NEW YORK—Columbia men’s golf coach Rich Mueller officially announced the program’s 2018 recruiting class on Wednesday afternoon. Columbia will welcome three golfers to the 2018-19 team including Daniel Core, Pat Healy and Derek Kim.
“We’ve again found three highly capable young men whose junior golf careers precede them,” Mueller said. “This group brings experience, prior success on the national and international level and a strong desire to win an Ivy League Championship. When you couple this recruiting class with the foundation built by our upperclassmen, good things are bound to happen.”
Since taking over the men’s program in 2005, Mueller has guided Columbia men’s golf to four Ivy League team championships, three individual Ivy League championships, five NCAA post-season appearances and 25 All-Ivy League individual golf performances.
5-10 | Sorrento, Fla./Circle Christian H.S.
A 2018 graduate of Circle Christian High School in Winter Park, Fla., where he played three years of varsity golf for Head Coach Scott Richardson … Two-time Florida All-State selection … Named the 2017-18 Centurion Athlete of the Year, a school athletic and academic award … Named to the 2017 Transmerica Scholastic Honor Roll … Placed second individually at the 2017 Class 1A Florida state golf championship (four-under-par 67-73-140) and guided the Centurions to the state title as a senior … Finished the 2017 season with a 73.6 scoring average … Placed eighth at the 2018 Foley Performance Academy AJGA Open (78-71-70-219) … Finished in second place at the 2017 Honda High School Invitational at PGA National (72-72-144) … Finished 32nd and made cut at the 2017 Western Junior Championship (72-70-73-71) … Finished third at the 2017 AJGA Open at Seagate (69-70) … Registered two top-10 finishes in three Florida Junior Tour events in 2017 … Guided the Centurions to a runner-up finish in the Class 1A Florida High School State championships as a freshman in 2015 … Ranked No. 86 on the AJGA Rolex Rankings in 2017-18 … Ranked No. 171 on the Junior Golf Scoreboard in 2017-18 … Ranked No. 69 on the Golfweek Sagarin Rankings in 2017-18 … Ranked No. 34 with a -1.87 scoring differential on the National High School Golf Association Ranking … Best round was a 5-under-par 69-70-139 shot at the AJGA Seagate Golf Club … Involved in volunteer activities including the Special Olympics and American Junior Golf Association … Earned first place honors in the region in the 2016-17 FICAP National Essay Competition … Earned third place in the Circle Christian Mathematics Fair after creating a quadratics model for golf shots … Earned third place in the Martin Luther King Jr. state essay competition.
Born Daniel Core on June 1, 2000 in China … Son of Victor and Julie Core of Sorrento, Fla. … Both parents attended HuaQiao University in China … Hobbies and interests include badminton and chess … Volunteered/interned at Liberty Law Firm … Has been playing golf for 10 years … Writes freelance articles … Competed at state badminton tournaments … Chose Columbia for the prestigious academic opportunities in New York City, sense of community on the campus, strong direction of the golf program, coaching staff and the outstanding facilities … Enrolled at Columbia College and intends to major in Computer Science.
5-10 | Centerport, N.Y./Harborfields H.S.
A 2018 graduate of Harborfields High School in Greenlawn, N.Y., where he played five years of varsity golf … Four-time All-County golfer … Four-time All-Conference and All-League selection … Three-year team captain (sophomore, junior and senior years) … Played as the team’s lead golfer during all four years of high school … Qualified for the 2016 Junior PGA Championship after shooting a five-under-par with a string of six birdies in a row … Won the 2017 Kerry Cup in Waterville, Ireland … Tied for eighth place in the 2017 U.S. Amateur Qualifier … Won the 2015 Smithtown Landing Junior Classic … Won the Met Junior 2015 PTA Ernst & Young Sportsmanship Award … Earned runner-up honors for the 2015 NYS Junior PGA Championship and Metropolitan PGA Long Island Junior rankings … President of the National Honor Society... Recipient of the 2018 National Honor Society Outstanding Leadership award and Outstanding Service Award... Recipient 2018 Presidential award for educational Excellence and Achievement.
Born Patrick Bailey Healy on December 29, 1999 in Huntington, N.Y. … Son of William and Joan Healy of Centerport, N.Y. … Father attended the University of Pennsylvania and mother attended Stony Brook University … Hobbies and interests include the violin … Played the violin since age 5 and has performed at Carnegie Hall on three separate occasions as a guest of the School of Strings … His last performance there was in June 2016 … Has also performed the National Anthem at Madison Square Garden for both the New York Knicks and New York Liberty … Worked as a caddy at the Huntington Country Club … Chose Columbia because it offered a tremendous education while living in New York City along with the opportunity to reach his potential by playing golf for Coach Mueller and at world-class practice facilities … Enrolled at Columbia College and intends to major in Economics.
5-7 | Irvine, Calif./Northwood H.S.
A 2018 graduate of Northwood High School in Irvine, Calif. where he played three years of varsity golf … Three-time Orange County Register All-County golfer … Represented the United States at the Canadian Junior Golf Association and finished third in 2016 … Two-time representative of Southern California at the California State Junior Amateur Championship (North vs. South) in both 2016 and 2017 … Three-time team Most Valuable Player award winner (2016, 2017 and 2018) … Named team Rookie of the Year as a freshman in 2015 … Three-year team captain (sophomore, junior and senior years) … Shot a career-low round of 65 (seven-under-par) … High School match score was a 29 … Lowest number of putts in a round was 22 and lowest two-day total was a 135 (nine-under-par) … Earned a ninth place finish at the 2017 IMG Junior World … Finished fourth place at the 2018 AJGA Junior at Yolo Fliers … Finished in first place at the 2017 Evian International AJGA Senior Showcase … Placed first at the 2017 National Tour Sycuan Junior … Earned a first place finish at the 2017 National Tour Fall Slam … Finished first at the 2017 Scott Simpson Junior … Placed first at the 2016 Bridgestone Fall Tournament of Championships … Placed first at the 2016 Cleveland/Srixon Championship … Three-time Principal’s Honor Roll student.
Born Derek Hwan Kim on November 19, 1999 in Downey, Calif. … Son of Manuan and Jisook Kim of Irvine, Calif. … Father is a traffic engineer for CalTrans … Hobbies and interests include bodysurfing, soccer, piano and vocal music and working as a junior golf instructor … Also has been snowboarding since he was five years old, loves 50s music and wants to travel to Europe … Served as a staff writer for The Howler, his school’s newspaper … Chose Columbia to achieve his dream of playing collegiate golf at a prestigious level and attend an Ivy League school … Enrolled at Columbia College … Undecided on major.