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Haas Wins Hogan Award
Honor presented to top amateur in college golf

NORMAN, Okla. ? Bank of America, in cooperation with The Friends of Golf (FOG), Colonial Country Club and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA), has named Bill Haas of Wake Forest as the recipient of the 2004 Ben Hogan Award. The Hogan is presented annually to the top men?s NCAA Division I, II or III or NAIA golfer, taking into account all collegiate and amateur competitions during the last 12 months.

A senior from Greer, S.C., Haas is a two-time first-team PING All-America selection and was a finalist for the Hogan last season. The two-time ACC Player of the Year, Haas recently became Wake Forest?s fifth four-time first-team All-ACC selection. Haas has won medallist honors four times this season ? the Bank of Tennessee at The Ridges, the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate, the Tulane Invitational and the Courtyard by Marriott Intercollegiate. The nation?s leader in scoring average, Haas represented the United States in both the Palmer Cup presented by Monster and Walker Cup last summer. Haas also claimed the South Carolina Amateur.

"Winning the Hogan Award is pretty special," said Haas. "That it takes into account not just college but amateur golf as well makes it extra special because you travel and play against the top-ranked amateurs no matter their age. College golf is a team sport and sometimes the individual doesn?t get as much recognition, but all of your peers have great respect for this honor."

The 2004 Hogan Award presentation banquet will be held at Colonial Country Club on May 17, the Monday prior to the Bank of America Colonial.

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