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Jack Nicklaus Award Division I Finalists presented by Barbasol Announced
NORMAN, Okla. – Five finalists have been named for the 2018 Division I Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award presented by Barbasol. Shintaro Ban of UNLV, Doug Ghim of Texas, Texas A&M’s Chandler Phillips, Justin Suh of Southern California, and Oregon’s Norman Xiong are finalists for the award. The winner will be announced May 31. 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 16-22, at the Champions at Keene Trace in Lexington, Ky. The Barbasol Shootout will be held Saturday, June 2 at the storied Scioto Country Club in Columbus, Ohio - the same club where Jack Nicklaus first learned the game of golf as a young boy. Ban, a senior from San Jose, Calif., was named Mountain West Conference Player of the Year. He was also the league’s individual champion, one of four individual titles this season. Ban led UNLV and the conference in scoring average with 69.51 per round and in 13 tournaments has recorded 12 top-20 finishes, eight top-10s and six top-fives. Out of 39 total rounds, he has shot 20 in the 60s and 31 at par or better. An All-Big 12 selection, Ghim owns a 69.54 scoring average over 28 rounds. The senior from Arlington Heights, Ill., posted three wins, including back-to-back at the Big 12 Championship and the Raleigh Regional. In all, Ghim has six top-10 finishes this season and has placed in the top 20 in eight of nine events. Of his 28 rounds played this season, 14 have been in the 60s and 22 have been at par or better. A Huntsville, Texas, native, Phillips has won four events this year. An All-SEC selection, he brings a 70.36 stroke average into the NCAA Championship and is on pace to break his own school record set last season. Phillips has posted 27 rounds of par or better in his 36 rounds of competition. In addition to his four wins, he has four other top 10s and only placed outside the top 20 once in 12 events his junior campaign. A five-time winner his junior season, Suh was named Pac-12 Player of the Year. A San Jose, Calif., product, he leads the Trojans with a stroke average of 68.73, well under the USC record. Suh carded while his 21 rounds in the 60s this year. He also boasts 23 rounds under par and 28 of par or better in 33 rounds played. Suh has eight top four finishes in 10 starts and nine in the top nine. Xiong has set a school record for wins in a season with six. The sophomore from Canyon Lake, Calif., has a scoring average of 68.74 through 12 tournaments and has shot in the 60s in 22 of his 34 rounds. Xiong was first-team All-Pac 12. He has two additional top 10 finishes and has placed outside the top 25 only once in 12 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:
Barbasol is America’s #1 brand of shaving cream. For nearly 100 years, generations of men have trusted Barbasol for a close, comfortable shave. Barbasol is now proud to offer a comprehensive assortment of premium razors. Barbasol Shaving Cream and Razors are available at retailers nationwide. Barbasol is owned by Dublin, Ohio-based Perio Inc. For more information on Barbasol, visit www.Barbasol.com.
Texas’ Ghim claims 2018 Ben Hogan Award
FORT WORTH, Texas (May 21, 2018) – At a black-tie dinner at Colonial Country Club, Texas senior Doug Ghim was named the winner of the 2018 Ben Hogan Award presented by Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta). The Hogan Trophy Award Foundation, Friends of Golf (FOG) and Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) made the joint presentation. Ghim is the No. 1 player in the Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking, and is listed among the top eight in the other three major ranking systems. He stands third in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, sixth in the Golfweek/Sagarin Ranking and eighth in the Golfstat College Ranking. Last month, Ghim earned the Silver Cup as low amateur at the 2018 Masters Tournament after finishing 50th. He was the only amateur to make the cut. The native of Arlington Heights, Ill., was the 2017 U.S. Amateur runner up in an epic 37-hole final match. Ghim made his run to the final after tying for eighth place during stroke play. He also combined to post a perfect 8-0-0 record for Team USA last summer during the Walker Cup and Arnold Palmer Cup competitions. In addition, Ghim was the 2017 Pacific Coast Amateur champion and won the 2017 Sun Bowl Andeavor College All-America Golf Classic with a tournament record-tying 18-under total of 195. In college play, the All-Big 12 selection owned a 69.54 college scoring average over 28 rounds in 2017-18. He picked up three wins, claiming medalist honors at the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate before winning his final two events, the NCAA Raleigh Regional and Big 12 Conference Championship. In all, Ghim had six top-10 finishes this season and placed in the top 20 in eight of nine college events. Exactly half of his rounds were in the 60s, while 18 were under-par scores. 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 two dozen leaders and experts in amateur, college and professional golf. In order to determine the winner, each committee member cast a ballot that ranked the group of three finalists, which included Ghim, California junior Collin Morikawa and Ole Miss junior Braden Thornberry. 