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Shotaro Ban
Player Profile:
Shotaro Ban 1250143
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 155
Year: Senior
Hometown: San Jose, CA
High School: Archbishop Mitty HS
Experience: 3 Letters
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 Cal’s most experienced player and the only senior on the roster. He is also the only Cal player to have played at the NCAA Championship and twice at an NCAA Regional. Ban was in and out of the lineup for the early part of his career after being hampered by wrist injuries, but since becoming healthy prior to the 2015 spring season has been a mainstay in the lineup participating in 12 of 13 possible events during the 2015 calendar year. Ban was the only Cal player in the top three on three occasions in 2014-15 all in the spring with his first career victory at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate, a second-place finish at the Western Intercollegiate that was the best ever by a Cal player at the event and a tied for third-place showing at the Arizona Intercollegiate. He also has been in the top 20 in both of his appearances at both the Pac-12 Championship and NCAA Regional action. Ban has also won several notable honors during his collegiate career including Division I PING All-West Region, second-team All-Pac-12, honorable mention Pac-12 All-Academic, team MVP and Cal's Ben Furth Award selections as a 2014-15 junior as well as being named Cal’s Co-Most Improved Player during his 2012-13 redshirt freshman campaign. In addition, Ban has had several strong showings in his amateur career outside of Cal most recently by becoming the first Golden Bear to win the California State Amateur in 2015 when he finished the season as the No. 43 ranked amateur player in the world. The victory is one of 21 top-10 finishes since 2011 including eight in 2015.

Coach Comments/Notes
● The team's lone senior on the roster and the only one to have played at the NCAA Championships
● Has made tremendous growth and matured as both a person and a player during his Cal career
● Has a strong work ethic and continues to make solid improvement
● Solid in all areas of the game including being a good ball striker who is a solid putter and good green reader
● Has battled for a spot in the lineup on a regular basis throughout his career and is expected to continue to play a prominent role on the team in the spring of 2016
● Has the ability to put up low numbers in competition
● Has a pattern of playing his best golf each spring
● Has made a name for himself in amateur golf by playing solid golf in top-end events including becoming Cal's first-ever winner of the California State Amateur in 2015

Cal Career (2011 – Current/Fall 2015)
● Stats – 23 stroke-play events, 59 rounds, 4271 strokes, 72.39 stroke average
● Individual Medalist Honors – 1 (John A. Burns Intercollegiate, Spring 2015)
● Top-10 Finishes – 5 with 3 in Top 5 (1st, John A. Burns Intercollegiate, Spring 2015; 2nd, Western Intercollegiate, Spring 2015; T3rd, Arizona Intercollegiate, Spring 2015; 6th, Jack Nicklaus Invitational, Fall 2013; T8th, Aggie Invitational, Spring 2014)
● Cal's Top Finisher – 3 (1st, John A. Burns Intercollegiate, Spring 2015; 2nd, Western Intercollegiate, Spring 2015; T3rd, Arizona Intercollegiate, Spring 2015)
● Low 54-Hole Score – 204, -6 (Western Intercollegiate, Spring 2015); 208, -8 (John A. Burns Intercollegiate, Spring 2015)
● Low 72-Hole Score – 282, +2 (Pac-12 Championship, Spring 2015)
● Low Round – 65 (Alister MacKenzie Invitational 2nd Round, Fall 2015)
● NCAA Championships – 1 (T105th, 2014)
● NCAA Regionals – 2 (T14th, NCAA Lubbock Regional, Spring 2015; T20th, NCAA Sugar Grove Regional, Spring 2014)
● Pac-12 Championships – 2 (T13th, Spring 2015; T16th, Spring 2014)
● Cal's active career leader in events (23), rounds played (59) and strokes (4271)

Fall 2015 (Senior)
● Stats – 4 stroke-play events, 12 rounds, 860 strokes, 71.67 stroke average
● Rankings (End of Fall 2015) – No. 170 Golfweek/Sagarin | No. 234 Golfstat 
● Top-10 Finishes – None
● Cal's Top Finisher – None
● Low 54-Hole Score – 205, -3 (Alister MacKenzie Invitational, Fall 2015)
● Low 72-Hole Score – Has Not Played 72 Holes
● Low Round – 65 (Alister MacKenzie Invitational 2nd Round, Fall 2015)
● Golfweek Rating – 71.14
● Golfweek Schedule Rank – 73.10 (249)
● Golfweek Records – vs. Top 25 (1-8-0), vs. Top 50 (5-23-0), vs. Top 100 (13-39-3), vs. Overall (290-86-13)
● Cal's lone senior
● Registered a 71.67 stroke average that was third on the team
● Finished in the top 30 in each of the four events he played
● Finished under par in five of 12 rounds and par or better six times with all six during a stretch in which he was even par or better in six of seven rounds spanning at least one round of each of his final three tournaments and including his career-low round of six-under par 65 in the second round of the Alister MacKenzie Invitational

