As Haskins voting period ends, Kim still the favorite
Only four days remain to cast a ballot for the annual Haskins Award. The honor is given to the top college player, as determined by votes from his peers and from people active in the college game. Polls close June 9 at midnight.
Three days after the end of the season, California’s Michael Kim remains a favorite.
Kim, a sophomore, ended the season at the top of the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, and with four individual titles. He finished T-49 in stroke play at the national championship, his worst finish of the season, and lost both matches later in the week as Cal bowed out in the semifinals.
A day after the national championship, Kim accepted the Jack Nicklaus Award, presented by the Golf Coaches Association of America to the top player in college golf. A day after that, Kim qualified for the U.S. Open at the sectional qualifier in Ball Ground, Ga.
Brandon Stone, the Texas freshman who Tuesday announced he had turned professional and joined the IMG stable, is the only first year among the top 10 players in Golfweek’s rankings. Stone, No. 2 individually, already has been named the NCAA Freshman of the Year for a body of work that included three victories and seven top-10 finishes. He never finished worse than T-36 in 12 starts this season, and was T-2 in stroke play at the NCAA Championship.
Alabama juniors Bobby Wyatt (No. 3) and Cory Whitsett (No. 4) are next in Golfweek’s rankings. Both went undefeated in match play as Alabama won the NCAA Championship on June 2.
Whitsett, who led Alabama in scoring this season, won three times in the spring and twice finished third. Wyatt won the SEC Championship on April 21.
Fellow Crimson Tide player Justin Thomas, last year’s Haskins Award winner, ended the season ranked No. 6 by Golfweek, and with two victories on his sophomore resume.
TCU’s Julien Brun is ranked No. 5, and was a finalist for the Ben Hogan Award, which is presented to the top college golfer based on college and amateur results in a 12-month span. Brun had three victories and nine top-10 finishes this season.
Ballots can be cast at www.haskinsaward.com. Eligible voters include active Division I players and coaches, national golf writers and columnists, golf specific broadcasters and past recipients of the Haskins Award.