Ban Brothers’ Winning Weekend Started at Driving Range
March 11, 2014
Immediately following his win Sunday at the annual San Francisco City Championship, San Jose resident Shintaro Ban (pictured above) tried to call his older brother Shotaro to tell him the great news.
Shintaro didn’t get through, and later found out why.
Around the same time as his win, Shotaro was across the bay in Brentwood winning the amateurgolf.com Diablo Valley Amateur Championship. In a four-man playoff, nonetheless.
And just how did the two get into golf? As Shintaro, a senior at Archbishop Mitty explained, the brothers got into the game after their father started bringing them to the driving range as kids.
“My dad would bring us to the range,” said Shintaro, who defeated veteran Rick Reinsberg 8 and 7 to win the title. “That was our big influence.”
Now over a decade later, it is the older Shotaro, a red-shirt sophomore at No.2 ranked Cal, who is Shintaro’s biggest influence.
“When I saw him go to Cal I told myself I want to do the exact same thing,” said Shintaro, who is set to start playing at UNLV this fall. “He’s been a huge influence.”