T14. Alister MacKenzie Invitational (72-65-68 – 205, -3)
T18. Nick Watney Invitational (71-69-71 – 211, -2)
T23. Tavistock Collegiate Invitational (69-74-79 – 222, +6)
T27. Gopher Invitational (74-75-73 – 222, +9)

2014-15 (Junior)
● Stats – 9 stroke-play events, 28 rounds, 2005 strokes, 71.61 stroke average
● Final Rankings/Ratings/Records – No. 41 Golfweek/Sagarin | No. 45 Golfstat 
● Top-10 Finishes – 3 with 3 in Top 5 (1st, John A. Burns Intercollegiate, Spring 2015; 2nd, Western Intercollegiate, Spring 2015; T3rd, Arizona Intercollegiate, Spring 2015)
● Cal's Top Finisher – 3 (1st, John A. Burns Intercollegiate, Spring 2015; 2nd, Western Intercollegiate, Spring 2015; T3rd, Arizona Intercollegiate, Spring 2015)
● Low 54-Hole Score – 204, -6 (Western Intercollegiate, Spring 2015); 208, -8 (John A. Burns Intercollegiate, Spring 2015)
● Low 72-Hole Score – 282, +2 (Pac-12 Championship, Spring 2015)
● Low Round – 67 (three times – John A. Burns Intercollegiate First Round, Fall 2014; Western Intercollegiate Third Round, Spring 2015; NCAA Lubbock Regional Third Round, Spring 2015)
● Golfweek Rating – 70.22
● Golfweek Schedule Rank – 72.96 (151)
● Golfweek Records – vs. Top 25 (10-23-1), vs. Top 50 (23-33-4), vs. Top 100 (64-63-6), vs. Overall (555-131-24)
● Earned several honors including Division I PING All-West Region, second-team All-Pac-12, honorable mention Pac-12 All-Academic, team MVP and Cal's Ben Furth Award selections with the latter given for academic and athletic excellence
● Finished the season as Cal's top-ranked player according to both Golfweek/Sagarin (No. 41) and Golfstat (No. 45)
● Stroke average ranked second on team
● The only Cal player with three finishes in the top three
● Cal's top finisher in three of eight spring events to rank second on the team behind KK Limbhasut's five total and four spring team-leading outings including his first collegiate win at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate
● Second-place finish at the Western Intercollegiate was the best showing ever by a Cal player in the event's 69-year history
● Registered a career-high-tying totals of nine events and 28 rounds played
● Shot par or better in 15 of his 18 rounds and was under par on 12 occasions
● Both began and concluded his postseason play with rounds of 67 on the opening 18 holes of the Pac-12 Championships with a three-under par effort and the final round of the NCAA Lubbock Regional with a four-under par performance

1. John A. Burns Intercollegiate (67-72-69 – 208, -8)
2. Western Intercollegiate (68-69-67 – 204, -6)
T3. Arizona Intercollegiate (70-70-69 – 209, -4)
T13. Pac-12 Championships (67-71-73-71 – 282, +2)
T14. NCAA Lubbock Regional (73-72-67 – 212, -1)
T17. National Invitational Tournament (76-70-72 – 218, +2)
T23. Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters (73-72-70 – 215, -1)
T29. Aggie Invitational (75-74-79 – 228, +12)
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
● Registered a career-high-tying totals of nine events and 28 rounds played

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

2016
● AmateurGolf.com Rankings – No. 9 California

T6. Silicon Valley Amateur (71-73 – 144)

2015
● Final AmateurGolf.com Rankings – 
No. 6 California, No. 26 US, No. 43 World ... 63 

1. California Amateur ... first current Cal player to win event and second overall with Charlie Wi taking the event in 1990 before starting his collegiate career at Nevada and later transferring to Cal ... wild week included a tied for 25th place finish in stroke play to tie for the final spot with seven others in a field of 32 that advanced to match play and then victories over Cal teammates Ben Doyle in the Round of 32 and Keelan Kilpatrick in the Round of 16
T1. U.S. Amateur Sectional Qualifying (69-67 – 136, -8) ... Turlock Golf & Country Club, Turlock, Calif.
T2. Saguaro Amateur (70-70-66 – 206)
3. The Players Amateur (71-70-63-70 – 274)
T5. Monroe Invitational (71-70-72-67 – 280)
T8. Patriot All-America (70-72-74 – 216, +3)
T8/DNQ. U.S. Open Local Qualifying (72, +1) ... Granite Bay Golf Club, Granite Bay, Calif.
9. Pacific Coast Amateur (70-71-70-71 – 282)
T14. Sahalee Players Championship (74-74-72-71 – 291)
T24. Southern Amateur (72-70-71-69 – 282)
T57/MC. Western Amateur (73-73 – 146)
MC. U.S. Amateur (75-72 – 147, +7)

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
● Appeared on KTVU Channel 2's Sports Wrap in June of 2015 to discuss the U.S. Open
● Brother, Shintaro Ban, is a 2015-16 sophomore 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
February 14, 2016

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