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Oklahoma State's Hovland Named 2019 Ben Hogan Award Winner
FORT WORTH, Texas (May 20, 2019) – Oklahoma State junior Viktor Hovland was named the winner of the 2019 Ben Hogan Award presented by Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) Monday night at a black-tie dinner at Colonial Country Club. The Hogan Trophy Award Foundation, Friends of Golf (FOG) and Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) made the joint presentation. Hovland is the fourth winner from Oklahoma State since the award moved to Colonial, joining Hunter Mahan (2003), Rickie Fowler (2008) and Peter Uihlein (2011). In addition, Hovland is the second European recipient ever, joining Spaniard Jon Rahm (2015, 2016). Hovland is currently ranked first in three major ranking systems–World Amateur Golf Ranking, Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking and Golfweek/Sagarin Ranking. In addition, he is listed second in the Golfstat College Ranking. Last month, he claimed the Silver Cup as the low amateur at the 2019 Masters Tournament after tying for 32nd place. The native of Oslo, Norway, won the 2018 U.S. Amateur Championship title, tying the record for the fewest holes played in a U.S. Amateur since 1979 in the process. He was the runner up at last year’s European Amateur, reached the round of 16 at the Amateur Championship and tied for eighth at the World Amateur Team Championship. He also represented Europe at the 2018 Arnold Palmer Cup. Including the Masters, Hovland gained entrance into four PGA TOUR events in 2018-19. Hovland tied for 40th at the PGA TOUR’s 2019 Arnold Palmer Invitational, and also earned starts at the Mayakoba Golf Classic and Farmers Insurance Open. During college play, the junior recorded three victories, collecting titles at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate, East Lake Cup and The Prestige. In addition, he has placed among the top 12 in all eight tournaments, including runner-up showings at the Big 12 Championships and the NCAA Louisville Regional. For the season, Hovland boasted a stroke average of 68.59 with 15 of his 22 rounds in the 60s. He shared 11th place at the 2018 NCAA Championship. The Ben Hogan Award is given annually to the top men’s college golfer taking into account all collegiate and amateur competitions over the past 12 months. The selection committee is made up of 30 leaders and experts in amateur, college and professional golf. In addition, all past Hogan Award winners are eligible to vote in the final round. In order to determine the winner, each ballot cast ranked the group of three finalists, which included Hovland, California senior Collin Morikawa and Oklahoma State sophomore Matthew Wolff. The Ben Hogan Trophy was first issued by FOG in 1990 at Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles and also included academic achievement in its original list of standards. In 2002, the Ben Hogan Award moved to Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, Hogan’s hometown and the site of five of his PGA TOUR victories. At that time, it revised its criteria to its current standard of honoring the outstanding amateur and collegiate golfer. In 2005, the tradition of inviting the three finalists began. In addition to Mahan, Fowler and Uihlein, the Cowboys also had a pair of winners at Bel-Air in Kevin Wentworth (1990) and Trip Kuehne (1995). Both the four winners at Colonial and six overall winners are the most by any school in the country. Hovland is the second straight Big 12 Conference recipient, following Texas’ Doug Ghim. Ghim presented Hovland with the bronze Hogan trophy, while Eddie Merrins of FOG awarded the Hogan crystal. In addition, Hovland also received the first invitation into the PGA TOUR’s 2020 Charles Schwab Challenge from tournament chairman Rob Hood. Since 2002, the Hogan Trophy Award Foundation has awarded more than $800,000 in scholarships to over two dozen schools. This year, nearly $70,000 in grants will be distributed, with $30,000 going to the winner’s university, $15,000 to the two finalists’ schools. Contributions also will be made to the GCAA and the charity of choice of Jon Rahm, this year’s featured guest. Winners of the Ben Hogan Award include three golfers currently ranked in the top 15 in the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR)—No. 10 Fowler (2008), No. 11 Rahm (2015, 2016) and No. 14 Patrick Cantlay (2012). Other recipients include: Ricky Barnes (2003), Matt Every (2006), Ghim (2018), Bill Haas (2004), Chris Kirk (2007), Mahan (2003), Maverick McNealy (2017), Ryan Moore (2005), Patrick Rodgers (2014), Kyle Stanley (2009), Nick Taylor (2010), D.J. Trahan (2002), Uihlein (2011) and Chris Williams (2013). Ben Hogan Award winners have collected 37 PGA TOUR victories, have played on eight Ryder Cup teams and 10 Presidents Cup teams and have amassed more than $225 million in winnings. 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NAIA Jack Nicklaus Award presented by Barbasol Finalists Announced
