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Shotaro Ban
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 155
Year: Junior
Hometown: San Jose, CA
High School: Archbishop Mitty HS
Experience: 2 Letters
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Twitter: @realshotaroban | @calmensgolf
Instagram: shotime15 | calmensgolf
Current Rankings: AmateurGolf.comGolfstat | Golfweek/Sagarin | Scratch Players | WAGR
Cal Links: Career Stats
Pronunciation: SHOW-tar-o bahn

Ban is one of Cal’s most experienced players along with fellow junior Keelan Kilpatrick on a 2014-15 roster without a senior. He is the only Cal player with experience at the NCAA Championship level and one of only two along with Kilpatrick to have seen postseason action. Ban, who has been hampered by wrist injuries during his career, has been in and out of the lineup since his arrival in the fall of 2011 but is healthy and has played in each of the team's first four events in the spring of 2015, recording both his first career victory at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate and a tied for third-place showing at the Arizona Intercollegiate. Ban saw the most action of his career as a 2013-14 sophomore when he played in nine of 14 events, including all three in the postseason with a pair of top-20 finishes at the Pac-12 Championship (T16th) and NCAA Sugar Grove Regional (T20th) among five for the campaign that included a season-best sixth-place showing at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational in the fall of 2013. He was named Cal’s Co-Most Improved Player in 2012-13. Ban has had several strong showings in his amateur career outside of Cal most recently by tying for second at the 2015 Saguaro Amateur among 21 top-10 finishes since 2008.

Coach Comments/Notes
► One of the team’s most experienced players and the only one to have played at the NCAA Championship
► Has a strong work ethic and is solid in all areas of the game
► A good ball striker with a much improved short game
► Has battled for a spot in the lineup on a regular basis throughout his career and is expected to play a prominent role on the team in the spring of 2015
► Has the ability to put up low numbers in competition
► Has made a name for himself by playing solid golf in top-end amateur events including a strong 2014 summer

Cal Career (Thru April 1, 2015)
► Stats – 11 stroke-play events, 34 rounds, 2465 shots, 72.50 stroke average
► Individual Medalist Honors – 1 (John A. Burns Intercollegiate, Spring 2015)
► Top-5 Finishes – 2 (1st, John A. Burns Intercollegiate, Spring 2015; T3rd, Arizona Intercollegiate, Spring 2015)
► Top-10 Finishes – 4 (1st, John A. Burns Intercollegiate, Spring 2015; T3rd, Arizona Intercollegiate, Spring 2015; 6th, Jack Nicklaus Invitational, Fall 2013; T8th, Aggie Invitational, Spring 2014)
► Cal's Top Finisher – 2 (1st, John A. Burns Intercollegiate, Spring 2015; T3rd, Arizona Intercollegiate, Spring 2015)
► Low 54-Hole Score – 208, -8 (John A. Burns Intercollegiate, Spring 2015)
► Low 72-Hole Score – 294, +6 (Pac-12 Championship, Spring 2014)
► Low Round – 67 (Jack Nicklaus Invitational, Fall 2013)
► NCAA Championship – 1 (T105th, 2014)
► NCAA Regionals – 1 (T20th, 2014 Sugar Grove Regional)
► Pac-12 Championship – 1 (T16th, 2014)

2014-15 (Junior)
► Stats – 5 stroke-play events, 15 rounds, 1079 strokes, 71.73 stroke average
► Current Rankings/Rating/Records – Golfstat | Golfweek/Sagarin
► Top-5 Finishes – 2 (1st, John A. Burns Intercollegiate; T3rd, Arizona Intercollegiate)
► Top-10 Finishes – 2 (1st, John A. Burns Intercollegiate; T3rd, Arizona Intercollegiate)
► Cal's Top Finisher – 2 (1st, John A. Burns Intercollegiate; T3rd, Arizona Intercollegiate)

1. John A. Burns Intercollegiate (67-72-69 – 208, -8)
T3. Arizona Intercollegiate (70-70-69 – 209, -4)
T17. National Invitational Tournament (76-70-72 – 218, +2)
T23. Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters (73-72-70 – 215, -1)
T40. Gopher Invitational (73-79-77 – 229, +16)

2013-14 (Sophomore)
► Stats – 9 stroke-play events, 28 rounds, 2041 strokes, 72.89 stroke average
► Final Rankings – No. 98 Golfweek, No. 119 Golfstat
► Top-10 Finishes – 2 (6th, Jack Nicklaus Invitational; T8th, Aggie Invitational)
► Golfweek Rating – 71.22
► Golfweek Records – vs. Top 25 (5-46-1), vs. Top 50 (17-79-3), vs. Top 100 (43-122-5), vs. Overall (466-261-28)
► Had five top-20 finishes in nine events, including a pair in the first two postseason events of his career with a tied for 16th finish at the Pac-12 Championship and a tied for 20th showing at the NCAA Sugar Grove Regional
► Also played in his first NCAA Championship and finished tied for 105th
► Participated in each of the team’s final six events, including the first two as an individual and the final four in the lineup, after having not previously played since a career-best sixth-place finish at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational during the third tournament in the fall of 2013
► Tied for the second-best finish of his career and recorded his second top-10 showing of the season when he tied for eighth at the Aggie Invitational in his first event of the spring playing as an individual
► Participated in the team’s first three events of 2013-14, adding a tied for 12th place showing at the Saint Mary’s Invitational and a tied for 27th finish at the Gopher Invitational to his sixth-place performance at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational
► Shot under par in six of 28 rounds

