T.K. Kim is just the fifth Bronco selected to the NCAA Regional Tournament all-time.
May 6, 2013
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State senior men's golfer T.K. Kim was selected to participate in the NCAA Regional Championships Monday, an announcement that came on the heels of the Bronco winning the regional qualifier for the U.S. Open earlier in the day.
Kim was one of five individuals selected to compete in the West Regional at Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Pullman, Wash., May 16-18.
"T.K. is the hardest-working guy you will meet," head coach Kevin Burton said. "He has put in the effort day-in, and day-out. This is absolutely a well-deserved accomplishment.
"Palouse Ridge is a course he has played in each of his four years at Boise State, so it's a course he knows really, really well."
Kim is just the fifth Bronco selected to participate in the NCAA Regional Championships in school history, and the first since Troy Merritt in 2008. He is also the third Bronco to be selected since Burton took over as head coach, joining Merritt and three-time participant and current PGA Tour member Graham DeLaet.
The top individual not on one of the five advancing teams at each NCAA Regional site will earn a trip to the NCAA Championships at the Capital City Club Crabapple Course in Atlanta, May 28-June 2.
Earlier Monday, Kim fired a 5-under 66 at Ridgecrest Golf Club in Nampa, Idaho, winning the local site and advancing to sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open at Tumble Creek Golf Club in Cle Elum, Wash., June 3.
Previous Broncos to receive an invitation to the NCAA Regional Championships include:
David Lebeck (1993)
Jarrod Warner (1998)
Graham DeLaet (2003, 2004 and 2006)
Troy Merritt (2008)
Kim finished fifth at the 2013 Mountain West Men's Golf Championships Sunday, carding a 54-hole total of 211 (-2). He was one of only seven individuals in the 45-man field to finish under-par.
Kim has finished in the top 25 in each of the Broncos' 11 tournaments this season, tied for the second-most in school history. His three top-10 finishes in 2012-13 give him seven for his career, tied for the eight-most in school history. His scoring average of 72.29 this season is the fifth-lowest by a Bronco all-time.