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Michael Kim
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Michael Kim 1250145
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 150
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Del Mar, CA
High School: Torrey Pines HS
Experience: 1 Letter

Kim announced he was turning professional on Dec. 19, 2013 to end a collegiate career in which he was the Golden Bears' first national player of the year in men’s collegiate golf in 2012-13 when he swept the Haskins Award, Golfstat Cup, Golfweek/Sagarin Player of the Year and Nicklaus Award for a Cal team that won 12 of 14 stroke-play tournaments to set a modern-era NCAA single-season record and was No. 1 in the final rankings by both Golfweek and Golfstat despite losing to Illinois in the match-play semifinals of the NCAA Championship.

Kim also earned first-team PING Division I All-American and All-West Region honors and was the Pac-12 Men's Golfer of the Year as a sophomore in 2012-13. In addition, he was of three finalists for The Ben Hogan Award given to the top amateur player among collegiate golfers. Kim was an individual medalist in 2012-13 a single-season school-record four times (Isleworth Collegiate Invitational, Arizona Intercollegiate, Fresno State Lexus Classic, Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters) and tied for second on two other occasions (Gopher Invitational, Western Intercollegiate) among his seven top-five and team-high 10 top-10 finishes.

Kim followed his 2012-13 collegiate season by earning a spot in the 2013 U.S. Open in June and then finishing as the low amateur in the event by tying for 17th place after rising to as high as tied for third during the third round. He also made the cut as an amateur at the PGA TOUR’s Greenbrier Classic and reached the finals of the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship in July. In addition, Kim was on the winning United States teams in 2013 for both the Palmer Cup and Walker Cup.

Kim returned to Cal for the 2013 fall semester and played in three of five team events for a squad that won three times while finishing third and fourth once each to give Cal 21 victories in its last 33 stroke-play events since the beginning of the 2011-12 season and top-five finishes in all 33. Kim and collegiate teammate Michael Weaver also played as individuals representing Cal in November at the Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic, where Kim had a season-best tied for fourth-place finish.

After the 2013-14 collegiate fall campaign Kim participated in the Tour Qualifying Tournament as an amateur and tied for 56th.

Kim finished his collegiate career with four individual medalist honors and a 70.8 stroke average, taking 6,517 strokes over 92 rounds during his two-plus seasons at Cal.

“I can’t thank Cal enough for what it has done for me. It was a really tough decision but I feel like I’m ready to take the next step in my career and turn professional. I’m very excited to make my debut at the Farmers Insurance Open in my hometown and looking forward to playing against the very best.”

“Michael has left a fabulous legacy at Cal and will always be a great Golden Bear,” head coach Steve Desimone said. “We wish him all the best in his professional career.”

GENERAL: U.S. Open Low Amateur … Cal’s first National Player of the Year (Golfweek/Sagarin, Haskins Award, Jack Nicklaus Award, Golfstat Cup) … one of three finalists for The Ben Hogan Award … first-team All-American … All-West Region … Pac-12 Men’s Golfer of the Year … All-Pac-12 … Palmer Cup selection (No. 1 Team USA ranking) … R&A world amateur ranking (No. 12) … Scratch Players world amateur ranking (No. 7) … invited to 16-man Walker Cup practice squad and on watch list … immediately became one of the team’s top players in his first season at Cal in 2011-12 after a solid career as a junior golfer and continued that in 2012-13 … does everything extremely well … manages his game magnificently and doesn’t try to do too much … tremendous short game inside 100 yards that is among the best in the history of Cal golf … also a great bunker player and an excellent putter … has improved his distance off the tee since coming to Cal and is hoping to improve by 20-30 yards during his collegiate career, which would be a tremendous benefit for him to reach his goal of playing on the PGA TOUR … fierce competitor and strong mentally.

CAL CAREER: Cal’s first National Player of the Year (Golfweek/Sagarin, Haskins Award, Jack Nicklaus Award, Golfstat Cup) … first-team All-American … All-West Region … Pac-12 Player of the Year … has played in all 26 stroke-play events and 80 rounds possible during his collegiate career, compiling a 70.73 stroke average that is the best among active Cal players on 5,658 total strokes … has a career match-play record of 2.5-5.5 … has twice shot a collegiate low round of 64 as a 2011-12 freshman in the second round at NCAA Stanford Regional and a 2012-13 sophomore in the first round at Alister MacKenzie Invitational … has been an individual medalist four times, all during the 2012-13 campaign … has a total of 11 top-five and 15 top-10 finishes to lead all active Cal players … has posted Cal’s top score or tied for its top score in a stroke-play event 10 times … has played in NCAA Championship twice, tying for 49th as a sophomore in 2013 after tying for 61st as a freshman in 2012 … has played in two NCAA Regionals, tying for fourth at 2012 NCAA Stanford Regional and tying for 11th at 2013 NCAA Pullman Regional … has played in Pac-12 Championship twice, tying for 11th in 2013 after tying for 19th in 2012.

