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Watch List Announced for 2006 The Ben Hogan Award

 

 

Posted Wednesday, March 1, 2006

 

 

Watch List Announced for 2006 The Ben Hogan Award

Honor recognizes top amateur player in college golf 

NORMAN, Okla. ? Bank of America, in cooperation with Colonial Country Club, The Friends of Golf (FOG) and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA), has announced the watch list for the 2006 The Ben Hogan Award. The most prestigious award in men?s college golf, The Hogan is presented annually to the top men?s NCAA Division I, II or III, NAIA or junior college golfer taking into account all collegiate and amateur competitions during the last 12 months.

Returning PING First-Team All-America selections Ryan Blaum of Duke, Arizona State?s Alejandro Ca?izares, Roberto Castro of Georgia Tech, East Tennessee State?s Rhys Davies, Matt Every of Florida, Oklahoma?s Anthony Kim, James Lepp of Washington and Oklahoma State?s Pablo Martin highlight the list. Others on the 27 player watch list include Scott Brown and Dane Burkhart - defending NCAA Division II national champion - of South Carolina-Aiken, Jay Choi of New Mexico, U.S. Amateur runner-up Dillon Dougherty of Northwestern, Texas Tech?s Oscar Floren, Erik Flores of UCLA, UNLV?s Andres Gonzales, Jake Grodzinsky of Duke, Stanford?s Rob Grube, Brian Harman - the nation?s top-ranked amateur - and Chris Kirk of Georgia, Coastal Carolina?s Dustin Johnson, Kevin Larsen of Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt?s Luke List, U.S. Public Links champion Clay Ogden of BYU, Kyle Reifers and Webb Simpson of Wake Forest and North Carolina?s Martin Ureta.

The Hogan Award selection committee will announce 10 semi-finalists on March 29 and name three finalists on May 2. The three finalists will attend The Hogan Award banquet on Saturday, May 13 at Colonial Country Club ? the Saturday prior to the Bank of America Colonial - with the recipient announced that evening.

2006 The Ben Hogan Award Watch List
(in alphabetical order)

Ryan Blaum, Duke
Scott Brown, South Carolina-Aiken
Dane Burkhart, South Carolina-Aiken
Alejandro Ca?izares, Arizona State
Roberto Castro, Georgia Tech
Jay Choi, New Mexico
Rhys Davies, East Tennessee State
Dillon Dougherty, Northwestern
Matt Every, Florida
Oscar Floren, Texas Tech
Erik Flores, UCLA
Andres Gonzales, UNLV
Jake Grodzinsky, Duke
Rob Grube, Stanford
Brian Harman, Georgia
Dustin Johnson, Coastal Carolina
Anthony Kim, Oklahoma
Chris Kirk, Georgia
Kevin Larsen Georgia Tech
James Lepp, Washington
Luke List, Vanderbilt
Pablo Martin, Oklahoma State
Clay Ogden, Brigham Young
Kyle Reifers, Wake Forest
Webb Simpson, Wake Forest
Martin Ureta, North Carolina

Linville, Richards Freitag Named US-Japan Coaches

 

Posted Friday, March 10, 2006

 

Linville, Richards Freitag Named US-Japan Coaches

Coaching duo to lead Team USA July 13-15 in Tochigi, Japan
 

NORMAN, Okla. ?

Robert Linville of Greensboro College and Vanderbilt?s Martha Richards Freitag have been named coaches for the 2006 Fuji Xerox USA vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship. The pair will lead team USA in the 31st annual competition, which will be held July 13-15 at Sun Hills Country Club in Japan?s Tochigi prefecture.

 

Linville - who also coached the US-Japan team in 2001- entered his twelfth season heading the Greensboro College golf program in 2005-06. Overall, Linville?s teams have placed in the top seventh at the NCAAs in 10 of his 11 seasons coaching The Pride. Linville led Greensboro College golf to another outstanding year in 2005. The Pride rebounded from a difficult fall season to place third at the NCAA championships. Following the regular season, he earned USA South Conference Coach of the year honors for the third time in his career (he also won in ?00 and ?98). In 2000, Linville led Greensboro College to its first-ever national championship. He was also National Coach-of-the-Year among NCAA Division III coaches as selected by the Golf Coaches Association of America that season.

 

"I?m thrilled to have the opportunity to coach the US-Japan team," said Linville. " This is my second chance to coach a team of college all-stars and it?s a rare to receive the opportunity to represent your country. I?m very honored."

 

In just five years at the helm as Vanderbilt head coach, Richards Freitag has elevated the Commodore program into the national elite. Her 2004 team won the Southeastern Conference championship and placed fifth nationally. She was voted by her colleagues as the SEC Coach of the Year in both 2003 and 2004, only the third time a coach has won the award in consecutive years. Richards Freitag has developed some of the best players in collegiate golf. Three of her Commodore alumni - Sarah Jacobs, Courtney Wood and May Wood - earned All-America honors during their careers before turning professional. Believing in the all-around student-athlete, her golfers have also earned 18 spots on the SEC All Academic team with every member of the 2005 team gaining that recognition.

