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Hogan Award Sponsor Named and Date Set

FORT WORTH, TEXAS - Colonial Country Club officials announced the 2008 Ben Hogan Award will be sponsored by Chesapeake Energy and held on Sunday evening, May 18 in Fort Worth. The annual black-tie affair recognizes the top male collegiate amateur golfer, and is hosted by Colonial, Friends of Golf (FOG) and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA).
The Hogan Award Watch List will be announced February 20, with the semifinalists named April 16. Three finalists named on May 7 will be invited to Colonial Country Club for the Hogan Award presentation. The 1964 U.S. Open winner and former CBS golf analyst Ken Venturi will be the keynote speaker.  
?We are pleased to support the most prestigious award in college golf,? noted Julie H. Wilson, Vice President of Corporate Development for Chesapeake Energy. ?These talented young men represent the future of professional golf, and we are delighted to contribute to their future development.?
Past award recipients include PGA TOUR winners Hunter Mahan, D.J. Trahan and Mark Wilson. Last year?s recipient, Chris Kirk, will compete in the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial May 19-25, as each year?s winner is invited to the following year?s PGA TOUR event at Colonial. Ben Hogan won the tournament five times in his professional career.
Chesapeake (NYSE: CHK)is the largest independent producer of clean-burning natural gas in the United States and is the most active driller in Texas. The company was recently recognized as the ?Best Managed Energy Company? by Forbes and one of the ?Top 100 Places to Work? by Fortune.
A limited number of corporate tables and individual tickets are available for the event. For more information, contact Colonial at (817) 840-2219.