Ex-Cal player Diane Kwon, 21, dies

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Former Cal player Diane Kwon died Tuesday morning in her hometown of Fremont, Calif., head coach Nancy McDaniel said, citing information from family members.

Details about the death were unknown. Kwon was 21.


Diane Kwon

“We are all stunned and deeply saddened by the loss of Diane,” McDaniel wrote in an email. “What struck me most about her was her vivacious personality and the friendships that she forged wherever we went.”

Kwon played two seasons for the Bears. She traveled as a freshman in 2008-09, finishing 13th at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, and played the fall portion of her sophomore season before parting ways with the golf team. Kwon remained in Berkeley as a full-time student.

As a junior player, Kwon was an AJGA honorable mention All-American and spent some time in the top 10 of Golfweek’s Junior Rankings. She won the San Francisco City Championship in 2006 and ’07.

Cal senior Emily Childs, who roomed with Kwon, called her former teammate "a great friend."

"Her love for life was infectious, and everyone who knew her could attest to that," Childs said. "She was not only tons of fun, but Diane was also a compassionate and loyal person. I consider myself lucky to have been one of her close friends and roommates while in college.

"A couple things you may not know about Diane was that she was a really good dancer and she put ketchup on everything. I only wish everyone could have experienced the joy she gave to me. Diane will be very much missed on and off the golf course."

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