Cal Men's Golf Adds Three Standouts to Program

Nov. 15, 2007

BERKELEY - Three outstanding junior golfers - Jamie Coré, Devin Hexner and Anthony Machi - signed National Letters of Intent to join the University of California men's golf program, Cal head coach Steve Desimone announced on Wednesday. The three high school seniors will join the program for the fall of 2008.

'By adding Jamie, Devin and Anthony to the talented group of players we have now, I like how things are falling into place,' Desimone said. 'It reminds me of the years leading up to our 2004 National Championship - a group of guys who know what they need to do to get better and who will work extremely hard to achieve it. I see a lot of promise for years to come.'

Coré, son of Chris Coré and Donna Palo Pivarnik, is a product of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and attends the renowned Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, N.H. Highlights in 2007 for Coré have included being selected as both team MVP and team captain for Exeter's golf and hockey squads, becoming the youngest men's champion at Beaconsfield in its 103-year history and top five finishes at the CJGA Euro Junior Golf Qualifier, Golf Quebec-Estival Championship, and RCGA CN Future Links Prairie Championship. In addition, he was recently selected by 2003 Masters Champion Mike Weir as one of six Canadian junior golfers to attend the Mike Weir Junior Invitational in December 2007.

'Jamie is a tremendous athlete, and I know he's going to come to Cal and give 100 percent,' Desimone said. 'He's young in the game, and with the ability to play golf year-round, the sky's the limit for this young man.'

Hexner, from The Urban School of San Francisco, is the son of Michael Hexner and Karen Justis. Highlights for Hexner include being named first-team all-league and finishing as a medalist in the 2006 North Coast Section Championship, as well as qualifying for the San Francisco City Championship, the California State Amateur Championship, the Northern California Stroke Play Championship and the First Tee Open Pro-Am at Pebble Beach. He also serves as the student representative at The Urban School Board of Trustees.

'Devin is a competitor, and he flat out just wants to win,' Desimone said. 'Combining that with his great work ethic, you have the formula for success and that's what I see for Devin: success.'

Machi caps off the list of Desimone's 2008 blue-chip recruits. The son of Gerry and Kathy Machi, he attends Foothill High School in Pleasanton, Calif. His resumé consists of leading Foothill to the CIF Northern California Team Championship and North Coast Section Championship, being selected to the Northern California Junior America's Cup Team back-to-back years (2006-2007) - helping the squad place third with rounds of 71-73-69. Machi also won the 2007 Castlewood Junior, placed second in the 2007 East Bay Junior Golf Championship and recorded a top-15 finish in the AJGA Golf World West Coast Championship.

'Anthony is tough, talented, team-oriented and works hard at everything he puts his mind to,' Desimone said. 'He's going to make a real name for himself in college golf, and let's just say I'm glad it's going to be here at Cal.'

The Cal men's golf team opens its 2008 spring campaign on Jan. 29, competing in the Ping/Arizona Intercollegiate in Tucson. In addition to playing some of the top courses in the West and a trip to Hawaii in February, the Bears will host the 2008 Pac-1o Championship at The Meadow Club in Fairfax from April 28-30.

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