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. Ghim is the first winner from the University of Texas since the award moved to Colonial and is the third Longhorn finalist in the last seven years, joining Jordan Spieth (2012) and Beau Hossler (2016). In 1997, Jeff Fahrenbruch won the Ben Hogan Trophy at Bel-Air.Ghim is the first Big 12 Conference recipient since Oklahoma State’s Peter Uihlein in 2011. Ghim was presented the bronze trophy from 2017 Ben Hogan Award winner Maverick McNealy and the crystal trophy from Eddie Merrins of FOG. In addition, Ghim also received the first exemption into the PGA TOUR’s 2019 Fort Worth Invitational. Since 2002, the Hogan Trophy Award Foundation has awarded more than $700,000 in scholarships to over two dozen schools. This year, $92,000 in grants are being distributed, with $32,000 going to the winner’s university, $16,000 to the two finalists’ schools and $4,000 to the seven semifinalists’ universities. Winners of the Ben Hogan Award include seven golfers currently ranked in the top 100 in the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR)—No. 4 Jon Rahm (2015, 2016), No. 6 Rickie Fowler (2008), No. 34 Patrick Cantlay (2012), No. 48 Kyle Stanley (2009), No. 57 Peter Uihlein (2011), No. 66 Ryan Moore (2005) and No. 84 Bill Haas (2004). Other recipients include: Ricky Barnes (2003), Matt Every (2006), Chris Kirk (2007), Hunter Mahan (2003), McNealy (2017), Patrick Rodgers (2014), Nick Taylor (2010), D.J. Trahan (2002) and Chris Williams (2013). Since the committee began inviting all three finalists to Colonial Country Club in 2005, notable finalists include six players currently inside the top 100 in the OWGR—No. 3 Spieth (2012), No. 54 Russell Henley (2010), No. 82 Hossler (2016), No. 87 Jorge Campillo (2009), No. 91 Ollie Schniederjans (2014) and No. 92 Jamie Lovemark (2008). –TheBenHoganAward.org– About Konica Minolta Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is reshaping and revolutionizing the Workplace of the Future™ (www.reshapework.com). With our comprehensive portfolio, we deliver solutions to leverage mobility, cloud services, and optimize business processes with workflow automation. Our All Covered IT Services division offers a range of IT strategy, support, and network security solutions across all verticals. Konica Minolta has been recognized as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys for 11 consecutive years and is proud to be ranked on the Forbes 2017 America’s Best Employers list. Konica Minolta, Inc. has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for five years in a row. We partner with our customers to give shape to ideas and work to bring value to our society. For more information, please visit: www.CountOnKonicaMinolta.com and follow Konica Minolta on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter @KonicaMinoltaUS.
Division II Jack Nicklaus Award presented by Barbasol Finalists Announced
MOLINE, Ill. – Five finalists have been named for the 2018 Division II Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award presented by Barbasol. Reigning Nicklaus Award recipient Chandler Blanchet of West Florida leads a finalist group that includes Zach James of Southeastern Oklahoma State, Grand Valley State’s Alex Scott, John VanDerLaan of Florida Southern, and Delta State’s Zach Zediker. The winner will be announced May 31. 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 16-22, at the Champions at Keene Trace in Lexington, Ky. The Barbasol Shootout will be held Saturday, June 2 at the storied Scioto Country Club in Columbus, Ohio - the same club where Jack Nicklaus first learned the game of golf as a young boy. Blanchet has posted five victories this season. A senior from Gainesville, Fla., he has four additional top 10 finishes and placed no worse than T17 in 11 events. The Gulf South Conference Men’s Golfer of the Year, Blanchet has carded a 69.58 stroke average. James, a junior from Whitesboro, Texas, was named Great American Conference Golfer of the Year. He has turned in 20 of 29 rounds at par of better, nine of them in the 60s. James claimed three tournament victories and finished sixth or better in every event of the season. Scott was tabbed Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year. A junior from Traverse City, Mich., he has won or shared medalist honors five times. In his 11 appearances this season, Scott has yet to finish outside of the top 16, and has recorded 10 top-10 finishes. The top-ranked player in Division II by Golfstat, VanDerLaan also leads the division in score vs. par and adjusted stroke average with 69.12. The Southbury, Conn, product, has tied for first or won outright seven times his senior campaign. VanDerLaan has placed in the top-10 in all but one of Florida Southern’s 11 tournaments this season. He was previously named Sunshine State Conference Men’s Golfer of the Year. A Panama City, Fla., native, Zediker won or shared medalist honors twice this season. The sophomore posted seven additional top 10 finishes. Zediker was only outside the top 10 once, T19, in 10 tournaments. He was named All-Gulf South Conference. 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:
Barbasol is America’s #1 brand of shaving cream. For nearly 100 years, generations of men have trusted Barbasol for a close, comfortable shave. Barbasol is now proud to offer a comprehensive assortment of premium razors. Barbasol Shaving Cream and Razors are available at retailers nationwide. Barbasol is owned by Dublin, Ohio-based Perio Inc. For more information on Barbasol, visit www.Barbasol.com.
