Cal Golf Trio Wraps Up at Greenbrier
WHITE SULPHER SPRINGS, W.Va. – Junior Michael Kim (70-69-67-70 – 276, -4) led three Cal men’s golf affiliates that wrapped up play Sunday during fourth and final-round action at the PGA TOUR’s Greenbrier Classic at the Old White TPC. Kim was the highest finisher of the trio with a tie for 38th place overall, while former Cal golfers and current PGA TOUR members James Hahn (72-67-68-70 – 277, -3) and Charlie Wi (73-65-67-73 – 278, -2) tied for 41st and 54th, respectively.
Kim was the only amateur to make the cut of the PGA TOUR event and one of two in the 156-player field after receiving a sponsor’s exemption by winning the Haskins Award as the national player of the year in men’s collegiate golf as selected in voting by college golfers and coaches along with members of the national media.
Kim was playing as an amateur in a professional tournament for the second time in his career after also participating in last month’s U.S. Open, where he was the low amateur and tied for 17th place overall. Kim rose as high as tied for third at one point on the back nine of his third round at the Merion Golf Club’s East Course. Kim qualified for the U.S. Open by being the co-individual medalist at a sectional qualifying tournament at Hawks Ridge Golf Club in Ball Ground, Ga.
Kim’s even-par effort Sunday at the Greenbrier Classic gave him a score of even-par or better in each of the event’s four rounds. He had birdies on three of his last five holes and five of his final 10 on Sunday after a tough start that included bogeys on three of his first six holes on the par-four first, fourth and sixth. He steadied in the middle of the round with a birdie on the par-four ninth and six pars over his next seven holes before his late run that included birdies on the par-four 14th, par-four 16th and par-three 18th. He did bogey the par-three 15th.
Hahn matched Kim’s even-par round Sunday with three birdies and three bogeys over his 18 holes. He had bogeys on two of his first four holes on the par-four second and fourth but would get both strokes back with birdies on the ninth and par-five 12th to return to even par. He went back over par with a bogey on the par-four 13th but birdied the 16th to get back to even.
Wi had started the final round one stroke ahead of Kim and two in front of Hahn but would up behind both after his three-over par round Sunday. He started with seven consecutive pars before a bogey on the par-three eighth. He would get back to even with a birdie on the par-four 10th but immediately go back over par with a bogey on the par-four 11th and would stay there for the remainder of the round that included three additional bogeys (13, 16, 18) and one birdie (14) all on par-four holes other than the par-three 18th.
Jonas Blixt (66-67-67-67 – 267, -13) won the tournament.