Cal's Kim named Pac-12 Men's Golfer of the Year

By the Pac-12 Conference

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- Michael Kim of California was named the Pac-12 Men's Golfer of the Year, Jon Rahm of Arizona State was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, and California coach Steve Desimone was tabbed Pac-12 Coach of the Year in a voting by the Pac-12 men's golf coaches. In addition, the 2013 All-Pac-12 Men's Golf Team selected by the coaches was announced.

Kim, who hails from Del Mar, Calif., is the first California golfer to earn Golfer of the Year honors. A semifinalist for the Hogan Award given annually to the nation's top collegiate golfer, he has finished in the top five in seven events this season and has placed outside the top 10 just twice. The sophomore claimed at least a share of four tournament victories in 2012-13, a school single-season record. Among them was a six-stroke victory at the Fresno State Lexus Classic, where he carded a 16-under 200 (68-65-67) and led the Bears to their school record-setting seventh win of the season. Kim, who has finished under par in nine of 12 tournaments this season, matched a single-round career-low with a 64 in the opening round of the Alister MacKenzie Invitational. Currently ranked No. 1 in the latest Golfweek individual rankings, Kim boasts a 70.1 stroke average through 37 rounds.

Rahm, a native of Barrika, Spain, is the second Sun Devil to earn Freshman of the Year honors. Alejandro Canizares was a Co-Freshman of the Year in 2003. Rahm owns a 71.72 stroke average in 40 rounds, the fourth-best mark by a freshman in the nation. Since 1984, only Canizares carried a better stroke average as a freshman (71.65 in 2002-03). Rahm, fresh off a 10th-place finish at the Pac-12 Championships, has posted five top-10 finishes this season, including a pair of victories at the Bill Cullum Invitational and the Lamkin Grips San Diego Classic. Ranked No. 41 in the latest Golfweek rankings, he has shot 13 rounds in the 60s, including a season-low 64 at the Pac-12 Preview in October. Rahm is averaging 4.53 strokes on par-5 holes, the best mark in the nation, and has eight eagles and 138 birdies on the year.

Desimone, in his 34th year as head coach, led California to its second consecutive Pac-12 Championship. It's the third time Desimone has earned league coach of the year honors. He was named Coach of the Year in 2012 after leading the Bears to their first-ever Pac-12 title, and Co-Coach of the Year in 1987. During the 2012-13 season, the Golden Bears finished among the top three in all 12 tournaments in which they played. Cal's victory at the Pac-12 Championship was its 10th of the year, matching the unofficial NCAA record for tournament wins in a season set by Oklahoma State in 1985-86. The Bears, who feature just two seniors on the squad, enter the postseason ranked No. 1 nationally in the latest Golfstat rankings. They have won 16 of their last 26 tournaments overall and finished in the top 10 in all 26.

The Pac-12 golf awards and the All-Pac-12 Team are voted on by the Conference head golf coaches. Following is the complete list of honors:

All-Pac-12 First Team
Michael Kim, California
Patrick Rodgers, Stanford
Cheng-Tsung Pan, Washington
Pedro Figueiredo, UCLA
Chris Williams, Washington
Max Homa, California
Michael Weaver, California
Pontus Widegren, UCLA

All-Pac-12 Second Team
Name School Year Hometown
Brandon Hagy, California
Joel Stalter, California
Cameron Wilson, Stanford
Jon Rahm, Arizona State
Yi Keun Chang, USC
Sam Smith, USC
David Fink, Oregon State
Manav Shah, UCLA

Honorable Mention: Anton Arboleda, UCLA; Trevor Simsby, WASH; Jonathan Garrick, UCLA; Max Rottluff, ASU; Andrew Yun, STAN.

All-Pac-12 Freshman Team
Name School Year Hometown
Yi Keun Chang, USC
Jon Rahm, Arizona State
David Boote, Stanford
Max Rottluff, Arizona State
Jonathan Garrick, UCLA

Pac-12 Player of the Year: Michael Kim, California

Pac-12 Freshman of the Year: Jon Rahm, Arizona State

Pac-12 Coach of the Year: Steve Desimone, California

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