Steve Desimone named 2004 Grand Master of the Year by Northern California Golf Association

Oct. 22, 2004

BERKELEY, CA - University of California men's golf coach, Steve Desimone, has been presented with the 2004 'Grand Master of the Year' Award by the Northern California Golf Association. Desimone received his award at a Friday morning function at the Castlewood Country Club in Walnut Creek.

Desimone, who led the Golden Bears to the 2004 NCAA golf title and was named Golfweek's 2003-04 College Coach of the Year, is in his 26th season directing the Bears' men's golf program. Desimone was introduced for his Grand Master of the Year award by Frank Brunk, the former Cal football star and past president (1991) of the Northern California Golf Association, who teamed up with Desimone in 1980 to bring Cal golf back to varsity status.

Desimone and Brunk formed the Cal Golf committee in 1980, the primary support group for the golf team, and returned the program from a club team to varsity status in 1982. From there, Desimone has taken Cal to 11 NCAA West Regionals (1990, '93, '95, '97, '98, '99, '00, '01, '02, '03, '04), as well as the 1995, '98, '99, '00 and '04 NCAA Championships. In addition to developing a winning program, Desimone has helped produce six All-Americans in Ben Furth, Charlie Wi, Garrett Larson, Dan Arroyo, Han Lee and Peter Tomasulo, and six Academic All-Americans, Furth, Bill Albers, Dan Coyle, Walter Chun, Scott Carlyle and Tomasulo (Furth, Albers and Chun were each selected twice).

According to Brunk, a key player in the Bears' Rose Bowl runs in the late 40's and early 50's, the Grand Master of the Year Award is based on four criteria - 1. The individual is, or has been, an active tournament competitor. 2. The individual has given time and talent in the support of the game of golf. 3. The individual is respected and recognized in Northern California golf circles. 4. The individual has made significant contributions to the game of golf. The award has been presented annually since 1982.

'I nominated Steve Desimone for this award because I thought he fulfilled all the qualifications,' said Brunk. 'Steve is a unique college golf coach. He is just as interested in his athletes' education as he is with their golf ability. When we first got together to bring the program back to varsity status, our goal was that Cal golf would provide a competitive program for young student-athletes who were also interested in acquiring an education from one of the finest institutions in the country.'

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