NORMAN, Okla. – five finalists have been named for the 2019 NJCAA Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award presented by Barbasol. Callum Blinkhorn of Lindsey Wilson, Coastal Georgia’s Mark David Johnson and Eli Scott, Keiser’s Carl Didrik Meen Fosaas, and Dalton State’s Ben Rebne are finalists for the award. The winner will be announced May 30. The Award presentation will be held at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, and presented by award namesake Jack Nicklaus during the final round of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide. In addition to receiving the Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award, the five recipients will compete in the Barbasol Shootout for an exemption into the PGA TOUR’s Barbasol Championship, held July 18-21, at the Champions at Keene Trace in Lexington, Ky. The Barbasol Shootout will be held Saturday, June 1 at The Ohio State University Golf Club’s Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio - the same club where Jack Nicklaus played collegiate golf for the Buckeyes. Blinkhorn was named the Mid-South Conference Men’s Golfer of the Year for his performance this season. He claimed six tournament title this season, including three straight entering the NAIA National Championships. Blinkhorn has not finished outside the top 10 in 11 tournaments. The Sun Conference Player of the Year, Johnson has three individual wins this season. He was also runner-up twice and only finished outside the top 10 twice in 10 events. Johnson was previously named the Coastal Georgia Men’s Student-Athlete of the Year. Meen Fosaas was named The Sun Conference Freshman of the Year. He claimed the conference championship as one of two wins this season. Meen Fosaas tallied six additional top five showings and did not place outside the top 14 in 13 events. Rebne earned Southern States Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors. He won three tournaments, including the SSAC championship. In addition to his victories, Rebne tallied five additional top 10 finishes. Scott was named All-Sun Conference. He won the prestigious Battle at Primm and Coastal Georgia’s dual versus Saint Joseph’s (ME). Scott was runner-up twice and only placed outside the top 10 twice in 10 tournaments Nicklaus, a Big Ten and NCAA Champion at The Ohio State University, helped inspire and create the Jack Nicklaus Award in 1988 and it is now presented to the National Player of the year in NCAA Divisions I, II and III, as well as NAIA and NJCAA. About Barbasol:
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Division II Jack Nicklaus Award presented by Barbasol Finalists Announced
NORMAN, Okla. – Five finalists have been named for the 2019 Division II Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award presented by Barbasol. Christian Bosso of West Florida, Sam Broadhurst of Lincoln Memorial, Barry’s Jorge Garcia, Juan Jose Guerra of Nova Southeastern, and Southeastern Oklahoma State’s Zach James are finalists for the award. The winner will be announced May 30. The Award presentation will be held at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, and presented by award namesake Jack Nicklaus during the final round of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide. In addition to receiving the Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award, the five recipients will compete in the Barbasol Shootout for an exemption into the PGA TOUR’s Barbasol Championship, held July 18-21, at the Champions at Keene Trace in Lexington, Ky. The Barbasol Shootout will be held Saturday, June 1 at The Ohio State University Golf Club’s Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio - the same club where Jack Nicklaus played collegiate golf for the Buckeyes. Bosso has three tournament victories in 2018-19. The senior posted five additional top 10 showings. Bosso paced the Argos with seven rounds in the 60s and 20 rounds of par or better. He was named All-Gulf South Conference first team. Broadhurst, the South Atlantic Conference Golfer of the Year, has produced four victories during his senior campaign. Additionally, he has posted five additional top 10 finishes. Broadhurst has posted a 70.75 stroke average this season. Garcia, a senior, was named Sunshine State Conference Golfer of the Year following four tournament victories in 2018-19. He finished in the top seven in all 11 of his tournaments this year and posted a scoring average of 69.76 across 33 rounds. A First Team All-Sunshine State Conference pick in 2019, Guerra has racked up three wins. The senior also placed in the top 10 in five additional events. Guerra did not finish outside the top 10 in 11 tournaments. James, a senior, was also a Nicklaus finalist last season. He has picked up five individual titles in his 12 tournaments this season and has four runner-up finishes. The Great American Conference Player of the Year, James has not finished outside the top four this campaign. Nicklaus, a Big Ten and NCAA Champion at The Ohio State University, helped inspire and create the Jack Nicklaus Award in 1988 and it is now presented to the National Player of the year in NCAA Divisions I, II and III, as well as NAIA and NJCAA. About Barbasol:
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NJCAA Jack Nicklaus Award presented by Barbasol Finalists Announced