Division III Jack Nicklaus Award presented by Barbasol Finalists Announced
NORMAN, Okla. – Five finalists have been named for the 2018 Division III Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award presented by Barbasol. Josh Gibson of Hope, UT Tyler’s Sam Hill, Ryan Isaacson of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Illinois Wesleyan’s Conner O’Neil, and Cade Osgood of Southwestern (TX) are finalists for the award. The winner will be announced May 31. 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 16-22, at the Champions at Keene Trace in Lexington, Ky. The Barbasol Shootout will be held Saturday, June 2 at the storied Scioto Country Club in Columbus, Ohio - the same club where Jack Nicklaus first learned the game of golf as a young boy. The defending NCAA Champion, Gibson has posted four victories this season. He was runner-up three times and placed third twice. Gibson’s worst finish in 12 events was tied for seventh. A senior, Hill was named the American Southwest Conference Co-Player of the Year. He posted six top 10 finishes in eight tournaments. Isaacson claimed one tournament victory on the season. He posted six additional top-five finishes. Isaacson placed outside the top 20 only once in 10 events. O’Neil won outright or shared medalist honors twice during his senior campaign. He tallied seven top 10 finishes in nine events. O’Neil only placed outside the top 20 once. Osgood posted one victory on the season, winning the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference title. He posed three additional top five finishes and placed outside the top eight only once in nine events. Osgood worst finish was T14. 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:
Barbasol is America’s #1 brand of shaving cream. For nearly 100 years, generations of men have trusted Barbasol for a close, comfortable shave. Barbasol is now proud to offer a comprehensive assortment of premium razors. Barbasol Shaving Cream and Razors are available at retailers nationwide. Barbasol is owned by Dublin, Ohio-based Perio Inc. For more information on Barbasol, visit www.Barbasol.com.
Maggard Recipient of Jan Strickland Outstanding Assistant Coach Award presented by TaylorMade
NORMAN, Okla. – Corey Maggard of Auburn has been named recipient of the 2018 Jan Strickland Outstanding Assistant Coach Award presented by TaylorMade 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. “It is a huge honor to be named the Strickland Award recipient,” said Maggard. “I am extremely grateful to have such hard-working players, support from Auburn administration, and incredible leadership under Head Coach Nick Clinard. I want to extend many thanks to the GCAA, TaylorMade Golf, and the Jan Strickland committee for their hard work during a very busy time of year.” Maggard is now in his fourth season at Auburn under head coach Nick Clinard, and his second as Associate Head Coach. He was a finalist for the Strickland Award in 2017 and semifinalist in 2016. The Tigers have posted four tournament wins this season, including the SEC Championship, and have placed no worse than tied for sixth in 12 events. Trace Crowe claimed medalist honors at the Gary Koch Intercollegiate and is one of nine Auburn golfers to place in the top 10 individually this season. In the three seasons prior, Maggard helped lead Auburn to as high as No. 2 nationally in 2016-17 and the team claimed 11 tournament victories. Five Tigers were named All-SEC. Auburn has earned All-Academic Team recognition all three seasons. Previously Maggard was head coach at Guilford and assistant coach at Transylvania. “I’m extremely proud of Corey and it’s exciting to see him win this prestigious award,” stated Clinard. “He’s been a huge asset to our golf program and works diligently every day to help our student-athletes be successful in all areas of their lives. His passion to help young people is inspiring and I’m very happy for him to receive this honor.” TaylorMade has sponsored the Strickland Award since its inception in 2003.
