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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.”
Semifinalists for 2018 Ben Hogan Award named
FORT WORTH, Texas (April 12, 2018) – The Hogan Trophy Award Foundation, Friends of Golf (FOG) and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) have announced the 10 semifinalists for the 2018 Ben Hogan Award presented by Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta). The semifinalist group is comprised of four seniors, four juniors and two sophomores. The 10 contenders, in alphabetical order, are: UNLV senior Shintaro Ban, junior Zach Bauchou of Oklahoma State, Texas senior Doug Ghim, sophomore Viktor Hovland of Oklahoma State, Vanderbilt senior Theo Humphrey, junior Collin Morikawa of California, Texas Tech senior Fredrik Nilehn, junior Justin Suh of Southern California, Ole Miss junior Braden Thornberry and sophomore Norman Xiong of Oregon. All 10 players are currently ranked among the top 30 in each of the four major ranking systems—Golfstat NCAA Player Ranking, Golfweek/Sagarin Collegiate Individual Ranking, Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking and World Amateur Golf Ranking. Morikawa (2017) is the lone player ever to previously appear as a semifinalist. Each semifinalist’s school receives a scholarship grant for its men’s golf program. Since 2002, the Hogan Trophy Award Foundation has awarded over $700,000 in scholarships to more than two dozen universities. The Ben Hogan Award is issued annually in May to the top men’s NCAA Division I, II or III, NAIA or NJCAA college golfer taking into account all collegiate and amateur competitions during the past 12-month period. The award’s selection committee, which votes during each stage of the process, is made up of nearly two dozen leaders and experts in professional, amateur and collegiate golf. On Wednesday, May 2, the group of semifinalists will be pared down to three finalists. The three finalists will then travel to Fort Worth, Texas, to attend a black-tie banquet where the winner will be crowned at Colonial Country Club on Monday, May 21, prior to the start of the PGA TOUR’s Fort Worth Invitational. The Ben Hogan Trophy was first issued 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 collegiate golfer. In 2005, the tradition of inviting the three finalists began. Winners of the Ben Hogan Award include seven golfers currently ranked in the top 100 in the Official World Golf Rankings—Jon Rahm (2015, 2016), Rickie Fowler (2008), Patrick Cantlay (2012), Kyle Stanley (2009), Peter Uihlein (2011), Bill Haas (2004) and Ryan Moore (2005). Other recipients include: Ricky Barnes (2003), Matt Every (2006), Chris Kirk (2007), Hunter Mahan (2003), Maverick McNealy (2017), Patrick Rodgers (2014), Nick Taylor (2010), D.J. Trahan (2002) and Chris Williams (2013). Some notable semifinalists over the years include: Jonas Blixt (Florida State), Bud Cauley (Alabama), Kevin Chappell (UCLA), Bryson Dechambeau (SMU), Harris English (Georgia), Brian Harman (Georgia), Russell Henley (Georgia), Beau Hossler (Texas), Dustin Johnson (Coastal Carolina), Michael Kim (California), Scott Langley (Illinois), Spencer Levin (New Mexico), Cheng-Tsung Pan (Washington), Patrick Reed (Augusta State), Ollie Schneiderjans (Georgia Tech), Webb Simpson (Wake Forest), Jordan Spieth (Texas), Justin Thomas (Alabama), Michael Thompson (Alabama), Camilo Villegas (Florida) and Nick Watney (Fresno State). For more information on the Ben Hogan Award, visit and follow @BenHoganAward on Twitter. 2018 Ben Hogan Award Semifinalists
Shintaro Ban, UNLV, Sr., San Jose, Calif.
Zach Bauchou, Oklahoma State, Jr., Forest, Va.
Doug Ghim, Texas, Sr., Arlington Heights, Ill.
Viktor Hovland, Oklahoma State, So., Oslo, Norway
Theo Humphrey, Vanderbilt, Sr., Greenwich, Conn.
Collin Morikawa, California, Jr., La Cañada Flintridge, Calif.
Fredrik Nilehn, Texas Tech, Sr., Goteborg, Sweden
Justin Suh, Southern California, Jr., San Jose, Calif.
Braden Thornberry, Ole Miss, Jr., Olive Branch, Miss.
Norman Xiong, Oregon, So., Canyon Lake, Calif. Semifinalist Notes
•For the second consecutive year, the Ben Hogan Award semifinalist group includes four seniors, four juniors and two sophomores.
•Four leagues are represented on the list, led by the Big 12 Conference with four players. The other leagues include the Pac-12 Conference (3), Southeastern Conference (2) and Mountain West Conference (1).
•Oklahoma State teammates Zach Bauchou and Viktor Hovland are semifinalists, meaning for the second straight year, one school has multiple semifinalists. They are the 17th teammates to be semifinalists since 2002.
