BERKELEY – The Cal men’s golf team is featured by NCAA on Campus in a video that debuted on the NCAA.com website Monday. Cal put together a 2012-13 season that is considered by many as one of the finest in the history of college golf, winning 12 of 14 stroke-play tournaments to set a modern-era NCAA single-season record previously established with the 10 victories recorded by the 1985-86 Oklahoma State team. Cal was ranked No. 1 in the final 2012-13 team rankings by both Golfweek and Golfstat despite losing to Illinois in the match-play semifinals of the NCAA Championship.
Each of Cal’s top five players earned All-American honors and won at least once during the season with Michael Kim becoming the first Cal player to earn National Player of the Year (Golfstat Cup, Golfweek Sagarin National Player of the Year, Haskins Award, Nicklaus Award) and Pac-12 Player of the Year recognition after a school-record four individual medalist honors. Max Homa became the first Cal player to win the NCAA individual title and also the third to take the Pac-12 individual crown.
Kim, Homa and Joël Stalter became the first three Cal players to be ranked No. 1 at one point in the season. The trio also gave Cal a clean sweep of the Pac-12 Men’s Golfer of the Month selections in 2012-13 with Homa and Kim winning twice each, and Stalter once.
Head coach Steve Desimone joined in the honors parade by being named the National Coach of the Year (Dave Williams Award, Golfweek) for the second time in his career and the Pac-12 Coach of the Year for the third.
Cal players also made their mark outside of collegiate competition as Michael Weaver became the first current Cal player to participate in the Masters, while being joined by Homa and Kim at the U.S. Open following the season to become what is believed to be the first three players from the same collegiate team to play in the same U.S. Open. Kim was the low amateur at the U.S. Open, while also making the cut playing as an amateur at The Greenbrier Classic.