Three Stanford Golfers Pick Up All-Pac-10 Awards, Sihwan Kim Named Freshman Of The Year
May 2, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. - Three Stanford golfers picked up 2008 Pac-10 awards upon the conclusion of the 2008 Pac-10 Championships, as announced by the conference on Thursday, May 1. Rookie Sihwan Kim was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and also picked up first team All-Pac-10 honors. Senior Rob Grube was also named first team All-Pac-10, and freshman Steve Ziegler was named as an honorable mention.
Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Kim has been an integral part of the Cardinal golf team this year and is currently ranked No. 10 in the nation. posted a win at the CoredValle Collegiate in November and finished in the top three in five of 10 tournaments this season. In four other tournaments he finished in the top-25. He currently touts a stroke average of 71.4 in 31 rounds this season with nine rounds in the 60s, highlighted by a 63 in the UH-Hilo Invitational. The last time Stanford boasted a Pac-10 Freshman of the Year was in 2005, when Grube won the award.
Grube, in his final season on the The Farm has also been a top-player for Stanford. His first team All-Pac-10 nod is the fourth of his career and adds to his already impressive list of awards, including several All-American, conference, and all-academic awards. Grube has finished in the top-10 on the leaderboard in four out of 10 tournaments this year, highlighted by tying for second with Kim at the UH-Hilo Invitational, where he shot his season-low round of 65, and most recently tying for third at the 2008 Pac-10 Championships. Grube is currently averaging 72 strokes per round, and is individually ranked at No. 44 in the nation.
Ziegler posted an outstanding rookie campaign on his way to earning honorable mention status, improving his scores with each and every tournament he played in. Ziegler finished in the top-10 twice, with his best finish coming as a tie for seventh place at the U.S. Intercollegiate Invitational, and in the top-25 once. Ziegler is averaging 73.1 strokes and shot a low round of 65 at the UH-Hilo Invitational. Most recently, at the 2008 Pac-10 Championships, he tied for 27th, and aced the 11th hole in the second round.
Stanford will learn where and when they will begin NCAA play when the selection is announced on Monday, May 5. There are three 27-team regionals that will be played May 15-17. Should the Cardinal be picked for the NCAA West Regional, it will most likely be played at the Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash.