Feb. 26, 2013
BERKELEY - For the first time in school history the Cal men's golf team has the top two players in the national rankings in No. 1 Joël Stalter and No. 2 Michael Kim with the release of Golfstat's latest national rankings Tuesday. The Golden Bears have had the first three players in school history ranked No. 1 nationally this season in Stalter (February), Kim (February 2013) and Max Homa (September/October 2012).
"These rankings are a reflection of the type of golf we've been playing," head coach Steve Desimone said. "We have an excellent group of players that are playing really good golf."
"It's great but it doesn't mean that much right now," Stalter said. "My goal is to get better and practice hard so I can contribute to the team winning the NCAA's. If I do that the rest will come by itself."
Golfweek released its latest rankings the following day on February 27 with Stalter and Kim ranked No. 2 and No. 3 behind Brandon Stone of Texas.
In the last four events, Cal players have combined to win a total five individual medalist honors for the first time ever. Brandon Hagy started the stretch by winning the Alister MacKenzie Invitational and was followed by Kim capturing the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational. Kim and Stalter were then co-medalists at the Arizona Intercollegiate before Stalter captured the John A. Burns Intercollegiate.
No. 1 Cal next returns to action March 4-5 at the Fresno State Lexus Classic to be played at the Belmont Country Club in Fresno. The Bears will enter the event having won 12 of their last 21 tournaments overall dating back to the beginning of the 2011-12 campaign and finishing in the top five in all 21.