Ben An to Play at 2010 Masters Golf Tournament

April 7, 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, will play in the 2010 Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club this Thursday-Sunday, Apr. 5-8. An is only the second Cal men's golfer to play in the event since Steve Desimone became the Golden Bears' head coach in 1980.

The Korean-born An qualified for the 2010 Masters when he became the youngest-ever U.S. Amateur champion last August at 17 years of age. He is currently a senior at Bradenton (Fla.) Preparatory Academy.

'Ben is very excited,' said Desimone. 'I've tried to encourage him to enjoy himself, and also to have a great experience and learn more about the game, what the great players do and how they do it.'

'There is no way to go up to the first tee at Augusta and not have butterflies,' continued Desimone. 'There's nothing like going up to the first tee at Augusta. It will be interesting to see how he handles himself, but I expect that he will handle himself well. I'm really happy and proud of him, and it's great to have him as a Golden Bear.'

Robert Hamilton, the runner-up in the 2000 U.S. Amateur, is the only other men's golfer from Cal during Desimone's time as the program's head coach to have played in the Masters.

An will be paired with Angel Cabrera (Argentina) and Jim Furyk (United States) in the first round of the event on Thursday. The group will tee off at 10:24 a.m. ET/7:24 a.m. PT.

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