BERKELEY, CA (September 8) -- AmateurGolf.com member and Cal junior K.K. Limbhasut has decided to redshirt for the 2016-2017 season to focus on academics.
“I really want to get a degree from Cal since it’s a really good school,” Limbhasut told Golfweek. “and I really want to go into their business school, and it’s pretty hard to get in doing four years. That’s why I’m going to do five years.”
The news comes just days before California, ranked No. 11 in the Preseason Bushnell Golfweek Coaches Poll, was set to start their season at the Gopher Invitational.
Last year Limbhasut, the eighth ranked player in the Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com Men's Rankings, led the Bears in top-10 finishes and scoring average.
Limbhasut, from Loma Linda, CA, just completed a strong summer with five top-five finishes in ranking events. His best finish came at Sunnehanna Amateur where he finished in a tie for second place. Limbhasut also made a run to the Round of 16 at the U.S. Amateur.
With designs to graduate in four years and hopes of getting into the difficult Haas School of Business Limbhasut has decided that taking a year off was in his best academic interest. Making the decision a bit easier was the fact that Cal golfers have made similar decisions in the past. In fact of the 17 players listed on the Cal golf roster, seven are marked as redshirts, not counting Limbhasut who hasn't been officially marked yet.
“It just didn’t really make sense to put him through the ringer to try and graduate in four years,” said Bear's head coach Walter Chun said.
Limbhasut still has plans on chasing the dream of playing professionally and will still practice and maybe even play in local events during his hiatus from the collegiate game.
-First reported by Golfweek.com