Nov. 9, 2011
(BERKELEY) - The Cal men's golf program has signed four golfers - Walker Huddy (Studio City, CA/Calabasas HS), Keelan Kilpatrick (Christchurch, New Zealand/St. Bede's College), Cameron Shaw (Duffield, Derbyshire, England) and James Yoon - to National Letters of Intent. Kilpatrick will begin his Cal career in January of 2012 when the Golden Bears begin the spring portion of their 2011-12 schedule January 30-31 at the Arizona Intercollegiate. The other three signees will arrive at Cal in the fall of 2012.
"With Keelan coming in January, and Walker, Cameron and James enrolling next August, the program will continue to be nationally competitive for years to come as we seek a second NCAA championship," head coach Steve Desimone said. "They fit the mold we look for of good students, good golfers and good citizens. They will represent the University, Cal Athletics and the Cal golf community in way that will make everyone proud. Go Bears!"
Huddy, son of Robert Huddy and Deborah Amelon, finished second at the Marmonte League Tournament (67-78-72-66 - 283) and Los Angeles City Junior Championship (67-70-73 - 210), as well as third in the American Junior Golf Association Aspen Junior Golf Classic (77-73-69 - 219) and AJGA Junior at Diablo Grande (76-69 - 145) to highlight his 2011 amateur performances. He was also the 2010 Marmonte League champion and conference MVP. In 2008, he won the Arnold Palmer Award as the Desert Junior Player of the Year. Academically, Huddy has been a two-time member of AJGA-HP Scholastic Honor Roll.
"Walker is a dedicated student and golfer who strives to keep getting better and better," Desimone said. "He's had some low final rounds in big tournaments, and that's a good sign. It shows that he can handle and excel under pressure."
Kilpatrick, son of Steve and Geraldine Kilpatrick, is a member of the New Zealand Golf Srixon Academy that consists of the country's top seven amateurs. He was named the 2010-11 Canterbury Junior Golfer of the Year after posting the lowest tournament average in the history of the award at 69.25 to win the Canterbury Golf Vardon Trophy. Kilpatrick is currently playing in the No. 1 spot for the team from the Canterbury province and represented New Zealand in the 2010 Trans Tasman Cup, where he served as captain of the Under-19 squad. Kilpatrick won the prestigious 2011 Waikato Winter Stroke Play (69-68-70-69 - 276) as well as placed runner up at 2011 North Island Stroke Play (70-70-67-71 - 278). He has also played in a pair of New Zealand PGA Charles Tour events in 2011, taking fourth at the NZPGA Muriwai Open (69-71-66-74 - 280) and seventh at the Tauranga Open (75-67-65-66 - 273). He was the second and third amateur on the leader board in those two events, respectively.
"The addition of Keelan in January will make this year's team that much better," Desimone said. "Keelan has a proven track record of competing with the best amateurs and pros in New Zealand, and I think he'll welcome the challenge of American college golf. He's an ambitious, driven young man, and that's a great combination to have in a player."
Shaw, son of Gary and Lindsey Shaw, qualified for match play at the 2011 British Boys Championship, finishing 10th in the stroke play portion (76-70 - 146). Also in 2011, he won the Derbyshire Boys title when he shot an opening-round 64 to set a course record at Kedleston Park. The performance followed medalist honors in the Derbyshire Boys Under-16 event the previous year in 2010 (72-74 - 146). He was unbeaten in two seasons of match play for Derbyshire in the Midlands League. Academically, Shaw has been recognized as a Sports Scholar at Repton School.
"Cameron is a real sleeper in the 2012 class," Desimone said. "Not many know about him, but that will change quickly. With his pedigree and working with Peter Cowen, Cameron will be a tremendous addition. He has all the makings to be a major contributor for years to come."
Yoon, son of Suk Young and Hae Won Yoon, currently attends IMG Academies and the IMG Pendleton School. He is a 2011 American Junior Golf Association Rolex Second-Team All-American and reached as high as 11th in the Polo Junior Golf rankings. Yoon was a member of the victorious East team of the 2011 Wyndham Cup going undefeated with a 2-0-2 record. In 2011, he won two major junior events in the Scott Robertson Memorial (73-66-68 - 207) and Golfweek Invitational (68-67 - 135), finished fourth at the Sea Pines Junior Heritage (69-75 - 144), and came in eighth at the AJGA Puerto Rico Junior Open (69-75-77 - 221). After shooting a score of 69, he narrowly missed qualifying for the Nationwide Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open by one shot.
"In terms of junior rankings, James might be one of the highest ranked players we've ever signed," Desimone said. "He's won two major national junior events and that's very impressive. He has a passion for golf and the work ethic to match that passion, and he simply loves to compete. If he could, he'd compete every week!"
2012 Cal Men's Golf Signing Class
NAME - YR - EXP - HOMETOWN (LAST SCHOOLS)
Walker Huddy - FR - HS - Studio City, CA (Calabasas HS)
Keelan Kilpatrick - FR - HS - Christchurch, New Zealand (St. Bede's College)
Cameron Shaw - FR - HS - Duffield, Derbyshire, England (Repton School)
James Yoon - FR - HS - Bradenton, FL (IMG Pendleton School)