Cal sophomore Michael Kim wins Haskins Award
You can add Haskins Award winner to the list of accomplishments for Michael Kim this season.
The sophomore became the first Cal player in 43 years to win the award, which is given to the national player of the year in men’s college golf and selected by voting from players, coaches and members of the national media.
“I’m really honored and excited to be the winner of the Haskins Award,” Kim said. “It’s unbelievable to think my name will be on the same trophy as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and many others.”
Although the award was announced Tuesday by the Fred Haskins Commission, Kim will be presented with the award on July 2 at a dinner before the PGA Tour's Greenbrier Classic. Kim will receive a sponsor exemption into the tournament, which will take place July 4-7 at Old White TPC in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.
Kim won a school-record four times and finished in the top 10 in 10 of 14 stroke-play events this season. He also helped the Golden Bears to 11 team victories. He previously was honored with the Jack Nicklaus Award and Golfweek Player of the Year honors, and finished the season as a first-team All-American and No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.
Kim, of Del Mar, Calif., will play in this week’s U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., after making it through sectional qualifying. He also helped the United States capture the Palmer Cup last weekend against Europe's top collegians.
“This is further recognition of Michael’s tremendous season,” Cal head coach Steve Desimone said. “This award is so special because it includes a vote of his peers in college golf and the sport’s coaches. They know he was the best player in college golf this year.”
Kim led three Cal players to finish among the top 5 in voting, with runner-up Max Homa and Brandon Hagy. Teammates Bobby Wyatt and Cory Whitsett of national-champion Alabama also were in the top 5.