•The longest active semifinalist streak by any school belongs to Oregon (3), after Stanford had its semifinalist streak of eight years snapped. Schools with active streaks include California (2), Southern California (2) and Vanderbilt (2).
•Two universities with semifinalists are home to Ben Hogan Award winners since 2002. Those schools are: Oklahoma State (Hunter Mahan, Rickie Fowler and Peter Uihlein) and UNLV (Ryan Moore).
•Two golfers (Fredrik Nilehn of Texas Tech and Braden Thornberry of Ole Miss) are the first-ever semifinalists from their respective schools. About Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is reshaping and revolutionizing the Workplace of the Future™ ( 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: and follow Konica Minolta on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter @KonicaMinoltaUS.
Michigan’s Mueller Recipient of David Toms Overcoming Adversity Award presented by the AJGA
NORMAN, Okla. – Kyle Mueller, a senior at Michigan, has been named recipient of the David Toms Overcoming Adversity Award presented by the AJGA. On July 6, 2016, Mueller’s mother, Monica Mueller, was killed in a single-car accident while traveling to watch Kyle in an amateur golf tournament. She had originally planned to drive down with her husband at the end of the week, but decided to travel out late that evening as Kyle’s older brother was caddying for him that week. Monica’s passing had a drastic impact on the Mueller family and the community in which they lived. A veterinarian, Monica founded Good Hands Veterinarian Hospital in 2001 and her passing impacted her clients, employees, veterinary students, and countless friends. Monica’s visitation was scheduled to last two hours, but due to the significant turnout of those that wished to pay their respects, it was lengthened to four-and-a-half hours. Even then, many people were unable to visit due to the lengthy wait. The memorial service was scheduled to be held at the family’s regularly attended church but was moved to a larger venue to accommodate the 800-1000 relatives, friends, and clients that wished to attend. The family still receives notes, cards, and calls describing the positive impact Monica had in their lives. Although Mueller could have taken the rest of the summer to be with family, he eventually resumed his summer schedule. When he returned to Michigan that September to begin his junior year, he was a team leader in both word and action. While serving as a team leader, Mueller posted his best season at Michigan. He earned PING All-America recognition and was named All Big Ten First Team. Mueller won two events and broke his own school scoring record with 71.36. He was also a standout in the classroom, earning Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar and Academic All Big Ten honors. Thus far his senior season, Mueller has led the Wolverines in three of their four events and with his worst showing 12th. Additionally, he set a school mark by shooting 63 and holds a season scoring average of 69.18. Mueller is scheduled to make his 42nd consecutive start for Michigan at the Big Ten Match Play Championships - not missing an event his entire career.
On a more personal level, the tragic loss of his mother helped Kyle to realize how individual actions can have positive impacts on he lives of others. He uses an acronym continually repeated by Monica - PACE - Positive Attitude Changes Everything. While the time since her passing has been difficult for the family, PACE has continually motivated Kyle to be the best version of himself. “Since my mother’s passing I have become more cognizant of how my attitude and actions can influence someone’s life,” said Mueller. “While I always knew she was a wonderful mom and person, it was not until the weeks and months after her passing where I truly understood the type of positive impact she had on others. Thinking of my mother’s impression on those around her and her favorite acronym, PACE, continually motivates me to become the best version of myself in all aspects of my life. I am very honored to be this year’s recipient and hope that my story can positively impact others who may be dealing with a similar situation, much like my mother would have done.” - GCAA - About the AJGA:
Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2018, the American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. The AJGA provides valuable exposure for college golf scholarships, and has an annual junior membership (boys and girls, ages 12-19) of more than 6,900 members from 50 states and 60 foreign countries. Through initiatives like the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant, a financial assistance program, and Leadership Links, a service-oriented platform that teaches juniors charitable-giving skills, the AJGA fosters the growth of golf’s next generation. TaylorMade-adidas Golf became the AJGA’s National Sponsor in 2016 after more than 25 years of support. Rolex, which is in its fourth decade of AJGA sponsorship, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2017, adidas joined the AJGA as a Premier Partner, serving as the Official Apparel and Footwear of the AJGA. AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 900 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, Sergio Garcia, Hunter Mahan, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Justin Thomas, Stacy Lewis, Ariya Jutanugarn, Alison Lee, Lexi Thompson, Inbee Park, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Cristie Kerr and Morgan Pressel.
