Sihwan Kim Named To The Jack Nicklaus Award Watch List
April 8, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. - In only his first year on The Farm, freshman Sihwan Kim has been named to the Jack Nicklaus Award Watch List. The award is annually given to the best player in collegiate golf. Kim joins 20 other golfers from Division I institutions on the list. Separate awards are given for each NCAA division, and the NAIA.
The Buena Park, Calif. native is certainly having a rookie season to remember. He is currently averaging 71.4 strokes per round and has recorded 12 under-par rounds. He shot a 63 in the second round of the UH-Hilo Invitational in February, his lowest round so far, on his way to a tie for second place and helping the team to the tournament's crown. In eight tournaments this year, he has finished in the top five on the leaderboard four times.
'Sihwan has had a fantastic freshman campaign,' commented The Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf, Conrad Ray. 'He practices, prepares and approaches his game like a senior, not a freshman. He just going to continue to get better.'
The Nicklaus Award recipients will be named immediately following the final round of each respective national championship. All four Nicklaus Award honorees will be invited to Muirfield Village for the final round of the Memorial Tournament presented by Morgan Stanley at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, just outside Nicklaus' hometown of Columbus to receive their trophies from Mr. Nicklaus. Additionally, a 20-player All-Nicklaus Team - which will include outstanding players from NCAA Divisions I, II and III and the NAIA - will be named June 10.
Jack Nicklaus Award Watch List - Division I
Jonas Blixt, Florida State
Kevin Chappell, UCLA
Jonas Enander Hedin, Charlotte
Derek Fathauer, Louisville
Rickie Fowler, Oklahoma State
Aaron Goldberg, San Diego State
Chesson Hadley, Georgia Tech
Rory Hie, Southern California
Russell Henley, Georgia
Sihwan Kim, Stanford
Jamie Lovemark, Southern California
Adam Mitchell, Georgia
Kevin O'Connell, North Carolina
Andrew Putnam, Pepperdine
Webb Simpson, Wake Forest
Joel Sjoholm, Georgia State
Ryan Spears, Wichita State
Hudson Swafford, Georgia
Matthew Swann, Alabama
Michael Thompson, Alabama