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.
Kim's selection marks the first time a Cal player has been a finalist for prestigious honor.
2013 NCAA Pullman Regional
Pac-12 Championship (May 1, 2013)
Pac-12 Championship (April 30, 2013)
NCAA Championship Match Play Quarterfinals vs. San Diego State (June 1, 2012)
NCAA Championship Match Play Semifinals vs. Alabama (June 2, 2012)
GENERAL: The Ben Hogan Award finalist ... No. 1 candidate for Haskins Award ... Pac-12 Men's Golfer of the Year ... honorable mention All-American ... All-Region ... All-Pac-12 ... Palmer Cup selection (No. 1 Team USA ranking) ... R&A world amateur ranking (No. 9) ... Scratch Players world amateur ranking (No. 12) ... 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 ... 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: Has played in all 29 stroke play events and 74 rounds possible during his collegiate career, compiling a 70.74 stroke average that is the best among active Cal players on 5,235 total strokes ... has a career match-play record of 2.5-3.5, all in the spring of 2012 ... 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 in 2012-13) ... has a total of 10 top-five and 15 top-10 finishes ... has posted Cal's top score or tied for its top score in a stroke-play event 10 times ... has played in NCAA Championship once, tying for 61st as a freshman in 2012 ... has played in one NCAA Regional, tying for fourth at 2012 NCAA Stanford Regional ... has played in Pac-12 Championship twice, tying for 11th in 2013 after tying for 19th in 2012.
2012-13 (AS A SOPHOMORE): The nation's top-ranked player in the latest polls of both Golfweek (5/5) and Golfstat (5/7) ... a candidate for Player of the Year and All-American honors ... one of three national finalists for The Ben Hogan Award given annually to the top amateur player in college golf by the Golf Coaches Association of America ... listed on top of the watch list for the Haskins Award given annually to the top player in collegiate golf by Golfweek ... Cal's first ever Pac-12 Men's Golfer of the Year ... 2013 Palmer Cup selection after being listed on top of the final Palmer Cup Ranking (1.000) ... Team MVP ... has a team-best 70.08 stroke average that is second nationally on 2,593 shots over 37 rounds ... has earned individual medalist honors 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 his total score equaling the lowest of his career in a 54-hole event ... shared Arizona Intercollegiate (70-69-65 - 204, -9) title 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 ... has posted seven top-five performances, been in the top 10 on 10 occasions and posted no finishes lower than tied for 11th ... has been Pac-12 Player of the Month 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), and tied for 11th at ASU Thunderbird Invitational (69-71-72 - 212, -1) and Pac-12 Championship (71-73-72-71 - 287, +7) ... has been the team's top finisher or shared the honor 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 ... has shot under par in nine of 12 tournaments, been under par in 20 of his 37 rounds and even par in six others ... tied for the lowest round of his collegiate career with a seven-under par 64 in the first round of MacKenzie ... has a 68.93 rating according to Golfweek and an overall record of 887-48-22, while he also posted the highest win totals in the nation against individuals in the top 25 (65-18-9), top 50 (107-28-11) and top 100 (172-38-13) ... one of the team's two players along with Max Homa to compete in each of the team's 12 events and 37 rounds.
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 five top-10 and eight top-20 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).
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.
GETTING TO KNOW MICHAEL
LAST UPDATED: May 8, 2013