortunate to have Ben join us, and I say that with a smile. Not only is he the U.S. Amateur Champion but, in terms of personality, he's got a great sense of humor and a wonderful spirit.'
In addition, Joël Stalter, son of Jean-Jacques and Sophie Statler of Thionville, France, will bring depth to the 2010-2011 Golden Bears roster. Highlights of Stalter in 2009 include finishing tied for sixth in the French Alps professional event Mirabelle d'Or International Open, shooting 70-66-68-68 (16-under), and runner-up in the Grand Prix de Montpellier of France, with scores of 70-68-68 for a 10-under finish.
'Given the French schooling system - 10 months a year, nine hours a day - and France's snow-filled winters, Joël has accomplished a great deal through diligence. I believe we'll see improvement in leaps and bounds when Joël comes to Cal,' said Desimone.
He added: 'Ben and Joël's abilities on the golf course are quite obvious, but their work in the classroom should not go unnoted. Both are excellent, excellent students and our University will greatly benefit with their arrival. The combination of school and golf these young men represent are the reasons why I got into coaching. I like what the future holds for Cal Golf. Go Bears!'
Cal commences its spring 2010 schedule Feb. 1 at the Arizona Intercollegiate. The Bears ended their fall 2009 campaign with two tournament victories at the Spartan Golf Classis and the Alister MacKenzie Invitational.