CURRENT INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS: Collegiate - GolfweekGENERAL: Redshirted as a true freshman in 2011-12 while recovering from a wrist injury and did not play in the fall of 2012 ... game has continued to improve ... a hard worker with a solid game that includes notably strong ball striking and iron play.
2012-13 (AS A FRESHMAN): Picked up Co-Most Improved Player along with Cameron Shaw and a first-year `Big-C' award at the team's annual awards banquet ... posted a 75.00 stroke average in one event and three rounds ... tied for 54th in his first collegiate action playing as an individual at Arizona Intercollegiate (81-69-75 - 225, +12) ... did not play in the fall of 2012.
2011-12 (AS A FRESHMAN): Redshirted ... did not play.
AMATEUR: 2013 - Second at Silicon Valley Amateur (70-75 - 145) ... tied for third at Alameda Commuters (69-67-68-74 - 278) ... tied for sixth at New Year's Invitational (72-71-72-69 - 284) ... reached Round of 16 at San Francisco City Championship. 2012 - Ended the year ranked 24th in California, 113th in U.S. and 248th in world according to amateurgolf.com ... captured the prestigious Pacific Northwest Amateur match-play event by winning six matches after qualifying during stroke play (71-74 - 145) ... tied for ninth at Santa Clara County Amateur (73-69-76 - 218) ... tied for 19th at State Fair Amateur (67-75-69 - 211) ... tied for 20th at Pacific Coast Amateur (77-75-75-71 - 298). 2011 - Ended the year ranked 123rd in California according to amateurgolf.com, while he was 41st in the organization's tournament series ... fourth at weather-shortened amateurgolf.com Alister MacKenzie Cup (71-36 - 107) and Palo Alto City Championship (72-68 - 140) ... 13th at Alameda Commuters (70-73-71-75 - 289) ... reached Round of 16 at California Amateur ... tied for 19th at amateurgolf.com Silicon Valley Amateur (77-73 - 150) ... ranked as high as No. 93 according to Golfweek. 2010 - Ended the year ranked 333rd in California according to amateurgolf.com, while he was 22nd in the organization's tournament series ... second at AJGA Castlewood (69-69-65 - 203) ... tied for third at Diablo Valley Amateur (68-72 - 140) ... reached match-play semifinals at San Mateo County Championship ... tied for 13th at amateurgolf.com Christmas Classic (70-74 - 144). 2009 - Ended the year ranked 256th in California according to amateurgolf.com, while he was 77th in the organization's tournament series ... NCGA Junior Player of the Year ... drained a 25-foot putt on the first playoff hole to win Junior All-Star at Lake Havasu (69-65-74 - 218) ... won NCGA Junior Tour events at Poplar Creek (70-65 - 135), Oakmont Country Club (68-68 - 136) and Poppy Hills (72-74 - 146) ... second at AJGA Castlewood (70-68-67 - 205) behind current Cal teammate Michael Weaver and at San Mateo County (69-69-61 - 199) ... 11th at amateurgolf.com Christmas Classic (71-73 - 144). 2008 - Won three straight California Junior Tour events at Coyote Creek (71-71 - 142), Del Monte (67-76 - 143) and Eagle Ridge (76-75 - 151).
ARCHBISHOP MITTY HS: A 2011 graduate of Archbishop Mitty High School ... Most Valuable Player of his squad for each of his final three prep campaigns ... led his team to a pair of West Catholic Athletic League titles in his final two prep seasons, 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 (1:11.27) ... named to the Principal's Honor Roll for three years.
OTHER: Full name is Shotaro Brian Ban ... undeclared major but intending to major in interdisciplinary studies ... parents are Hideyuki Ban and Susan Chang ... born August 13, 1993, in San Jose, Calif.
GETTING TO KNOW SHOTARO: Nickname ... Shotime The reason I love golf is ... it challenges you in all aspects, mostly in the mental game The teammate I admire most is ... Max Homa because of his discipline and work ethic 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