Nov. 16, 2005
BERKELEY, CALIF. - The University of California men's golf program has signed three highly-ranked junior golfers - Evan Derian, Chris Jensen and Andrey Mindirgasov - to National Letters of Intent, it was announced today by Golden Bear head coach Steve Desimone.
Derian, from Manhattan Beach's Mira Costa High School, is the son of Cal alumnus, Steve Derian, and is ranked the No. 73 top junior golfer by Golkweek Magazine. Highlights for Derian include four Top-10 finishes in 2005 AJGA events - the Hanmi Bank Junior Open (fourth), the Coto de Caza Junior (sixth), the Mission Hills Desert Junior (seventh), and the PING Junior at Diablo Grande (10th). He has two Top-5 finishes in 2005 SCPGA events as well - the Tournament of Champions (fourth) and the Westfield PGA Junior Section Championship (fifth).
The younger brother of current Cal golfer Michael Jensen, Chris Jensen, who hails from Los Altos and attends St. Francis High School, is currently ranked No. 38 by Golkweek Magazine. Highlights for Jensen include qualifying for the 2005 US Amateur at Merion Golf Club, back-to-back 2005 FCWT victories at Teal Bend and Turkey Creek, 2004 US Junior Amateur Qualifier Medalist at Stanford Golf Course, and the 2004 JGANC Golfer of the Year.
Mindirgasov, from Pacific Grove High School, comes to Cal ranked No. 168 by Golkweek Magazine. His highlights in 2005 include a runner-up finish in the Northern California Junior Championship, a sixth place at the Sacramento Country Junior, and a seventh place finish in the AJGA Hanmi Bank Junior Open, 16th in the AJGA PING Phoenix Junior, and 18th in the PING Junior at Diablo Grande.
"This could be the best recruiting class for Cal Golf in a number of years," said Desimone, who led the Bears to the 2004 NCAA title. "I am fortunate to have Chris, Evan, and Andrey coming in. These guys are excellent players and students. They have a drive and spirit that I really look forward to coaching next year."