Michael Kim of the University of California was the winner of the 2013 Haskins Award and being the consensus player of the year in college golf was just one of the honors he received in a fairytale year.
The Golden Bear sophomore swept most of the national awards, taking home the Haskins, the Golfweek/Sagarin Player of the Year and Nicklaus Award, in addition to the Golfstat Cup for the lowest adjusted stroke average heading into the NCAA Championship. He was on the All-Nicklaus team, a first-team PING Division I All-American selection, a PING Division I All-West Region pick and Pac-12 Men’s Golfer of the Year. He had seven Top-5 and ten Top-10 finishes in tournament play.
Kim finished with a 70.14 stroke average over 43 rounds of stroke play. Following the collegiate campaign, he was low amateur at the U.S. Open and tied for 17th place overall. He tied for 38th at the Greenbrier Classic and was runner-up at the U.S. Amateur Links Public Links Championship. In a fitting finish to his memorable season, Kim was unbeaten in singles play as the Americans defeated British and Irish golfers in the 2013 Walker Cup Match at the National Golf Links of America — site of the first international competition in 1922.
University of Alabama Freshman Justin Thomas has been voted the 2012 recipient of the Fred Haskins Award. A member of the PING All-America team, Thomas was the medalist in both the Southeastern Conference Tournament and the NCAA Athens Regional. He was SEC Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year and helped the Tide finish second in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. The Crimson Tide standout was the overwhelming choice of Haskins voters, voted on by Division I golfers and coaches as well as golf media.
A native of Goshen, Ky., Thomas, was previously honored with the Phil Mickelson Award as the nation’s outstanding freshman and also selected as the SEC Player and Freshman of the Year. Thomas is the third-youngest player to make a PGA Tour cut (2009 Wyndam Championship) and a two-time Rolex Junior All-American, earning first-team honors in 2010. He played for the United States team at the 2010 Junior Ryder Cup, winning 2.5 of a possible three points for the U.S. team and participated in the U.S. Amateur in both 2010 and 2011. He was the 2011 recipient of the Byron Nelson International Junior Golf Award in 2011, the 2009 Footjoy Invitational, and runner-up at the 2010 U.S. Junior Amateur.
UCLA sophomore and world No. 1 amateur golfer Patrick Cantlay was awarded the Fred Haskins Award on Fri., Nov. 4 at UCLA’s Bruin Plaza. He joins Kevin Chappell as the only UCLA players to receive college golf’s oldest award.
In the 12 months leading up to the award, Cantlay enjoyed a sensational run emerging as one of the world’s top amateurs. He won three college tournaments, tied for first in another and finished second at the NCAA Championship in June. He qualified to play in the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club and tied for 21st. The following week, he received a sponsors exemption into the Travelers Championship and tied for 24th, firing a second round 60 (-10) — the lowest round ever recorded by an amateur in a professional event. He also tied for 20th at the AT&T National, tied for ninth at the RBC Canadian Open and tied for 67th at the Frys.com Open. In between professional tournaments, he won the 112th SCGA Amateur Championship at San Gabriel Country Club with a 14-under par total of 270. He also advanced to the finals of the Western Amateur and the U.S. Amateur at Erin Hills. In addition, he played in the Walker Cup Match, becoming the first UCLA player in 30 years to earn a spot on the team. Finally, Cantlay spent all three quarters on the UCLA Director’s Honor Roll (3.0 gpa).
Born in Macon, Georgia, Henley played college golf at the University of Georgia. As a senior, He played in the 2010 U.S. Open and tied for the low amateur (with Scott Langley). He also played in two 2010 Nationwide Tour events: the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational and the Stadion Athens Classic at UGA. In 2011, Henley won the Stadion Classic at UGA on the Nationwide Tour. He became only the second amateur to win on the Tour (Daniel Summerhays was the first in 2007). The tournament was played on the University of Georgia’s home course.Henley planned to wait until 2012 to turn professional. He qualified for the 2011 U.S. Open. Henley played on the 2011 Palmer Cup team at Royal Portrush Golf Club. He made his professional debut at the Nationwide Tour’s Soboba Golf Classic in September 2011.
Matt Hill played at North Carolina State University and won the 2009 NCAA title. The Canadian golfer won nine collegiate events, equaling Tiger Woods’ record. He grew up in the same neighborhood as fellow professional golfer Mike Weir.
Kevin Chappell set the UCLA scoring record, won the 2008 NCAA championship and was a three-time All-American for the Bruins. He started his professional career on the Nationwide Tour and won his first pro event in 2010. On the PGA Tour in 2011, playing in his first Major, he shot a 66 on Sunday to finish in a tie for third at the U.S. Open.
Jamie Lovemark played at the University of Southern California where he was a two-time All-American and medalist at the 2007 NCAA Tournament. He turned pro in 2009 and a year later was the leading money winner on the Nationwide Tour, earning him Player of the Year honors
Pablo Martin was born in Spain but competed at Oklahoma State University. He has played on the PGA Tour sporadically but is a member of the European Tour. He won the Alfred Dunhill Championship in 2009 and 2010 and tied for 30th place in the 2007 U.S. Open.
