WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. – It was a special evening for Michael Kim. The University of California junior was honored Tuesday at The Greenbrier Resort, site of this week’s PGA Tour stop, as the 2013 Haskins Award winner.
Kim was presented the award after being voted college golf’s player of the year. For the second year in a row, the award was accompanied by a sponsor exemption in the Greenbrier Classic. Alabama’s Justin Thomas, the 2012 Haskins Award winner, last year made the cut and tied for 46th place with rounds of 67-71-66-72.
Kim joins a distinguished list of previous Haskins Award winners that includes Ben Crenshaw, Curtis Strange, Jay Haas, Scott Simpson, Bob Tway, Phil Mickelson, David Duval, Stewart Cink, Tiger Woods, Matt Kuchar, Luke Donald, Graeme McDowell, Hunter Mahan and Bill Haas.
Kim had an outstanding season in leading the top-ranked Golden Bears to 12 wins in 14 starts. Individually, he set a school record by winning four titles and ending the season with a 70.1 scoring average.
“For the guys you play against every week to vote for you,” Kim said of the award, “it has a special meaning to it.”
Lance Barrow, CBS Sports coordinating producer for NFL and golf, served as the guest speaker. Barrow, a 10-time Emmy Award winner, entertained the crowd and conducted a question-and-answer session with former Haskins Award winners Russell Henley (2010) and Bob Estes (1988).
In June, Michael Kim was the low amateur at the U.S. Open. With rounds of 73-70-71-76 at Merion Golf Club, Kim tied for 17th place.