6. Jack Nicklaus Invitational (68-72-72 – 212, -1)
T8. Aggie Invitational (71-75-77 – 223, +3) ... played as individual
T12. Saint Mary’s Invitational (69-73-78 – 220, +4)
T16. Pac-12 Championship (73-69-78-74 – 294, +6)
T20. NCAA Sugar Grove Regional (73-72-74 – 219, +3)
T27. Gopher Invitational (75-70-75 – 220, +7)
T33. Western Intercollegiate (72-73-70 – 215, +5)
T43. National Invitational Tournament (76-72-71 – 219, +3) ... played as individual
T105. NCAA Championship (70-74-75 – 219, +9)

2012-13 (Freshman)
► Stats – 1 event, 3 rounds, 225 strokes, 75.00 stroke average
► Final Rankings – *No. 83 Golfweek
*Rankings for a secondary list of golfers without enough rounds to qualify for regular rankings
► Earned team’s Co-Most Improved Player Award along with Cameron Shaw

T54. Arizona Intercollegiate (81-69-75 – 225, +12) ... played as individual

2011-12 (Freshman)
► Redshirted while recovering from a wrist injury
► Did not play

Amateur Highlights
2015

T2. Saguaro Amateur (70-70-66 – 206)

2014
► Final AmateurGolf.com Rankings – No. 20 California, No. 86 US, No. 201 World

T1. Diablo Valley Amateur (71-66 – 137)
T3. U.S. Amateur Sectional Qualifier (69-70 – 139) ... San Joaquin Country Club, Fresno, Calif.
T8. Monroe Invitational (66-71-71-67 – 275)
T15. Porter Cup (67-71-68-73 – 279)
T16. California State Fair Amateur (72-71-68 – 211)
T19. Sahalee Players Championship (73-78-69-74 – 294)
T27. Western Amateur (69-70-69-75 – 283)
Final 32. California Amateur
T34. Southern Amateur (69-74-77-80 – 300)

2013
► Final AmateurGolf.com Rankings – No. 31 California, No. 124 US, No. 254 World

2. Santa Clara County Amateur (69-66-74 – 209)
2. Silicon Valley Amateur (70-75 – 145)
T3. Alameda Commuters (69-67-68-74 – 278)
T4/First Alternate Qualifier. U.S. Amateur Qualifying (72-70 – 142) ... Brookwoods Country Club, Ontario, N.Y.
T6. New Year’s Invitational (72-71-72-69 – 284)
T17. Porter Cup (71-71-67-69 – 278)
T23. Sahalee Players Championship (75-74-78-69 – 296)
T34. Sunnehanna Amateur (70-74-70-75 – 289)

2012
► Missed many amateur events with a wrist injury

1. Pacific Northwest Amateur ... won six matches
T9. Santa Clara County Amateur (73-69-76 – 218)
T19. California State Fair Amateur (67-75-69 – 211)
T20. Pacific Coast Amateur (77-75-75-71 – 298)

2011
► Final AmateurGolf.com Rankings – No. 123 California

4. Alister MacKenzie Cup (71-36 – 107) ... tournament shortened to 27 holes due to inclement weather
4. Palo Alto City Championship (72-68 – 140)
13. Alameda Commuters (70-73-71-75 – 289)
Final 16. California Amateur
T19. Silicon Valley Amateur (77-73 – 150)

2007-11 (Archbishop Mitty HS)
► Most Valuable Player of his squad for each of his final three prep campaigns (2009, 2010, 2011)
► Led his team to a pair of West Catholic Athletic League titles in his final two prep seasons (2010, 2011), earning first-team All-WCAL honors as a senior
► Also a record-breaking prep swimmer, setting a national mark as part of a 200-meter medley relay squad and a Pacific Coast record in the 100-meter butterfly
► Named to the Principal’s Honor Roll three times

Other
► Full name is Shotaro Brian Ban
► Born August 13, 1993, in San Jose, Calif.
► Majoring in interdisciplinary studies
► Parents are Hideyuki Ban and Susan Chang
► Was a nationally competitive amateur swimmer
► Brother, Shintaro Ban, is a 2014-15 freshman golfer at UNLV

Getting To Know Shotaro
► Nickname ... Shotime
► The reason I love golf is ... it challenges you in all aspects, mostly in the mental game
► The Cal teammate I have admired most is ... Cameron Shaw because he has matured in the last from becoming a player with a lot of talent but not much confidence and focused on himself to a player showing his talent more confidence and more worried about the team than his own performance
► The favorite golf course I have played is ... Spyglass Hill
► The reasons I chose Cal are ... the environment and the people, and the university gives me so many opportunities that many other schools could not
► Since coming to Cal I have learned ... to be more open and caring and also have a good work ethic
► What sets Cal golf apart from other collegiate golf programs is ... we know what our goals are and work with a never-ending desire to succeed
► My favorite golf movie is ... The Greatest Game Ever Played
► If I were not playing college golf, I would be ... swimming collegiately
► The best advice I've ever received is ... no regrets (from Coach Desimone)
► One moment in history I wish I could have seen is ... Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech
► My best advice to youngsters would be ... to live life with no regrets

Last Updated
March 24, 2015

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