BERKELEY – The fourth-ranked Cal men’s golf program announced the signings of Sebastian Crampton (Pacific Grove, CA/Robert Louis Stevenson), Ben Doyle (La Jolla, CA/La Jolla HS), Tanner Hughes (Livermore, CA/Foothill HS) and KK Limbhasut (Bangkok, Thailand/Redlands HS/Redlands, CA) to national letters of intent Wednesday. The four current high school seniors will arrive at Cal in August of 2014.
Limbhasut (No. 20) and Doyle (No. 48) are both ranked among the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Boys Rankings as of Oct. 30.
“To say that I am pleased with the 2014 recruiting class would be a major understatement,” head coach Steve Desimone said. “We've had some very good recruiting classes over the years most notably with the 2009 class of Brandon Hagy, Max Homa and Michael Weaver. I certainly believe this class can be as good if not better than the '09 recruits. I know those are lofty expectations on them, but I wouldn't say it if I didn't believe it. Sebastian, Ben, Tanner and K.K. all have the potential to make major contributions to this program, and I see no limits to what they can accomplish both on and off the golf course. They have a bright future ahead of them as long as they continue to work hard in school and golf, which I know they will."
"We've been a pretty good run the last few years, and with the signing of these four players, I see us continuing to play and compete with the best teams in the country,” Desimone added. “These guys aren't afraid of competition, and I love that spirit about them!"
Crampton’s highlights include halving a match against Masters’ sensation Guan Tianlang when the USA and China played a series of youth matches in 2012. He also nearly missed qualifying for the 2012 U.S. Open by a single stroke at sectional qualifying, has twice reached the quarterfinals of the Northern California Golf Association’s Amateur Match Play (2012, 2013) and tied for sixth in the stroke-play portion of the event in 2013. In addition, he was third at the 2013 Champions Invitational. Sebastian is the son of Martin and Susan Crampton
"Committing to Cal was one of my most memorable experiences,” Crampton said. “Knowing that I have the opportunity to attend one of the best universities in the world is hard to believe. Along with the academics, being a part of one of the top golf programs in the nation is incredible. I cannot wait for my upcoming years at Cal."
“Sebastian is a tough competitor and comes up big in pressure situations,” Desimone said. “You combine those two, and you have got the ingredients for a player that we can depend on. I look forward to seeing great things from Sebastian in the future.”
Doyle was named the 2013 San Diego Union-Tribune Player of the Year after winning the San Diego Section title during his junior campaign. He also has had an amateur victory at the 2012 Eddie Hogan Cup, was second at both the 2013 Toyota Cup Tour Championship and USGA Jr. Am Qualifier, and placed seventh at the 2013 SCGA Amateur. Other top junior showings in 2013 have included a 10th place finish at the AJGA Heather Farr, as well as 22nd-place showings at the Callaway Junior World and AJGA Junior Players. In addition, he was a 2013 Future Collegians World Tour (FCWT) Academic All-American and on the HP Scholastic Honor Roll. Ben is the son of Mark and Lenna Doyle.
“Cal has always been a school of my dreams and it feels so good to know that I am part of a team that’s second to none,” Doyle said.
“Ben is an outstanding individual who will thrive here at Cal,” Desimone said. “He is an excellent student, a methodical player, and his play on the golf course speaks loud and clear. He’s going to be a major contributor to all aspects of this program and the University.”
Hughes earned Contra Costa Times All-East Bay and first-team All-East Bay Athletic League honors each of his first three prep seasons and won the 2012 North Coast Section title as a sophomore. He was third at the North Coast Section Championship as a junior in 2013 when he was also his school’s MVP. Hughes has highlighted his junior play with a pair of fifth-place showings at the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur Qualifier and the 2012 AJGA Diablo Grande Championship. He was also seventh at the AJGA Championship at Traditions and 19th at the Western Junior Championship in 2012. In addition, Hughes is a two-time CIF Scholar-Athlete (2011, 2013) for those with a GPA 3.5 and above. Tanner is the son of John and Pamela Hughes.
“Being part of the Cal golf program is a dream come true for me,” Hughes said. “I am honored to be part of such a great team.”
“Tanner’s work ethic and determination are second to none, and I know he’s going to give 100% every day he’s here at Cal,” Desimone said. “Combine that with his sense of team, and Tanner will make for an incredible teammate. As a coach, what more can you ask of a player?”
Limbhasut was sixth at the 2012 Callaway Junior World Golf Championship and a 2013 Rolex Junior All-American second-team selection. He has won four junior events in the last three years with victories at the Toyota Tour Cup Championship (2010), AJGA Under Armour/Gary Woodland Championship (2012), Jones Cup Junior (2012) and Toyota Tour Cup at Indian Wells (2013). He was also second at the 2013 Toyota Tour Cup Invitational at Westin Mission Hills and ninth at the 2011 Footjoy Invitational.
"This will be one of the biggest steps that will change my life,” Limbhasut said. “Cal has always been my dream school, and I'm excited to spend the next four years of my life there."
“When I think of KK, I think of someone that is the consummate worker, fierce competitor and calm under pressure,” Desimone said. “I believe in his last 18 competitive rounds that 14 of them have been under par. Talk about competing at a high level!"
Cal will return to action to open its 2014 spring season January 27-28 at the Arizona Intercollegiate following a fall campaign that included three victories in five events by a combined total of 61 shots, as well as third and fourth-place finishes to give the Bears 21 victories over their last 33 stroke-play events since the beginning of the 2011-12 season and top-five finishes in all 33.
Cal has been NCAA semifinalists each of the past two campaigns and posted a historic 2012-13 season that is considered by many as one of the finest in the history of college golf when Cal won 12 of 14 stroke-play tournaments to set a modern-era NCAA single-season record. Cal was ranked No. 1 in the final 2012-13 team rankings by both Golfweek and Golfstat despite losing to Illinois in the match-play semifinals of the NCAA Championship. Among Cal’s victories during the season were second consecutive NCAA Regional (Pullman) and Pac-12 titles.
2014 Cal Men’s Golf Signing Class
NAME (Pronunciation), YR, EXP, HOMETOWN (LAST SCHOOLS)
Sebastian Crampton, Fr., HS, Pacific Grove, CA (Robert Louis Stevenson HS)
Ben Doyle, Fr., HS, La Jolla, CA (La Jolla HS)
Tanner Hughes, Fr., HS, Livermore, CA (Foothill HS)
KK Limbhasut (lip-AH-sud), Fr., HS, Bangkok, Thailand (Redlands HS/Redlands CA)