18Birdies to Sponsor Golf Coaches Association of America
18Birdies to serve as presenting sponsor for the GCAA Team Academic Awards OAKLAND, Calif., – April 30, 2018 – Mobile golf technology startup, 18Birdies, today announced that it is sponsoring the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) and will be the exclusive title sponsor for the annual GCAA Team Academic Awards, beginning this year. At this year’s GCAA National Convention in Las Vegas, 18Birdies will present the award to the Academic National Champions in each division (NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA, NJCAA DI, NJCAA DII). “We’re very excited to be supporting the next generation of elite golfers through the GCAA,” said 18Birdies CEO, Eddy Lui. “At 18Birdies, we understand that today’s collegiate golfers are tomorrow’s influencers, who will help grow the game and are proud of the work that the GCAA has done in recognizing and promoting them.” Every year, the GCAA honors the top academic team from each NCAA Division at the annual GCCA National Convention. In 2017, a total of 187 teams with an average team GPA of 3.00 or higher submitted themselves for the award. In addition to the top team award, teams with an average GPA of 3.5 or higher receive the President’s Special Recognition status. Founded in 1958, the GCAA has been dedicated to supporting its member coaches through providing educational opportunities and resources and recognizing coach and student-athlete achievements. 18Birdies has been the fastest growing golf app since launching at the 2016 PGA Merchandise Show with over 900,000 users and has been committed to meeting the needs of today’s college and high school programs beginning with bringing on GCAA Hall of Famer and current Stanford men’s head golf coach, Conrad Ray, as a strategic advisor. "The GCAA is pleased to partner with 18birdies for the Team Academic Awards," said GCAA President Andrew Sapp. "Our association is proud to highlight the academic accomplishments of our programs, especially those Academic National Champions and President's Special Recognition honorees. We're excited that 18birdies is collaborating with us on this endeavor but also supporting programs throughout the GCAA." About 18Birdies
18Birdies is reimagining the world of golf through technology, transforming the way golf is played, experienced and perceived, and building a more diverse, positive and relevant golf community. Our offerings are making golf more fun, engaging, and inclusive for golfers; more efficient and productive for courses; and providing access to a large engaged community for partners. For more information, visit www.18birdies.com. About the GCAA
Established in 1958, the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) is the professional organization of golf coaches. The GCAA's mission is to support its member coaches by creating educational opportunities, providing resources, and promoting its members with the purpose of enhancing their overall performance as coaches, mentors, and teachers. The GCAA also recognizes the excellence and achievements of its members and their student-athletes in academic, athletic and civic endeavors.
Baylor’s Perrine Recipient of Byron Nelson Award presented by Srixon/Cleveland Golf
NORMAN, Okla. – Matthew Perrine of Baylor has been named recipient of the 2018 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 Austin, Texas, Perrine transferred to Baylor after spending his freshman season at Auburn. The lone senior on Baylor’s roster, Perrine currently boasts a 71.17 stroke average and he has played 16 of 30 rounds at par or better this season. A total of 28 of his 30 rounds have counted towards Baylor’s team score. Perrine has posted three top-five finishes, four in the top 10, and seven in the top 25. A PING Third-Team All-America selection his junior season, Perrine’s Baylor career 71.89 stroke average is the fourth best in school history. He has carded 48 rounds of par or better in his three years as a Bear. Perrine has 15 top-10 finishes in his time at Baylor. He enters the Big 12 Tournament on a streak of 33 consecutive tournaments played as part of the Baylor lineup. A Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar and two-time First Team Academic Big 12, Perrine is majoring in business. He is a four-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and three-time Baylor Dean’s List selection. Off the golf course, Perrine has been active with Feed My Starving Children and the Jason Dufner Foundation. Last fall he orgaized and hosted a bingo night for residents at a retirement community in Waco, Texas. “It is an incredible honor to be the 2018 Byron Nelson Award recipient,” said Perrine. “Mr. Nelson left behind the legacy of being not only one of the games greatest players but also that of being the greatest role model for all young golfers. I look forward to the challenge and opportunity to live up to the legacy of Mr. Nelson in the years to come.”
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Rank   Name - Men   School       Rank   Name - Men   School    
1.    Justin Suh    Southern   California       1.    Fredrik Nilehn    Texas Tech     
2.    Collin Morikawa    California       2.    Viktor Hovland    Oklahoma   State     
3.    Matthew Wolff    Oklahoma State       3.    Alvaro Ortiz    Arkansas     
4.    Davis Riley    Alabama       4.    Stefano Mazzoli    TCU    
5.    Shintaro Ban    UNLV       5.    Jovan Rebula    Auburn     
6.    Brad Dalke    Oklahoma       6.    Lorenzo Scalise    Tennessee     
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1.    Lilia Vu    UCLA       1.    Maria Fassi    Arkansas     
2.    Lauren Stephenson    Alabama       2.    Patty   Tavatanakit    UCLA    
3.    Andrea Lee    Stanford       3.    Olivia Mehaffey    Arizona State    
4.    Sophia Shubert    Texas       4.    Dewi Weber    Miami    
5.    Kristen Gillman    Alabama       5.    Ainhoa Olarra    South   Carolina    
6.    Emilia Migliaccio    Wake Forest       6.    Jaravee   Boonchant    Duke    
 
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