March 7, 2013
BERKELEY - Michael Kim has moved back into the No. 1 spot in the latest Golfweek national rankings released Thursday, making the move two days after winning the Fresno State Lexus Classic to give him three victories in his last four events. Cal now has five of the nation's top 37 players according to Golfweek. Last week's No. 1 player Joël Stalter now checks in at No. 5, while Michael Weaver (No. 28), Brandon Hagy (No. 36) and Max Homa (No. 37) are also listed.
Kim leads the team with a school-record-tying three individual wins, while Stalter has two and Hagy one as the Golden Bears have had the individual medalist in each of their last five tournaments. 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 and Kim won the Fresno State Lexus Classic.
Kim also leads the way with top-10 finishes in each of his eight events this season. Stalter and Weaver have been in the top 10 five times, while Hagy and Homa have been there on four occasions each.
Kim (69.8) and Stalter (69.9) both boast stroke averages under 70.0. Hagy (71.2), Homa (71.3) and Weaver (71.4) are all under 71.5.
Cal technically has two different players currently ranked No. 1 as Stalter is on top of the Golfstat rankings last released Tuesday but not inclusive of the results from the team's most recent tournament at the Fresno State Lexus Classic.
The Bears have had the first three players in school history ranked No. 1 nationally this season in Kim, Stalter and Homa, who was Golfweek's top player during September and October of 2012.
No. 1 Cal will be back in action at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters hosted by UNLV at the par-72, 7,510-yard Southern Highlands Golf Club in Las Vegas this Friday-Sunday, May 8-10. The 15-team field features 12 of the nation's highest-ranked 13 teams according to Golfstat. Cal, Texas and Alabama are the top-three ranked teams by Golfweek.
Cal has won a school-record seven of its eight tournaments in 2012-13 and 13 of 22 overall dating back to the beginning of the 2011-12 campaign, finishing in the top five in all 22.