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ASU's Rahm honored as 2015 Ben Hogan Award winner
Junior is first recipient in Arizona State history and inaugural European honoree FORT WORTH, Texas (May 18, 2015) – Arizona State junior Jon Rahm was named the 2015 winner of The Ben Hogan Award Monday night in a joint announcement by Colonial Country Club, Friends of Golf (FOG) and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) at the annual award’s banquet. The first honoree in school history, Rahm is the fourth straight winner from the Pac-12 Conference, following UCLA’s Patrick Cantlay (2012), Washington’s Chris Williams (2013) and Stanford’s Patrick Rodgers (2014). He is the first recipient not born in North America and just the second foreign-born player ever, joining Canadian Nick Taylor (2010). The Ben Hogan Award is presented annually 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 12-month period dating from the previous award’s banquet. Rahm, a native of Barrika, Spain, is the No. 1 player in the World Amateur Golf Rankings as well as the Scratch Players World Rankings.
Meanwhile, he is listed second in both the Golfstat Rankings and Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings. He is the only player in the world listed among the top five in each of the four ranking systems. He has won four college tournaments in 2014-15, capped by a two-shot victory at the NCAA San Diego Regional this past weekend. He also won the Duck Invitational, ASU Thunderbird and Bill Cullum Invite. The junior has 10 consecutive top-8 finishes at college events and owns a
68.78 stroke average. His average is the second-best in recorded NCAA history, behind only fellow finalist Maverick McNealy of Stanford (68.70). In February, Rahm tied for fifth at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, becoming the first amateur to place in the top five at a PGA TOUR event since 2008. He finished the event with a 12-under-par 272. This summer, Rahm will compete on the European Palmer Cup roster for the second straight year. He helped lead his side to victory in 2014 with a team-best 3.5-point performance. In addition, he won the 2014 Eisenhower Trophy given to the medalist of the World Team Amateur and broke Jack Nicklaus’ scoring record by six shots. Last summer, he also won the Spanish Amateur Championship and reached the U.S. Amateur’s round of 16. Tournament chairman Bobby Patton presented Rahm with an exemption into the PGA TOUR’s 2016 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. In addition, Arizona State earned a $25,000 grant for its men’s golf scholarship program. Rodgers was on hand to award the trophy to his successor. The other finalists, McNealy and Washington’s Cheng-Tsung Pan, each earned their respective schools $12,500 grants. All three finalists were present for the announcement, which was made at a black-tie banquet at Colonial Country Club. In all, a record $64,000 in grants will be distributed. Additionally, for the first time, the other seven semifinalists’ schools will receive grants of $2,000 each. The remaining semifinalists were: Gavin Green (New Mexico), Beau Hossler (Texas), Kyle Jones (Baylor), Lee McCoy (Georgia), Robby Shelton (Alabama), Ollie Schniederjans (Georgia Tech) and Hunter Stewart (Vanderbilt). The Ben Hogan Award selection committee is made up of 25 leaders and experts in amateur, college and professional golf. In order to determine the winner, each committee member cast a ballot that ranked the finalists first, second and third. The award, which was founded by FOG in 1990 and included academic achievement in its original list of standards, revised its criteria for the 2001-02 collegiate season to its current standard of honoring the outstanding amateur collegiate golfer. FOG teamed with members of Colonial Country Club and moved the award presentation to the course known as “Hogan’s Alley.” Since that time, the winners have included: D.J. Trahan (Clemson, 2002), Ricky Barnes (Arizona, 2003), Hunter Mahan (Oklahoma State, 2003), Bill Haas (Wake Forest, 2004), Ryan Moore (UNLV, 2005), Matt Every (Florida, 2006), Chris Kirk (Georgia, 2007), Rickie Fowler (Oklahoma State, 2008), Kyle Stanley (Clemson, 2009), Nick Taylor (Washington, 2010), Peter Uihlein (Oklahoma State, 2011), Patrick Cantlay (UCLA, 2012), Chris Williams (Washington, 2013) and Patrick Rodgers (Stanford, 2014). For information on The Ben Hogan Award, visit www.TheBenHoganAward.org and follow @BenHoganAward on Twitter.
