Ben An Misses Cut at 2010 Masters

April 9, 2010

AUGUSTA, GA - Byeong-Hun 'Ben' An, who has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Cal men's golf team in 2010-11, became only the second player associated with Cal men's golf to play in the Masters since Steve Desimone took over as the club's head coach in 1980 when he played the first and second round at Augusta National Golf Club on Thursday and Friday.

An missed the cut to play in the third and fourth rounds Saturday and Sunday after shooting a combined 11-over par (78-77 - 155) over the first 36 holes to finish tied for 79th at the event, but Desimone explains the importance of the event for a player who qualified for the 2010 Masters by becoming the youngest-ever U.S. Amateur champ last August at 17 years of age.

'This was a great experience for Ben,' said Desimone. 'Even though it's been a difficult tournament for him, he's had some fun. I suspect this has also been a wonderful learning experience for Ben as he goes forward in amateur golf, college golf and to his eventual destination as a member of the PGA Tour.'

Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood are tied for the tournament lead at eight-under par after two rounds, while Tiger Woods is one of five players two shots back at six-under.

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