Ryan Moore starred at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and while in school enjoyed an amazing amateur career. In 2004, he won the U.S. Amateur, the Western Amateur, the U.S. Amateur Public Links (an event he also won in 2002) and the NCAA individual championship. Though plagued by injuries, he has been a consistent money-winner on the PGA Tour.
Bill Haas is the son of 1975 Haskins winner Jay Haas. At Wake Forest University, he was a three-time All-American, four-time all Atlantic Coast Conference, ACC Rookie of the Year and two time ACC Player of the Year. He turned pro in 2004 and has recorded four victories on the PGA Tour, including the 2011 FedEx championship.
Hunter Mahan was Pac 10 Freshman of the Year at the University of Southern California before transferring to Oklahoma State University. For the Cowboys, he was twice Big 12 Player of the Year and a two-time All-American. He turned pro in 2003 and has three victories on the PGA Tour. He also has three Top 10 finishes in Majors.
Graeme McDowell, a native of Northern Ireland, won six of 12 college events while playing at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. He turned pro in 2002 and won his first tournament in his fourth start. He won the 2010 U.S. Open becoming the first European golfer to win since Tony Jacklin in 1970. He was European Tour Player of the Year in 2010. He has won seven times overseas.
Bryce Molder was first-team All-American each of his four years at Georgia Tech. On a break from school in 1999, he shot a 60 at his home course in Arkansas, playing with President Bill Clinton. He was low amateur in the 2001 U.S. Open before turning pro, joining the Nationwide Tour that year. His first year on the PGA Tour was 2007 but he did not secure his first victory until 2011, defeating Briny Baird in a six-hole sudden death playoff at the Frys.com Open.
Charles Howell III of Oklahoma State University won the 2000 NCAA Championship with a record-setting score of 23-under par. He was PGA Tour Rookie of the Year in 2001 after recording five finishes in the Top 10. During his career, he has won two PGA Tour events.
Luke Donald of Northwestern University became the first English golfer to win the Haskins Award in 1999, the same year he captured the NCAA championship and broke the scoring record set by Tiger Woods. He turned pro in 2001 and became the 11th rookie in history to earn more than a million dollars. In the decade that followed he became the No. 1 player in the world and in 2011 was the first player to officially lead the earnings list in both the U.S. and Europe. He was PGA Tour Player of the Year that same year.
Matt Kuchar was a two-time All-American at Georgia Tech, winner of the 1997 U.S. Amateur and low amateur at both the Masters and U.S. Open in 1998. Since turning pro in 2000, he has played on the PGA Tour and the Nationwide Tour. He has three Tour victories and in 2010 took home the Vardon Cup and the Byron Nelson Award for having the lowest scoring average and the Arnold Palmer Award for being the leading money-winner on the Tour.
Brad Elder of the University of Texas joined the NIKE Tour in 1998. He won two events in 1999. That vaulted him to the PGA Tour where he competed from 2000 to 2003. He joined the Nationwide Tour in 2004 and won the 2007 Wichita Open — one of three professional records he has recorded.
Tiger Woods was a legend even before his career at Stanford University where he was an All-American in 1995. He won the NCAA title in 1996, the same year he won his third straight U.S. Amateur championship. Turning pro, he was PGA Tour Rookie of the Year in 1996. His accomplishments as a professional athlete are unprecedented. He has won 71 Tour events and 14 Majors along with 57 other titles around the world.
Stewart Cink capped a college career at Georgia Tech in 1995 by turning pro and becoming the leading money winner and Player of the Year on the Nike Tour. A year later, he was Rookie of the Year on the PGA Tour. He won his first major at the 2009 British Open defeating five-time champion Tom Watson in a four-hole playoff. Cink has finished third in three other Majors and has 13 professional victories.
Justin Leonard won the 1994 NCAA championship and was a two-time All-American at the University of Texas. He won the 1997 U.S. Open and was a strong contender in four other Majors, twice losing in playoffs. He has been a member of two winning Ryder Cup teams and has recorded 12 victories on the PGA Tour.
David Duval was first team All-American four years and Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year two times while a golfer at Georgia Tech. He won twice on the Nike Tour before joining the PGA Tour in 1995. He finished second in seven events during his first two years before winning his first event in 1997. Before being beset by physical problems, he won 13 tournaments, including the 2001 British Open.
Phil Mickelson was a four-time All-American and three-time NCAA champion at Arizona State University. He also joined Ben Crenshaw as the only three-time winner of the Haskins. He won the 1991 Northern Telecom Open as an amateur enabling him to go directly from college to the PGA Tour. This kicked off a legendary career that includes 47 victories, 39 on the PGA Tour, highlighted by four Masters and one PGA Championship. He will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2012.