Division II Jack Nicklaus Award presented by Barbasol Finalists Announced
FORT WORTH, Texas – Five finalists have been named for the 2015 Division II Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award presented by Barbasol. Mateo Gomez of Lynn, Nova Southeastern’s Santiago Gomez and Richard Mansell, Southern Nazarene’s Michael Hearne and Florida Southern’s John VanDerLaan are finalists for the honor that will be presented by Jack Nicklaus at a ceremony during the final round of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Nicklaus, a Big Ten and NCAA Champion at The Ohio State University, helped inspire and create the Jack Nicklaus Awards in 1988. Mateo Gomez made an immediate impact after arriving at Lynn in January. The Cali, Colombia, native won the first tournament he participated in, the Titan Winter Invitational, and logged four top-10 finishes in seven events. Gomez leads Lynn with a 72.24 stroke average. Santiago Gomez was named Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year. The junior form Armeina, Colombia, has not finished outside the top five in 10 events this season. Gomez has carded two runner-up finishes and placed third three times. He leads Division II with a 70.64 stroke average. Hearne, the Great American Conference Player of the Year, did not finish lower than fifth in any tournament he played this year. He finished second three times, third four times and fourth once. He boasts a 71.70 stroke average. Hearne has five rounds in the 60s this year. Mansell was a member of the Sunshine State Conference first team. The sophomore from Staffordshire, England, posted three wins on the season. Mansell finished inside the top five three additional times. He only finished outside the top 10 twice in 11 events. VanDerLaan, who is a native of Southbury, Conn., earned Sunshine State Conference Freshman of the Year honors after posting a season scoring average of 72.14 in 10 tournaments. He had two wins on the year and only finished outside the top 20 on three occassions. About Barbasol:
Barbasol, America’s #1 Men’s Shaving Cream brand was introduced as the first “brushless” tube of shaving cream in 1919. Currently offered in 7 varieties, Original, Soothing Aloe, Pacific Rush, Sensitive Skin, Skin Conditioner, Arctic Chill and Mountain Blast, Barbasol continues to be made in America and is available at major retailers nationwide. Barbasol is owned by Dublin, Ohio based Perio Inc. For more information about Barbasol, please visit barbasol.com.
Division III Jack Nicklaus Award presented by Barbasol Finalists Announced
NORMAN, Okla. – Five finalists have been named for the 2015 Division III Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award presented by Barbasol. Jack Cersosimo of Concordia (TX), Redland’s Bobby Holden, Cory Howard of LaGrange, Oglethorpe’s Anthony Maccaglia and Methodist’s Mason Stutler are finalists for the honor that will be presented by Jack Nicklaus at a ceremony during the final round of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Nicklaus, a Big Ten and NCAA Champion at The Ohio State University, helped inspire and create the Jack Nicklaus Awards in 1988. Cersosimo ranks ninth in the nation with a 72.61 stroke average. He captured the American Southwest Conference Championship at Squaw Valley Golf Club in Glen Rose. Cersosimo was a first-team All-ASC honoree and finished in the top 10 in eight of nine tournament this year, including three victories. Holden is the reigning Division III Jack Nicklaus Award recipient. Earlier this season, he was honored as one of five finalists for the Byron Nelson Award, which considers an entire collegiate academic and golf career as well as his character and integrity while in college. Holden has four wins this season and only two finishes outside the top four in 10 events. Howard was selected as the USA South Conference Player of the Year and was on the All-Conference first team for the third straight year. He is the first LaGrange athlete to earn a USA South player of the year award. Howard has recorded seven top-10 finishes, six top-five finishes and placed first in three events. Howard was named USA South Golfer of the Week three times this season. Maccaglia is currently the top-ranked Division III golfer in the nation according to Golfstat. He earned Southern Athletic Association Men’s Golfer of the Year honors for the second consecutive season. He was a finalist for the Byron Nelson Award this season, which considers an entire collegiate academic and golf career as well as his character and integrity while in college. He earned three individual medals on the season and six SAA Men’s Golfer of the Week awards. Stutler was named USA South All-Conference first team. He had two victories on the season. Stutler claimed six total top-10 finishes. His worst finish on the season was tied for 18th in nine tournaments. He was also named to USA South’s All-Sportsmanship team. About Barbasol:
Barbasol, America’s #1 Men’s Shaving Cream brand was introduced as the first “brushless” tube of shaving cream in 1919. Currently offered in 7 varieties, Original, Soothing Aloe, Pacific Rush, Sensitive Skin, Skin Conditioner, Arctic Chill and Mountain Blast, Barbasol continues to be made in America and is available at major retailers nationwide. Barbasol is owned by Dublin, Ohio based Perio Inc. For more information about Barbasol, please visit barbasol.com.