NORMAN, Okla. – Six finalists have been named for the 2019 NJCAA Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award presented by Barbasol. Reining Nicklaus Award recipient Callum Bruce of Midland College, Hutchinson’s Charlie Crockett, Leon D’Souza and Branden Meyer of South Mountain, Central Alabama’s Caleb O’Toole, and Mississippi Gulf Coast’s Brice Wilkinson are finalists for the award. The winner will be announced May 30. The Award presentation will be held at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, and presented by award namesake Jack Nicklaus during the final round of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide. In addition to receiving the Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award, the five recipients will compete in the Barbasol Shootout for an exemption into the PGA TOUR’s Barbasol Championship, held July 18-21, at the Champions at Keene Trace in Lexington, Ky. The Barbasol Shootout will be held Saturday, June 1 at The Ohio State University Golf Club’s Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio - the same club where Jack Nicklaus played collegiate golf for the Buckeyes. Bruce has posted five wins this season, including two straight heading into the NJCAA Division I National Championships. He has four additional top-five showings and has only placed outside the top 10 once in 12 events. Crocket has four individual titles this season, including both the NJCAA District III Championship and the Jayhawk Conference. The freshman has three additional top-five finishes. D’Souza has five wins during his sophomore campaign. He has also posted two runner-up finishes and has placed in the top six in nine of 11 tournaments. A sophomore, Meyer tallied three wins thus far this season. He has five additional top-five showings. Meyer has only finished outside the top 20 once in 11 events. O’Toole has posted three victories. A sophomore, O’Toole placed inside the top five on four additional occasions. He has only one finish outside the top seven in 11 tournaments. Wilkinson has three wins during his sophomore season. He has 10 finishes inside the top seven. Wilkinson’s highest finish is tied for 11th in 11 events. Nicklaus, a Big Ten and NCAA Champion at The Ohio State University, helped inspire and create the Jack Nicklaus Award in 1988 and it is now presented to the National Player of the year in NCAA Divisions I, II and III, as well as NAIA and NJCAA. About Barbasol:
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Division III Jack Nicklaus Award presented by Barbasol Finalists Announced
NORMAN, Okla. – Five finalists have been named for the 2019 Division III Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award presented by Barbasol. Reigning Nicklaus Award recipient Josh Gibson of Hope is joined as a finalist by Drew Mathers and Stephen Shephard of Huntingdon, Guilford’s James Mishoe, and Washington & Lee’s Brian Peccie. The winner will be announced May 30. The Award presentation will be held at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, and presented by award namesake Jack Nicklaus during the final round of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide. In addition to receiving the Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award, the five recipients will compete in the Barbasol Shootout for an exemption into the PGA TOUR’s Barbasol Championship, held July 18-21, at the Champions at Keene Trace in Lexington, Ky. The Barbasol Shootout will be held Saturday, June 1 at The Ohio State University Golf Club’s Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio - the same club where Jack Nicklaus played collegiate golf for the Buckeyes. Gibson has posted six victories this season. He has an additional six top-five finishes and has not placed outside the top 10 this season. The player of the Year in the USA South Conference, Mathers has posted three wins this season - including two straight. He also has two runner-up finishes and has placed outside the top 20 only once in nine events. The USA South Conference individual champion was named Huntingdon’s Male Student-Athlete of the Year. A First-Team USA South All-Conference selection, Shephard was also recognized at Huntingdon’s Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He has two wins this season and two runner-up showings this season and has not placed outside the top six this spring. Mishoe was named Old Dominion Athletic Conference Men’s Golf Player of the Year after claiming the league crown. He also has four runner-up finishes and has not placed outside the top six in 10 events this season. Mishoe’s 71.12 stroke average is lowest in school history. The defending NCAA champion, Peccie has two wins this season and tied for medalist honors at the Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship before falling in a one-hole playoff. A First-Team all-conference selection, Peccie was named the ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Nicklaus, a Big Ten and NCAA Champion at The Ohio State University, helped inspire and create the Jack Nicklaus Award in 1988 and it is now presented to the National Player of the year in NCAA Divisions I, II and III, as well as NAIA and NJCAA. About Barbasol:
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Kirakossian Recipient of Jan Strickland Award presented by TaylorMade Golf Company