Robert Gamez of the University of Arizona turned pro in 1989 and became only the fourth golfer in history to win his first Tour event. He won a second tournament that summer and was named Rookie of the Year. He has five lifetime titles though he went more than 15 years between victories.
Bob Estes was an outstanding golfer at the University of Texas. He started playing golf at the tender age of 4 and had dreamed of a pro career since he was 12. He turned pro in 1988 and had four PGA Tour victories between 1994 and 2002.
Billy Mayfair played golf at Arizona State University. He won the 1986 U.S. Amateur Public Links and 1987 U.S. Amateur. He has won five PGA Tour events, including the 1995 Tour Championship. He was a medalist at the 2010 PGA Qualifying School.
Scott Verplank won the 1985 Western Open while a student at Oklahoma State University. He also won the 1984 U.S. Amateur and 1986 NCAA title. On the PGA Tour — despite suffering from diabetes — he has five victories. He was 1998 Comeback Player of the Year and won the 2002 Ben Hogan Award for overcoming a physical handicap.
Sam Randolph was a three-time All-American at the University of Southern California. He was runner-up at the U.S. Amateur in 1984 and the winner in 1985. He was twice the low amateur at the Masters and once in the U.S. Open. He joined the PGA Tour in 1986 and brought home his only championship in 1987.
John Inman broke Ben Crenshaw’s scoring mark in 1984 when the University of North Carolina golfer was medalist at the NCAA Tournament. Haskins winner Charles Howell III would break his record score in 2000. Inman played 10 years on the PGA Tour and won two tournaments. He became head golf coach at his alma mater in 1998.
Brad Faxon was a two-time All-American at Furman University and a member of the 1983 Walker Cup team, the same year he was named the nation’s top amateur golfer. Recognized as one of the game’s best pure putters, he has won eight PGA tournaments and in 2011 won his first event on the Champions Tour. Faxon has been frequently honored for his charitable efforts in junior golf.
Willie Wood had an amazing amateur career before he went to Oklahoma State University. He was medalist at the 1983 Q-School and began a pro career in which he earned 23 Top 10 finishes on the PGA Tour and 12 on the Champions Tour. He also won the 1996 Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic.
Bob Tway played on two NCAA championship teams at Oklahoma State University and was a three-time All-American. He joined the PGA Tour in 1985 and a year later won four titles and was PGA Player of the Year. He has 13 professional titles including the 1986 PGA Championship. His son Kevin is a current member of the Cowboy squad.
Bobby Clampett was a two-time All-American at Brigham Young University. He won the 1978 World Amateur Medal and was low amateur at the 1978 U.S. Open and 1979 Masters. He won one pro tournament and had almost three dozen top 10 finishes. He is a popular television commentator, author and golf course designer.
Lindy Miller, a three-time All-American at Oklahoma State University, helped the Cowboys to NCAA titles in 1976 and 1978. He was a college teammate of 1981 Haskins winner Bob Tway. At the 1978 Masters, he posted a two-under 286, lowest total for an amateur since 1961. He played on the PGA Tour, the Nationwide and the Champions Tour.
Scott Simpson of the University of Southern California was a two-time medalist in the NCAA Golf Tournament. On the PGA Tour, he won seven events, highlighted by a victory in the 1987 U.S. Open. On the Champions Tour, he recorded a victory at the 2006 Wal-Mart First Tee Open.
Phil Hancock of the University of Florida was a two-time Southeastern Conference champion and played on the Gators national championship team in 1973. Plagued by back problems, he played eight years on the PGA Tour and recorded one victory. After retiring from the Tour, he became a club professional in Auburn, Ala.
Jay Haas of Wake Forest won the NCAA individual title in 1974. He celebrated nine victories on the PGA Tour but earned an even greater reputation on the Champions Tour where he has recorded 15 wins, including three Majors. He won the USGA’s prestigious Bob Jones Award for sportsmanship in 2006, the same year he was named Champions Tour Player of the Year.
Strange attended Wake Forest University and was a member of the NCAA Championship team with Jay Haas and Bob Byman that Golf World has labeled “the greatest of all time”. Considered as one of the leading golfers of the 1980s,(16 of his 17 PGA Tour victories took place in that decade), Strange topped the PGA Tour money list in 1985, 1987 and 1988, when he became the first man to win a million dollars in official money on the Tour in a season. His two majors were the 1988 and 1989 U.S. Opens. He played on five Ryder Cup teams (1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, and 1995) and captained the team in 2002. Strange was inducted into the Golf Hall of Fame on November 12, 2007.
Ben Crenshaw was the first winner of the Haskins Award. And one year later, he became the first multiple winner bringing his second Haskins Award back home to The University of Texas. He then became the first person to win three Haskins Awards the year after that. Luckily, for the rest of the collegiate golfers of that time, Crenshaw graduated and turned pro the year after. Ben Crenshaw completed his marvelous amateur career with three total Haskins Awards before starting his Hall of Fame PGA Tour career. Certainly, it is fair to say that Ben holds a special place in golf history and without question he holds a special place within the history of the Haskins Award.