Florida’s Handrigan Recipient of Jan Strickland Award presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf
NORMAN, Okla. – John Handrigan of Florida has been named recipient of the 2015 Jan Strickland Award presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf 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. Handrigan is in his fourth season as the assistant men’s golf coach at the University of Florida. The 2014-15 school year marked his first working alongside head coach JC Deacon after three campaigns assisting GCAA Hall of Fame coach Buddy Alexander. Handrigan, who came to the Gators with 10 years of coaching experience at the Division I and II levels, has helped lead the Orange and Blue to four tournament victories during his tenure. So far this year, Handrigan aided the Florida squad to earn runner-up honors four times and finish in the top-five six times. He coached A.J. Crouch to capture an individual title at the FGCU Classic in October, UF’s first victory in an individual contest since 2012. The Gators also improved five places at the SEC Championships. Prior to arriving in Gainesville, Handrigan served as the assistant men’s golf coach at Kansas for two seasons. He has also served as the head men’s and women’s golf coach at Queens University of Charlotte and the head men’s golf coach at Coker College. Handrigan began his coaching career as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pa. “First, it’s an honor to be selected and recognized with the other impressive nominees for the 2015 Jan Strickland Award as there are a lot of great coaches across the country,” said Handrigan. “To become a finalist, and then win this award after several interviews is truly special. Thank you to the GCAA, Jan Strickland Committee and TaylorMade-adidas Golf for their sponsorship and hard work during the selection process. Winning this award wouldn’t be possible without the support from The University of Florida, former Head Coach Buddy Alexander and our new Head Coach JC Deacon. I want to thank each of our players for their commitment and dedication to Florida Golf as we all achieved this prestigious award as a team. Most importantly I would like to thank my wife Leigh, who has been my biggest supporter throughout my coaching career and I would not have reached this level without her.” The Strickland Award recipient will have the opportunity to further his professional development by receiving an invitation to the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Kingdom in Carlsbad, Calif. TaylorMade-adidas Golf has sponsored the Strickland Award since its inception in 2003.
Albertson Recipient of Byron Nelson Award presented by Cleveland Golf/Srixon
NORMAN, Okla. – Anders Albertson of Georgia Tech has been named recipient of the 2015 Byron Nelson Award presented by Cleveland Golf/Srixon, 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 mainstay in the Georgia Tech lineup, Albertson has never missed a tournament for the Yellow Jackets. He’s a two-time All-America selection and earned All-ACC honors three times. Albertson’s career stroke-average of 71.47 over 134 rounds is third best in school history. He has 18 top-10 finishes, including 11 in the top five while at Georgia Tech. Albertson’s lone victory came at the 2013 ACC Championships. Albertson has also found success in the classroom. He is a four-time selection to the ACC Academic Honor Roll. Albertson was named a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar and to the ACC All-Academic team. He was also recipient of Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Scholarship for 2013-14. Later this spring Albertson will be honored will be a recipient of the ACC Scholar-Athlete Honorary Award. Albertson has served as the golf representative to the Georgia Tech student-athlete advisory board since his sophomore year. He has been active in recruiting his teammates to volunteer for Georgia Tech Athletic Association community service projects and ensured they stayed plugged into department events. Albertson was the golf team liaison for the Alexander-Tharpe Fund “Thank-a-Thon” project and implementation of the Annual Michael Isenhour Toy Drive. He has also volunteered with the Georgia Special Olympics Winter Games, Children’s Miracle Network’s Dance Marathon and Kid on Campus, an organization that brings children to Georgia Tech’s campus who have battled or been affected by cancer. Albertson has also been active in Campus Christian Fellowship, including the Campus Christian Fellowship Homeless Outreach Program. “Being fortunate enough to be chosen as the winner of the Byron Nelson Award is something I never expected, and something I will strive to live up to for the rest of my life,” said Albertson. “Just being considered for the award has been a tremendous honor. Being associated with Mr. Nelson, one of the finest gentlemen the game of golf has ever known, is the honor of a lifetime. His record as a player, a competitor, and a human being are second to none, and definitely stand as the example for anyone in the game. Regardless of the outcome of my next step in golf, if I am sufficiently fortunate to positively affect a fraction of the lives Mr. Nelson did, I will have achieved a very rich life.” http://www.golfchannel.com/media/anders-albertson-wins-byron-nelson-award/
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1.    Anders Albertson    Georgia Tech    SR   1.    Pep Angles    Central Arkansas    SR
2.    Beau Hossler    Texas    SO   2.    Rowin Caron     Florida State    JR 
3.    Kyle Jones    Baylor    SR   3.    Thomas Detry    Iliinois    JR 
4.    Jack Maguire    Florida State    SO   4.    Mathias Eggenberger    Stirling     
5.    Lee McCoy    Georgia    JR   5.    Gary Hurley    Maynooth      
6.    Maverick McNealy    Stanford    SO   6.    Adrian Meronk     ETSU     JR 
7.    Ollie Schniederjans    Georgia Tech    SR   7.    Jon Rahm    Arizona State     JR 
8.    Robby Shelton    Alabama    SO   8.    Max Rottluff    Arizona State     JR 
9.    Hunter Stewart    Vanderbilt    JR   9.    Matthias Schwab     Vanderbilt     SO
10.    Carr Vernon    CSU Monterey Bay     JR   10.    Clement Sorbet     Texas Tech    SR
 
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