2012-13 (AS A SOPHOMORE): Cal’s first National Player of the Year (Golfweek/Sagarin, Haskins Award, Jack Nicklaus Award, Golfstat Cup) … won the Golfstat Cup for the player with the lowest adjusted stroke average going into the NCAA Championship … first-team All-American (Golfweek, PING Division I) … PING Division I All-West Region … the nation’s top-ranked player in the final Golfweek rankings, while he finished No. 4 according to Golfstat … listed on top of the watch list for the Haskins Award given annually to the top player in collegiate golf by Golfweek … one of three national finalists and Cal’s first for The Ben Hogan Award given annually to the top collegiate player for their amateur play by the GCAA  … Pac-12 Men’s Golfer of the Year … Cal’s first national and Pac-12 Men’s Golfer of the Year … first-team All-Pac-12 … 2013 Palmer Cup selection after being listed on top of the final Palmer Cup Ranking (1.000) … Team MVP … honorable mention Pac-12 All-Academic pick … featured in Sports Illustrated’s Faces in the Crowd in the May 27, 2013 issue … had a team-best 70.14 stroke average on 3,016 shots in 43 stroke-play rounds over 14 events … was 0-2 in NCAA match-play contests, falling to Arizona State’s Spencer Lawson (1 up) and Illinois’ Brian Campbell (2 & 1) … earned individual medalist honors a single-season school-record four times … won outright at Isleworth Collegiate Invitational (67-72-73 – 212, -4) and Fresno State Lexus Classic (68-65-67 – 200, -16), with his 16-under par the best in his career and the best by a Cal player in 2012-13, with his total score of 200 equaling the lowest of his career in a 54-hole event and the second-best by a Cal player in 2012-13 … shared title at Arizona Intercollegiate (70-69-65 – 204, -9) with teammate Joël Stalter … reached a four-player playoff at Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters (76-67-69 – 212, -4) that was eventually won by Stanford’s Patrick Rodgers … posted seven top-five performances and was in the top 10 on 10 occasions, both team highs … named Pac-12 Player of the Month a team-high-tying twice in October of 2012 and March of 2013 … tied for second at Gopher Invitational (71-72-71 – 214, -2) and Western Intercollegiate (67-73-66 – 206, -4) … tied fifth at Alister MacKenzie Invitational (64-71-69 – 204, -9) … tied for sixth at Pac-12 Preview (71-69-70 – 210, -6) … tied for ninth at John A. Burns Intercollegiate (74-75-72 – 221, +5) … tied for 10th at PING/Golfweek Preview (73-68-70 – 211, +1) … tied for 11th at ASU Thunderbird Invitational (69-71-72 – 212, -1), Pac-12 Championship (71-73-72-71 – 287, +7) and NCAA Pullman Regional (69-68-74 – 211, -5) … tied for 49th at NCAA Championship (72-70-70 – 212, +2) … the team’s top finisher or shared the honor a team-high seven times, accomplishing the feat outright at Isleworth Collegiate Invitational, Pac-12 Preview, Fresno State Lexus Classic and Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters, while tying for the team’s best score at Gopher Invitational, Arizona Intercollegiate and Western Intercollegiate … shot under par in 10 of 14 tournaments, was under par in 22 of 43 rounds and even par in eight others … tied for the lowest round of his collegiate career with a seven-under par 64 in the first round of Alister MacKenzie Invitational … had a 69.23 rating according to Golfweek and an overall record against individuals of 1034-106-36, while he also posted the highest win totals in the nation against individuals in the top 25 (68-34-12), while adding winning records against individuals in the top 50 (121-58-16) and top 100 (213-78-22) … one of the team’s two players along with Max Homa to compete in each of the team’s 14 stroke-play events and 43 rounds, as well as its lone match-play event.

2011-12 (AS A FRESHMAN): Honorable mention PING Division I All-American … one of three Cal players to earn second-team All-Pac-12 and PING Division I All-West Region recognition along with Brandon Hagy and Max Homa, with the trio also sharing team MVP honors … named the team’s Newcomer of the Year honor and also picked up a first-year ‘Big C’ award … one of four players along with Hagy, Homa and Joël Stalter to participate in all 12 of the team’s stroke-play events and each of its 37 stroke-play rounds … posted a 71.41 stroke average on 2,642 shots … posted a 2.5-3.5 match-play record and was the only Cal player to go 2-0 in his matches in the match-play portion of NCAA Championship after an 0.5-3.5 record at Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship … had Cal’s best or tied for best score in three stroke-play events (Isleworth Collegiate Invitational, Arizona Intercollegiate, Western Intercollegiate) … ranked No. 35 nationally by Golfweek and No. 42 according to Golfstat in their final player rankings of the season … had four top-five and five top-10 finishes … top finish was a tie for third at Alister MacKenzie Invitational (70-65-66 – 201, -12) to help lead Cal to a share of the team crown along with Oregon, with his second-round 65 the lowest round by a Cal player in the tournament as well as tied for the fourth-lowest round ever at the time by a Cal player at the event … tied for fourth at NCAA Stanford Regional (67-64-69 – 200, -10), with both his six-under par 64 in the second round and final total score tied for the lowest in his career … tied for fifth in season-opening Wolverine Intercollegiate (68-69-74 – 211, -2) and spring-opening Arizona Intercollegiate (69-68-72 – 209, -4) … tied for eighth at Isleworth Collegiate Invitational (71-76-72 – 219, +3) … tied for 11th at Western Intercollegiate (73-71-69 – 213, +3) … tied for 13th at ASU Thunderbird Invitational (67-73-70 – 210, -3) … tied for 19th at Pac-12 Championship (73-73-70-74 – 290, +2) … tied for 22nd at Golfweek Conference Challenge (72-76-73 – 221, +5) … tied for 33rd at Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters (74-76-76 – 226, +10) … tied for 35th at John A. Burns Intercollegiate (68-75-77 – 220, +4) … tied for 61st at NCAA Championship (76-73-73 – 222, +9).