Cal Poly’s Cartwright Recipient of Labron Harris Sr. Award
NORMAN, Okla. – Scott Cartwright, Head Men’s Golf Coach at Cal Poly and a member of the Southern California PGA Section, has been named winner of the Labron Harris Sr. Award presented by the Golf Coaches Association of America in cooperation with The PGA of America. The Harris Award is presented to the college or high school coach and PGA Professional whose support of the game through teaching, coaching and involvement in the community has helped ensure the continued growth of the game of golf and who represents the finest qualities the game has to offer. “I am honored and humbled to be the 2017 Labron Harris Sr. Awards winner,” said Cartwright. “I like so many of my fellow PGA Members and GCAA Member are builders.... Builders of programs, builders of facilities, character builders, and builders of characters. To be recognized by my peers is quite fulfilling and I am very grateful. I have been fortunate to have been involved with so many great people both in the golf industry and outside the industry to help promote the Game of Golf. Thanks to the many PGA Members who aided in opening doors for new programs to develop. I will certainly strive to honor this award with continuing to grow the game.” Cartwright is in his 17th season as head coach of the men’s golf program, which was resurrected in 2000 and coached by Tom Moos for one year. He also served 12 seasons as the women’s golf head coach from 2003-15. A two-time Big West Conference Coach of the Year, Cartwright has guided the Cal Poly men’s team to the NCAA West Regional twice and individuals in three other regionals. Cartwright guided the Mustang men’s program to its first Big West Conference championship in 2006. He also coached former Mustang standout Travis Bertoni to 11 career wins, including the Big West individual title in 2005. In 2011 Cartwright guided Geoff Gonzalez to qualify individually for the NCAA finals, a first for Cal Poly. Outside of Cal Poly’s success on the golf course, Cartwright has raised $15 million to endow the Cal Poly golf program. He has been in charge of development of golf facilities, oversees golfers academic progress and directed the team’s overall strength program. For eight straight years Cal Poly has received a perfect 1000% APR recognition from the NCAA. Cartwright played collegiately at Cal State Fullerton and graduated in 1981 with a major in physical education and a minor in business.
Prior to his coaching career at Cal Poly, Cartwright was head golf professional and director of golf at San Luis Obispo Country Club. While there he was involved in the total greens reconstruction, total cart path redesign and construction, course redesign and total clubhouse construction. Before his stint at San Luis Obispo Country Club he was head professional at Mountain View Country Club. Cartwright founded and was director of San Luis Obispo County Junior Golf. He developed the group’s Junior Golf Olympic Program which evolved into Drive, Chip and Putt. Cartwright also developed team play tournaments for the five PGA chapter junior golf associations He also served as head coach at San Luis Obispo High School. For his contributions he was named Junior Golf Leader of the Year for the Southern California PGA Section in 1997. Cartwright has twice qualified for the National Club Professional Championship. In 2002 he won the Southern California Section Match Play Championship and captured the Northern Chapter’s championship in 2009. Twice Cartwright was named the Northern Chapter’s Golf Professional of the Year.
Also active in the community, Cartwright serves as a youth basketball coach for the YMCA and soccer coach and referee for AYSO. Previously he served as vice president of San Luis Obispo Youth Baseball. Cartwright is the youth group leader for the San Luis Obispo Church of the Nazarene. He is also involved with the Wounded Warrior Project, Birdie for the Brave, Birdies for Breast Cancer and Folds of Honor. Scott and his wife Cheryl have two children. Cartwright follows in the footsteps of past Labron Harris Award recipients Jay Hardwick (Virginia Tech/Middle Atlantic PGA Section), Devon Brouse (Purdue/Indiana PGA Section), the late Rod Myers (Duke/Carolina PGA Section), Herb Page (Kent State/Northern Ohio PGA Section), Jim Brown (Ohio State/Southern Ohio PGA Section), Pat Owen (U.S. Naval Academy/Middle Atlantic PGA Section), Rick Pohle (Williams College/ Northeastern New York PGA Section), John Bermel (Northern Iowa/Iowa PGA Section), Pat Goss (Northwestern/Illinois PGA Section), Mike Small (Illinois/Illinois PGA Section), Mike Mayer (Indiana/Indiana PGA Section), Puggy Blackmon (South Carolina/Carolinas PGA Section) and Harry Hammond (West Chester/Philadelphia PGA Section).
