GOLDEN BEARS GOLF: Alumni Heads To Olympics; Coach Desimone Retires

GOLDEN BEARS GOLF: Alumni Heads To Olympics; Coach Desimone Retires

Olympic Family Tradition

Cal’s Byeong Hun An is set to be part of golf’s historic return to the Olympics. With Jordan Spieth’s withdrawal and Roray McIlroy’s withering comments, the future of golf in the Rio summer games remains uncertain. However, for University of California alumni Byeong-hun An, he enthusiastically prepares to follow in his parents’ footsteps and compete in the summer games. Both his parents were Olympic medalists in table tennis in 1988.

Byeong Hun An’s stellar career began when he moved to the U.S. at the age of 14 to attend the David Leadbetter Golf Academy in Florida. He became the youngest-ever winner of the U.S. Amateur tournament in 2009. At the Olympics, he will proudly be one of six golfers representing South Korea.

Cal Golf News

The Golden Bears finished the 2016 NCAA Men’s Golf Championships with a 10th place finish which marked the end of coach Steve Desimone’s long 37 career at the helm of Cal Men’s Golf. Other Cal golfers in the news include sophomore Collin Morikawa and former Golden Bear Brandon Hagy who were a tour de force during the final round of the Tour’s Air Capital Classic presented by Aetna. Morikawa reached a three-way playoff playing as an amateur in his first professional event at the Crestview Country Club before eventually finishing tied for second, while Hagy tied for fourth for his best finish ever on either the PGA Tour or Tour.

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