Police deem death of former Cal golfer Diane Kwon ‘suspicious’ 

Former University of California at Berkeley golfer Diane Kwon, 21, was found dead in a Fremont parking lot late Monday night, and police said they are investigating the “suspicious” death.

A passerby spotted the body of the two-time San Francisco City Championship winner in a parking lot behind 3950 Mowry Ave. — a location that formerly housed a Barnes and Noble bookstore — at about 11 p.m. on Labor Day, police said.

Kwon’s body was found near her four-door black 2003 Honda Accord, police said.

As of this morning, the Alameda County coroner’s bureau had not yet determined the cause of Kwon’s death.

Before attending Cal, Kwon won two consecutive San Francisco city championships in 2006 and 2007. She was also a top-ranked high school amateur and was ranked in the top-10 by the magazine Golfweek at one point in her career, according to the university’s athletics department.

Kwon played two seasons at Cal. As a freshman in 2008-2009, she helped lead the Bears to a top-25 ranking and a spot in the NCAA West Regional. The following season, she played in four tournaments for the Bears, contributing to the team’s top-10 ranking, an athletics spokeswoman said.

Her one-time coach, Nancy McDaniel, declined to comment about Kwon’s death.

Fremont police are asking anyone with information related to the case to contact investigators at (510) 790-6900.

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