Michael Kim one of three finalists for prestigious award to be announced at black-tie event beginning at 6 p.m. PT.
Michael Weaver becomes first Cal player to win NCAA Regional individual medalist honors by sharing title with USC's Sam Smith.
Golden Bears will head into Saturday's third and final round with 11-stroke lead over second-place USC.
Golden Bears set school and course single-round records
Golden Bears have equaled Oklahoma State's unofficial NCAA record of 10 victories in a season.
2013 NCAA Pullman Regional
Pac-12 Championship (May 1, 2013)
2013 Pac-12 Championship
NCAA Championship Match Play Quarterfinals vs. San Diego State (June 1, 2012)
NCAA Championship Match Play Semifinals vs. Alabama (June 2, 2012)
GENERAL: Member of French National team ... All-Pac-12 ... R&A world ranking (No. 57) ... Scratch Players world ranking (No. 78) ... Palmer Cup selection (No. 6 Team Europe ranking) ... wonderful player who made a tremendous run in European amateur events prior to his arrival at Cal and then again during the summer between his freshman and sophomore campaigns ... has made a strong transition from living in France to the United States that has translated to his golf game ... arguably the team's most improved player ... has a solid all-around game as a strong ball striker, with a good short game and putting stroke ... a fearless and aggressive player ... has broken into the team's lineup on a regular basis ... has a great attitude and is very coachable ... has gained confidence during his Cal career as he has adjusted to the collegiate level of golf ... has the capability to shoot extremely low scores and is seemingly never out of a round.
CAL CAREER: Has played in 24 events and 75 rounds of stroke play, averaging 71.95 strokes per round to rank fourth among active Cal players and totaling 5,396 shots ... top career finish came when he picked up his first outright win at John A. Burns Intercollegiate after he shared Arizona Intercollegiate title with his teammate Michael Kim in the first two events of the spring of 2013 ... had his top collegiate round at Wolverine Intercollegiate with a second-round eight-under par 63 that equaled a course record ... has a 3-3 record in two career match-play events, both in the spring of 2012 ... has seven career top-five finishes, while placing in the top 10 on 10 occasions ... has played in one NCAA Championship, tying for 89th in 2012 ... has led or co-led Cal in scoring in an event five times ... has played in one NCAA Regional, tying for 27th at 2012 NCAA Stanford Regional ... has played in three Pac-10/12 Championships, tying for ninth in 2012, tying for 15th in 2013 and tying for 48th in 2011.
2012-13 (AS A JUNIOR): Ranked No. 13 nationally by Golfweek and No. 16 according to Golfstat, second on the team behind the nation's No. 1 ranked player Michael Kim on both lists ... second-team All-Pac-12 ... 2013 Palmer Cup selection after being at No. 6 for Team Europe on the final Palmer Cup Ranking (.9743) ... has posted a 70.87 stroke average that is third on the team on 2,197 shots in 31 rounds over 10 events ... has three top-five and four top-10 showings ... picked up the first two wins of his collegiate career in the first two events of the spring schedule, sharing the title with Kim at Arizona Intercollegiate (65-69-70 - 204, -9) before winning outright at John A. Burns Intercollegiate (67-70-67 - 204, -12) ... tied for third at Alister MacKenzie Invitational (70-65-68 - 203, -10) ... tied for seventh at Fresno State Lexus Classic (69-73-68 - 210, -6) ... tied for eighth at Pac-12 Preview (72-72-67 - 211, -5) ... tied for 11th at Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters (72-70-76 - 218, +2) ... tied for 15th at Pac-12 Championship (73-72-73-70 - 288, +8) ... tied for 23rd at both ASU Thunderbird Invitational (73-76-66 - 215, +2) and Western Intercollegiate (76-71-70 - 217, +7) ... tied for 40th at Isleworth Collegiate Invitational (76-74-77 - 227, +11) has a 69.90 rating according to Golfweek and an overall record of 655-121-29.
2011-12 (AS A SOPHOMORE): Earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 and Pac-12 All-Academic recognition ... named the team's Most Improved Player and also picked up a second-year `Big C' award ... one of four players along with Brandon Hagy, Max Homa and Michael Kim to participate in all 12 of the team's stroke-play events and each of its 37 stroke-play rounds ... posted a 72.16 stroke average with 2,670 shots over 37 stroke-play rounds that closely trailed Homa (71.19), Hagy (71.41) and Kim (71.41) ... had a 3-3 record in his two match-play events, going 2-2 at Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship and 1-1 at NCAA Championship ... clinched Cal's 3-2 victory over San Diego State in a quarterfinal match at NCAA Championship by draining a 20-foot downhill birdie putt to win his match 2 & 1 against Alex Kang and secure the team victory with the match tied 2-2 at that point ... had Cal's best or tied for best finish in three stroke-play events (Wolverine Intercollegiate, Arizona Intercollegiate, ASU Thunderbird Invitational) ... ranked No. 85 nationally by Golfweek and No. 106 according to Golfstat in their final player rankings of the season ... had four top-five and five top-10 finishes ... second at season-opening Wolverine Intercollegiate (72-63-72 - 207, -6), equaling the course record with a career-low eight-under par 63 in a second round that included an eagle and seven birdies ... tied for third at both John A. Burns Intercollegiate (66-71-74 - 211, -5) and ASU Thunderbird Invitational (68-71-68 - 207, -6) ... tied for fifth at Arizona Intercollegiate (67-71-71 - 209, -4) ... tied for ninth at Pac-12 Championship (71-70-72-70 - 283, -5) ... tied for 15th at Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters (71-74-76 - 221, +5) ... tied for 20th at Alister MacKenzie Invitational (72-68-68 - 208, -5) after making birdies on the last four holes of the tournament ... tied for 27th at NCAA Stanford Regional (72-72-67 - 211, -3), jumping 24 spots during the final round ... tied for 31st at Golfweek Conference Challenge (75-74-74 - 223, +7) ... tied for 56th at Isleworth Collegiate Invitational (75-87-73 - 235, +19) ... tied for 58th at Western Intercollegiate (76-76-78 - 230, +20) ... tied for 89th at NCAA Championship (78-73-74 - 225, +12).
2010-11 (AS A FRESHMAN): Played in two events and seven rounds, averaging 75.57 strokes per round on a total of 529 shots ... tied for 48th at Pac-10 Championship (73-78-76-72 - 299, +19) for his top finish of the season, with his final-round two-over par 72 also his best of the campaign ... tied for 52nd at Arizona Intercollegiate (75-80-75 - 230, +17) to open the spring portion of the schedule ... finished the season ranked No. 138 nationally according to Golfweek for those players without enough rounds to qualify for the regular rankings ... picked up a team first-year `Big C' Award.
INDP HS: Posted a career average of 71.7 and set three course records, including his home course where he shot an eight-under par 63 ... also was a gymnast, winning the Lorraine region championship in 2009 ... earned the academic honor 'Bien' at the French Baccalaureate.
OTHER: Full name is Joël Gaston Stalter ... majoring in business in Cal's Haas School of Business ... parents are Jean-Jacques and Sophie Stalter ... plays the drums ... born July 8, 1992, in Thionville, France.
GETTING TO KNOW JOËL
LAST UPDATED: May 9, 2013