Five Inductees for 2017 GCAA Hall of Fame Class
NORMAN, Okla. – The GCAA will induct four coaches - Dr. Garland Allen of Gardner-Webb, Paul Chavez of Odessa College, West Florida’s Steve Fell, and Conrad Ray of Stanford - along with Golfstat founder Mark Laesch in its 2017 Hall of Fame Class. Allen and Laesch will be honored posthumously. The group will be officially inducted at the GCAA Hall of Fame Reception and Awards Banquet Monday, Dec. 11 in Las Vegas. Allen began his tenure at Gardner-Webb in 1961 when the institution was still a junior college. During his first year, he served as an academic counselor. He taught history in 1961 and 1962 and served as the acting chairman of the religion department from 1962-64. He began his 27-year golf coaching career in 1962, a post he maintained until his retirement from the university in 1989. He directed the golf program to nine appearances in the NAIA National Tournament. The crowning moment came during when Gardner-Webb captured back-to-back NAIA National Championships in 1976 and ‘77. Allen was honored as NAIA Coach of the Year in 1976 and 1977, and was inducted into the Gardner-Webb Athletics Hall of Fame on Nov. 6, 1993. Also a professor emeritus of religion and history, Allen retired from Gardner-Webb in 1989. Soon after his retirement, the Garland H. Allen Golf Scholarship was established by the Gardner-Webb Bulldog Club in his honor. Chavez is in his 21st year at the helm of the Odessa College golf program. The Wranglers won back-to-back national championships in 2004 and 2005, and again in 2017. He was named 2017 NJCAA National Coach of the Year, his fifth time to win the honor. Under Chavez, Odessa has won 145 team championships, including nine NJCAA Region V Championships, 10 NJCAA Texas State Championships, and 10 WJCAC Conference Championships. During his tenure the Wranglers have finished in the top five nationally 13 times and have produced 29 NJCAA All-Americans, 21 PING All-Americans, 50 NJCAA All-Region, 40 NJCAA All-State, and 66 WJCAC All-Conference performers. In all 73 student-athletes have transferred to four-year institutions. Chavez is also involved away from the course. He recently served on the NJCAA Golf Poll (Div. 1) committee and is a Past President of the NJCAA Coaches Association and was instrumental in the implementation of the Golfstat scoring system for NJCAA Golf. He also serves on the Golf Advisory Board for Ratliff Ranch Golf Links, Texas Junior Golf Tour Advisory Board member, current President of Permian High School Boys Golf Booster Club, Upward Basketball Coach, and has been the guest speaker at several engagements along with being involved with many church and community activities. Fell took over as head coach of the West Florida men’s golf team in 1994 as it began its transition from the NAIA to NCAA Division II and the Gulf South Conference. Prior to the 2011-12 season, Fell was also named director of golf at UWF, overseeing both the men’s and women’s programs. The Argonauts won NCAA Division II national championships in 2001 and 2008 and have been a national and regional power every year under Fell’s watch. In 2016-17, the Argonauts won a school-record eight tournaments, including their fourth NCAA Regional, before advancing to the semifinals of the NCAA Championship. UWF also has claimed 15 GSC titles, the most among active league schools. Fell, a 14-time GSC Coach of the Year and two-time Dave Williams National Coach of the Year Award presented by Golf Pride, has tallied 73 career tournament wins, averaging three wins per season. In the summer of 2010, Fell was also named the GSC Coach of the Decade. He has coached 40 PING All-Americans at UWF, and 72 have earned All-GSC honors. Laesch founded Golfstat in 1984. He began by selling his service to local college Illinois State before his statistical program changed college golf. Golfstat’s statistical database aggregated results from every tournament at every level of college golf. The NCAA Golf Committees for the past 28 years have used Golfstat’s data to select teams for postseason competition and worked with Laesch to develop a team and individual ranking. Golfstat revolutionized how teams and college golf fans followed the sport when it began its live scoring service. An ardent supporter of the GCAA, Laesch provided Golfstat’s services to GCAA award and Arnold Palmer Cup committees for selection purposes and helped the Association develop the Arnold Palmer Cup Individual Ranking. The GCAA and WGCA present the Mark Laesch Award, presented to the team that showed the greatest improvement from the previous season in adjusted stroke average, in his honor. Ray, a former Cardinal standout student-athlete, is Stanford’s Knowles Family Director of Men’s Golf. The 2017-18 season marks his 13th on The Farm. During his tenure as head coach, Ray has led the Cardinal to 11 appearances in the NCAA Championships, including the school’s eighth national title in 2007. Stanford has won three Pac-12 Championships and four NCAA regional crowns under his direction. Ray was the 2007 Dave Williams National Coach of the Year presented by Golf Pride recipient and a two-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year. Stanford student-athletes have been well decorated under Ray’s watch, as he has helped produce two Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award presented by Barbasol recipients, two Ben Hogan Award presented by Konica Minolta winners and a Byron Nelson Award presented by Srixon/Cleveland Golf honoree. Cardinal golfers have earned 27 PING All-America, 21 Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar, four Pac-12 Players of the Year, three Pac-12 Scholar-Athletes of the Year, three Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and 18 All-Pac-12 first team selections. Additionally, Ray coached the 2008 United States Arnold Palmer Cup team and five Stanford golfers have represented their country in the event during his tenure. Ray has also been an active member of the GCAA. Currently the Association’s Past President, he has been a member of the National Advisory Board since 2006. He has additionally served on the Arnold Palmer Cup player and coach selection committees, as well as selection committees for he David Toms and Labron Harris Awards. Ray has also served on the GCAA Nomination Committee and USGA College Relations Committee. A 2011 inductee into the Northern California Golf Hall of Fame, Ray hosts Sirius/XM radio program GolfU.
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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     
     Name - Women    School            Name - Women    School     
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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