 

"I?m really excited to have the opportunity to coach this team," said Richard Freitag. "It?s a big honor to be selected to coach a national team. I?m flattered to be able to participate in the US-Japan matches. I look forward to the trip and representing the United States."

 

The Team USA leads all-time series, 23-7, and has won 10-straight championships.

Bulldogs Still Streaking at Top of GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll

 

Thursday, March 16, 2006

 

Bulldogs Still Streaking at Top of GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll

Georgia continue streak as nation?s top-ranked team

NORMAN, Okla. ? Georgia finished atop its ninth-straight GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll by grabbing 19 of 21 first-place votes. Oklahoma State leap-frogged Florida, moving up two spots to a distant second. Florida, Georgia Tech and UCLA - the owner of the last two first-place nods - followed the top two.

 

Brigham Young held on to the number six spot, just ahead of UNLV - which made a three-rung jump. Arizona State, Georgia State and Duke closed out the top 10.

Baylor and Tennessee tied for the 11th position. Following the pair was this week?s biggest leaper - East Tennessee State - which flew up eight spots. Clemson made a seven-position jump of its own to come in at No. 14. Tulsa, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Northwestern, Wake Forest and Pepperdine rounded out the top 20.

South Carolina fell five rungs to 21st while Southern California rose three spots to No. 22. Alabama and Washington checked in at Nos. 23 and 24, respectively. Minnesota and New Mexico closed out the poll by tying for 25th.

 

Arizona and San Diego State dropped from the rankings.

 

The GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll is voted on by a panel of head coaches at Division I institutions. All are members of the Golf Coaches Association of America. The next GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll will be released March 30.

GCAA/Bridgestone Division I Coaches Poll

March 16, 2006

Rank University (First-Place Votes) Number of points Prev.

Rank University (First-Place Votes) Points Prev.

1 Georgia (19) 517 1

2 Oklahoma State 483 4

3 Florida 478 3

4 Georgia Tech 456 2

5 UCLA (2) 437 5

6 Brigham Young 411 6

7 UNLV 375 10

8 Arizona State 339 9

9 Georgia State 333 7

10 Duke 299 8

T11 Baylor 235 11

T11 Tennessee 235 18

13 East Tennessee State 206 22

14 Clemson 200 21

15 Tulsa 161 15

16 Texas A&M 150 T19

17 Texas Tech 133 17

18 Northwestern 123 12

19 Wake Forest 115 14

20 Pepperdine 113 NR

21 South Carolina 100 16

22 Southern California 93 25

23 Alabama 80 NR

24 Washington 76 13

T25 Minnesota 73 13

T25 New Mexico 73 T23

Dropped From Rankings: Arizona, San Diego State

Others Receiving Votes: Coastal Carolina 67, Kentucky 65, Arizona 48, SMU 48, Texas 34, Louisville 31, Houston 27, California 21, Lamar 21, Charlotte 19, TCU 18, Auburn 16, North Carolina 16, Purdue 12, Georgia Southern 11, Michigan State 9, Oklahoma 8, NC State 6, Notre Dame 5, Xavier 5, Augusta State 3, Western Illinois 1

Guilford Continues Run On Top GCAA/Bridgestone Poll

 

Thursday, March 16, 2006

 

Guilford Continues Run On Top GCAA/Bridgestone Poll

Top four remain unchanged

 

NORMAN, Okla. ? Guilford grabbed 12 of 16 first-place votes to keep its distance over the rest of the field in this week?s GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll. Methodist and its three first-place nods came in second, followed by Oglethorpe, Huntingdon - which held the last top vote - and Wisconsin-Eau Claire to close out the top five.

 

Otterbein fell a position to number six while Emory held tight to the number seven slot. Nebraska Wesleyan and Saint John?s switched places to come in at eighth and ninth, respectively, and were followed by Gustavus Adolphus at No. 10.

 

La Grange slipped a rung to 11th, just ahead of this week?s biggest jumper - Texas Lutheran- which flew up to No. 12 from 18th. Redlands and Skidmore held on to Nos. 13 and 14, respectively, while Rhodes rose two slots to 15th. Allegheny, Greensboro, Mary Hardin-Baylor, Ohio Wesleyan and Central rounded out the top 20.

California Lutheran jumped four positions to edge out two previously-unranked teams for 21st. Those teams - New York and Saint Thomas - checked in at Nos. 22 and 23, respectively. This week?s poll was rounded out by DePauw and Franklin.

 

St. John Fisher and Whitworth dropped from the rankings.