2013 Has a sponsor’s exemption to play July 4-7 in the Greenbrier Classic by winning the Haskins Award … finished as the low amateur when he tied for 17th at U.S. Open (73-70-71-76 – 280, +10) and was as high as tied for third on the leaderboard at one point when he was even-par for the event after 15 holes of his third round … contributed 2.0 points to Team USA’s 20.5-9.5 victory over Team Europe in the Palmer Cup, picking up a foursomes win with Team USA partner Alex Carpenter, and halving a singles match vs. Pedro Figueiredo and a four-ball match with Cal teammate Michael Weaver over Europe’s Gary Hurley and Kevin Phelan … qualified for the U.S. Open by being the co-medalist and earning one of three spots in a sectional qualifying event (67-66 – 133, -11) played at Hawks Ridge Golf Club in Ball Ground, Ga.  

2012 Ended the year ranked second in California, seventh in U.S. and 20th in world according to, while he was 10th in the organization’s tournament series … qualified for the Round of 64 at U.S. Amateur and made Round of 16 at U.S. Public Links to highlight his match-play competition … had five top-10 finishes in stroke-play events, with his highest finish of second at Silicon Valley Amateur (68-73 – 141) … tied for second at Dogwood Invitational (69-69-67-78 – 273) … third at State Fair Amateur (72-64-66 – 202) … tied for fifth at Jones Cup Invitational (74-76-71 – 221) … seventh at Sunnehanna Amateur (66-72-71-67 – 276) … tied for 17th at Northeast Amateur (71-71-66-69 – 277) … tied for 37th at Porter Cup (71-69-70-72 – 282).

2011 – Ended the year ranked 13th in California, 44th in U.S. and 91st in world according to … tied for fourth at Dogwood Invitational (67-69-68-69 – 273) tied for eighth at Southern Amateur (72-74-67-68 – 281) ... tied for 12th at Sahalee Players Championship (70-76-69-78 – 293) … tied for 15th at Pacific Coast Amateur (71-72-72-73 – 288) … tied for 50th at Western Amateur (72-72-73-74 – 291) … shot a low round of 63 at Crosby National Golf Club.

2010 – Ended the year ranked 41st in California, 251st in U.S. and 593rd in world according to … a U.S. Open local qualifier and U.S. Amateur qualifying medalist … won five matches to finish second at Polo Golf Junior Classic after qualifying during stroke play (69-73 – 142) … also second at Western Junior (71-72-66-69 – 278) … tied for ninth at Long Beach City Championship (75-67-70 – 212) … 13th at Scratch Players Championship (78-70-73-71 – 292) … American Junior Golf Association honorable mention All-American.

2009 – Ended the year ranked 400th in California according to … fourth at Under Armour®/Hunter Mahan Championship (67-77-72 – 216) … 12th at AJGA Laredo Energy (75-75-75 – 225).

TORREY PINES HS: A 2011 graduate of Torrey Pines High School … prep team won state title in senior season, as well as Southern California crown in each of his final three campaigns … played in CIF State Championship tournament as a freshman.

OTHER: Full name is Michael Sangwon Kim … nickname is Kimchi … undeclared major but intending to major in interdisciplinary studies … parents are Sun and Yun Kim … born July 14, 1993, in Seoul, South Korea.

I would describe myself as a person as … nice, patient and sometimes funny
The reason I love golf is … I get to compete every day
The favorite golf course I have played is … Lake Merced Golf Club
The reason I chose Cal is … the great combination of academics and athletics
My favorite golf movie is … Happy Gilmore
My favorite song … changes from week to week
I would like to be remembered at Cal for … helping the team to a national championship
The best advice I’ve ever received was … try your best in everything you do
My most prized possession is … my phone
The Cal men’s golf team will be fun to follow this year because … we are a young team with a lot of talent
For me to improve as a player, I need to … get stronger and hit it farther
When I played sports as a kid, I pretended to be … making a putt to win the Masters
LAST UPDATED: December 19, 2013
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