March 11, 2013
BERKELEY - Michael Kim remained in the No. 1 spot in the latest Golfweek national rankings released late Sunday, while Joël Stalter moved up three spots to No. 2. Cal has five of Golfweek's top 33 ranked players in the nation with Michael Weaver (No. 21), Brandon Hagy (No. 32) and Max Homa (No. 33) also appearing in the latest rankings.
Kim remained in the top position for the second consecutive rankings typically updated on a weekly basis during the season. Kim captured a share of the individual title at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters in his most recent event March 8-10 to lead Cal to its eighth team victory in nine tournaments in 2012-13. Kim's win was his school-record fourth individual title of the campaign with all four wins coming in his last five tournaments. He has finished in the top 10 in each of his nine events this season and leads Cal with a 69.93 stroke average.
Kim leads the team with his four individual wins, while Stalter has two and Hagy one as the Golden Bears have combined for seven individual medalist honors in their last six tournaments with at least one in all six. 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, Kim won the Fresno State Lexus Classic and Kim shared the title at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters.
In addition to Kim's nine top-10 finishes, Homa, Stalter and Weaver have been in the top 10 five times, while Hagy has finished there on four occasions to give Cal players 28 top-10 finishes on the season.
In addition to Kim's 69.93 stroke average, Stalter (70.33), Hagy (71.38), Homa (71.40) and Weaver (71.56) are all under 72.0.
Cal technically has two different players currently ranked No. 1 as Stalter is on top of the Golfstat rankings last updated March 5 but not inclusive of the results from the team's two most recent tournaments at the Fresno State Lexus Classic and Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters.
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 out of action for nearly four weeks before resuming its season April 5-7 at the Arizona State Thunderbird Invitational. The Bears have won 14 of their last 23 tournaments overall dating back to the beginning of the 2011-12 campaign and have finished in the top five in all 23.