Dec. 3, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - Patrick Soli, a standout golfer from Chabot College, and former San Benito star Ryan Han, have each signed national letters of intent with the UC Davis men's golf team during the recent early signing period and will join the program next fall, it was announced by head coach Cy Williams on Tuesday.
"We are very excited and proud to sign these two players," Williams said. "Both Ryan and Patrick are extremely accomplished student-athletes that will have the ability to come right in and compete for starting spots. They are both excellent students and each is looking forward to earning a degree from one of the top academic institutions in the world."
Soli, a 2011 graduate of Carlmont High School in Belmont, played the 2013 season at Chabot College where he led it to a Northern California Regional Championship by earning medalist honors with back-to-back rounds of 68. He was named All-NorCal, all-conference and co-most valuable player. Soli averaged 73.5 strokes this past season.
His success at Chabot followed a high school career in which Carlmont High School won a pair of league championships while he earned two All-San Mateo County honors. He was also a finalist at the CIF-Central Coast Section Championships. Soli won the 2013 Santa Cruz City Amateur Championship and tied for ninth at the San Jose City Amateur.
"Patrick comes to us as one of the top JC players in the state," Williams said. "He is a very polished player and when you watch him play you see that he has a strong all-around game. He has some big wins which shows us he can step in here and compete right away with our top players."
Soli is not the only outstanding golfer in his family. His father, Mick, was a PGA Tour player from 1979-1985 who played in more than 150 tour events including the U.S. Open.
Han has earned a trio of all-league honors at San Benito High School while also capturing league MVP honors as both a sophomore and junior. He helped lead his team to a trio of second-place league finishes and berths into both the Central Coast Section regionals and sectionals.
Han has enjoyed an accomplished junior career that began when he made a hole-in-one as a 10-year old. He most recently captured the 2013 PGA Southern California Toyota Tour Industry Hills Championship with a 2-under 140 total, while also winning events on the same tour last year at the Silver Rock Resort Championship (8 under) and Red Hawk Club Championship (1 under).
Han also highlighted his 2012 season by tying a course record at Mather Golf Course with his 9-under 63 during the California Junior State Fair. He has four other juniors titles including 2011 FCG National Tour at Rancho Canada when he fired an impressive 9-under 133.
"Ryan comes to us from Hollister with possibly the strongest resumè of any student-athlete we have recruited," said Williams. "He has won numerous tournaments and has shot in the low 60s on more than one occasion in tournament play.
"He has an excellent and fundamentally sound swing and a tremendous short game," he added. "It is clear he has been very well trained when you watch him compete. He is an extremely hard worker and we're excited to have him join our program."
UC Davis is in the midst of its 2013-14 season which will resume in February. The Aggies highlighted the fall portion of their schedule with a second-place finish at the prestigious Alister MacKenzie Invitational and a third-place showing at the SCVB Pacific Invitational. They also finished the fall ranked in the top 50 by Golfweek.