BOULDER – Brittany Fan has signed a National Letter of Intent to play golf and continue her education at the University of Colorado in 2014-15, head coach Anne Kelly announced Friday.
“We are very excited to have Brittany Fan join our team in 2014,” Kelly said. “(Assistant) coach Brent Franklin first saw her play at an AJGA event in Aspen several years ago and although her scores weren’t the best at that time, he was impressed. She was a fairly new golfer at the time, but there was something he liked when he watch her. I had the chance to watch her play as well and agreed – she is a highly talented player, especially for being a little late to the game.
“Brittany is an extremely hard worker and dedicated athlete. She will make an immediate impact on our team, not only with her golf skills, but also with her attitude and work ethic. Brittany had a very good summer of golf this past season. It was fun to watch her compete and to see how far her game has come in a few short years. I am so happy, that officially, we can call her a Buff!”
Fan, a 5-foot-9 Pearl City, Hawaii native, joins Christine Kim (Pahoa, Hawaii, 2007-10) as just the second CU women’s golfer to come from the Aloha State.
Fan attended the Kapalama Campus of the Kamehameha Schools before finishing her last year and a half of schooling online so she could increase her golf training. Fan graduated in August 2013, but due to her young age, took time off between high school and college to further improve her golf game. For her golf training, Fan attended the KMR School of Golf, a PGA of America Approved Golf School based at the Ko’olau Golf Club.
She had an overall average of fifth in the Interscholastic League of Hawaii and was named a second-team Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-Star. During her time at the Kamehameha Schools, Fan earned both academic and outstanding achievement awards.
Fan has had several impressive performances as an amateur, including competing in numerous Hawaii state events where she was only one of a few females competing in a male-dominated field. Fan claimed low-amateur honors at the Colorado Women’s Open. After becoming the only amateur to advance to the final round, Fan matched her career-best with a final round of 3-under par 69.
Fan lists her other biggest moments of her young career as her top 15 finishes at the USGA Women’s Amateur and the PGA Junior Championship. At the USGA Women’s Amateur, Fan was the fifth low qualifier, with a score of 72-69–141. She made it to the Round of 32, where she fell to NCAA Champion (and future Pac-12 Conference opponent) Annie Park of USC. Fan placed 13th at the PGA Junior Championship after shooting an impressive 71-72-69-76–288.
Fan was the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association Match Play Girl Champion and the Makalei Invitational Ladies Champion (73-69–142). She placed fifth at the Golfweek West Coast Junior Invitational (74-74–148). She also had top 20 performances at the Joanne Winter Arizona Silver Belle and the 2012 and ’13 Callaway Junior World Championships.
Brittany Mahina Wei Ling Fan was born in Honolulu on December 29, 1995. Her parents are Freddy Fan and Sharon Zambo-Fan. She has one brother, Michael, who plays golf at the Air Force Academy. Fan enjoys cooking, photography and exercise. In addition to golf, Fan has also performed vocally at various local events.
Fan says she chose Colorado for the coaching staff’s experience and passion for the game. Fan views Colorado as a place where she could elevate her game to the next level, get a great education and become part of a National Championship team. She says CU’s facilities are first class when it comes to developing a well-balanced athlete. She also enjoys Boulder’s “healthy environment.” Fan plans to major in business communications at Colorado. She also has an interest in advertising. After college, Fan hopes to play on the LPGA Tour and become the No. 1 ranked golfer in the world.