NORMAN, Okla. – Arizona State’s Armen Kirakossian has been selected recipient of the 2019 Jan Strickland Outstanding Assistant Coach Award presented by TaylorMade Golf Company as selected by the GCAA. The Strickland Award is presented to the NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA or NJCAA assistant coach that, among other things, has excelled in working with their student-athletes both on the course and in the classroom. Kirakossian is in his second season at Arizona State after serving two years as assistant at Pepperdine. This season the Sun Devils have posted four team victories - all in the spring - in addition to five runner-up finishes. Arizona State posted three team wins in Kirakossian’s first campaign. While at Pepperdine he helped the Waves to their best finish at the NCAA Championships and best end-of-season ranking since 2004. Prior to his stint at Pepperdine Kirakossian was the head coach at his alma mater, Texas Pan American. “What a humbling honor it is to be named the Jan Strickland Award recipient,” said Kirakossian. “I can’t thank the players enough for the amazing relationships and the effort they give everyday and Arizona State University for giving me the opportunity to do what I love at a place with such a high commitment to excellence. Big thank you to both head coaches Matt Thurmond and Michael Beard for their friendship and mentorship. They have both shaped me into the coach I am today and I am forever grateful of that. To my wife for being my greatest supporter, always standing by my side. I would also like to extend a huge thank you to the GCAA, TaylorMade, and the Strickland Award Committee for their hard work and time during the selection process. It is such a privilege to coach college golf and I wake up every day with a passion to build the program and help our student-athletes achieve their dreams.” TaylorMade Golf Company has sponsored the Strickland Award since its inception in 2003.
Lumsden of Northwestern Recipient of Byron Nelson Award presented by Srixon/Cleveland Golf
NORMAN, Okla. – Ryan Lumsden of Northwestern has been named recipient of the 2019 Byron Nelson Award presented by Srixon/Cleveland Golf, in cooperation with the Four Seasons Resort and Club Las Colinas, the Salesmanship Club of Dallas and the Golf Coaches Association of America. Candidates for the Nelson Award must be a graduating senior and the selection committee considers equally a nominee’s entire collegiate academic and golf career as well as his character and integrity while in college. Particular consideration will be given to a nominee’s good citizenship, as portrayed by Mr. Byron Nelson over the course of his life and golf career. A native of London, England, Lumsden holds the third-best career stroke average in program history. A two-time All-Big Ten and PING Midwest All-Region selection, he has two career victories, both at the Marquette Intercollegiate during his sophomore and senior seasons. Lumsden also carded eight career top-five finishes. His 71.88 stroke average his sophomore season was the eighth best in Northwestern golf history. A Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar and two-time Academic All-Big Ten member, Lumsden is majoring in economics. Off the golf course, Lumsden volunteered as part of the Student Athlete Advisory Council Canned Food Drive for four years, where Northwestern’s varsity teams collect over 15,000 food items for local charity. He has volunteered at Orrington Elementary School weekly helping coach sports and PE classes, NU Field Day, and through his fraternity helped raise over $53,000 for Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. Lumsden and the Northwestern golf team also volunteered at a local golf course in Evanston, Ill., helping with course restoration. “I am not bold enough to believe I will ever match Mr. Nelson’s achievements on, or off, the course,” said Lumsden. “Indeed, in combining the two, I am not sure anyone ever has. But to be viewed as an individual worthy of the award that carries his names is the greatest honor I could think of as I finish my college career.”
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Rank   Name - Men   School       Rank   Name - Men   School    
1.    Peter Kuest    BYU       1.    Chun An Yu    Arizona State    
2.    Alex Smalley    Duke       2.    Matthias Schmid    Louisville     
3.    Will Gordon    Vanderbilt       3.    Peng Pichaikool    Mississippi   State     
4.    Will Grimmer    Ohio State       4.    Sandy Scott    Texas Tech    
5.    Cole Hammer    Texas       5.    Ivan Ramirez    Texas Tech     
6.    Brandon Wu    Stanford       6.    Kengo Aoshima    Wake Forest     
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1.    Mariel Galdiano    UCLA       1.    Frida Kinhult    Florida State     
2.    Dylan Kim    Arkansas       2.    Patty   Tavatanakit    UCLA    
3.    Jennifer Chang    Southern California       3.    Hira Naveed    Pepperdine    
4.    Malia Nam    Southern California       4.    Julie McCarthy    Auburn    
5.    Haylee Harford    Furman       5.    Albane   Valenzuela    Stanford    
6.    Kaitlyn Papp    Texas       6.    Jiwon Jeon    Alabama    
 
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