 

The GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll is voted on by a panel of head coaches at Division III institutions. All are members of the Golf Coaches Association of America. The next GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll will be released April 6.

GCAA/Bridgestone Division III Coaches Poll

March 16, 2006

Rank University (First-Place Votes) Number of points Prev.

Rank University (First-Place Votes) Points Prev.

1 Guilford (12) 391 1

2 Methodist (3) 372 2

3 Oglethorpe 360 3

4 Huntingdon (1) 340 4

5 Wisconsin-Eau Claire 326 6

6 Otterbein 300 5

7 Emory 297 7

8 Nebraska Wesleyan 260 9

9 Saint John?s (Minn.) 245 8

10 Gustavus Adolphus 220 11

11 La Grange 199 10

12 Texas Lutheran 190 18

13 Redlands 183 13

14 Skidmore 179 14

15 Rhodes 171 17

16 Allegheny 160 12

17 Greensboro 151 16

18 Mary Hardin-Baylor 140 19

19 Ohio Wesleyan 137 15

20 Central 71 T21

21 California Lutheran 54 25

22 New York 52 NR

23 Saint Thomas 41 NR

24 DePauw 40 20

25 Franklin 39 24

 

Dropped From Rankings:

St. John Fisher, Whitworth

Others Receiving Votes:

St. John Fisher 36, Whitworth 23, Rochester 20, Williams 20, McMurray 19, Illinois Wesleyan 18, Salem State 18, Christopher Newport 15, LaVerne 15, Pacific Lutheran 15, Transylvania 15, Claremont-McKenna-Mudd-Scripps 12, Wartburg 6, Texas-Dallas 5, Luther 4, Muskingum 4, Olivet 4, Denison 2, Hardin-Simmons 1, Washington & Lee 1, York 1

South Carolina-Aiken Remains On Top in GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll

 

South Carolina-Aiken Remains On Top in GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll

Top three remains unchanged

 

NORMAN, Okla. ? By garnering eight of 14 first-place votes, South Carolina-Aiken continued to sit atop the GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll. The top three remained unchanged with Cal. State-Bakersfield - which grabbed three first-place nods - and Florida Southern following the Pacers. Lynn and West Florida - who collected two first place votes - checked in at fourth and fifth, respectively.

 

Cal. State-Stanislaus rose two rungs to number six and was followed by Western Washington and Rollins - the holder of the last top nod. Columbus State and Armstrong Atlantic closed out this week?s top 10.

 

Central Oklahoma and Pfeiffer came in at Nos. 11 and 12, respectively, a slot ahead of this week?s biggest riser - Sonoma State - which flew up 12 positions. Cameron, Barry, Northeastern State, North Alabama, St. Edward?s, Washburn and Grand Canyon rounded out the top 20.

.Hawaii-Hilo sank five slots to check in at No. 21 while Coker dropped a rung to 22nd. Two previously-unranked teams - Florida Gulf Coast and St. Mary?s - came in at Nos. 23 and 24, respectively. Chico State fell 10 positions to close out the poll.

 

Delta State and Saint Martin?s dropped from the rankings.

 

The GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll is voted on by a panel of head coaches at Division II institutions. All are members of the Golf Coaches Association of America. The next GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll will be released April 6.

GCAA/Bridgestone Division II Coaches Poll

March 16, 2006

Rank University (First-Place Votes) Number of points Prev.

Rank University (First-Place Votes) Points Prev.

1 South Carolina-Aiken (8) 342 1

2 Cal. State-Bakersfield (3) 325 2

3 Florida Southern 304 3

4 Lynn 292 11

5 West Florida (2) 287 5

6 Cal. State-Stanislaus 272 8

7 Western Washington 242 T6

8 Rollins (1) 235 4

9 Columbus State 234 9

10 Armstrong Atlantic State 227 T6

11 Central Oklahoma 205 10

12 Pfeiffer 171 T12

13 Sonoma State 166 25

14 Cameron 146 T12

15 Barry 134 20

16 Northeastern State 122 24

17 North Alabama 109 19

18 St. Edward?s 108 14

19 Washburn 99 17

20 Grand Canyon 94 18

21 Hawaii-Hilo 64 16

22 Coker 59 T21

23 Florida Gulf Coast 51 NR

24 St. Mary?s (Texas) 50 NR

25 Chico State 45 15

 

Dropped From Rankings:

Delta State, Saint Martin?s

Others Receiving Votes:

Saint Martin?s 24, CSU-San Bernadino 19, Delta State 15, Valdosta State 14, Georgia College & State 13, Belmont Abbey 12, Winona State 12, Missouri Western State 11, Central Missouri State 7, North Carolina-Pembroke 7, Charleston 6, Western New Mexico 5, Eckerd 3, Wisconsin-Parkside 2, Ohio Valley 1, Tusculum 1

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