Honor presented to top players in amateur 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), have named Arizona's Ricky Barnes and Hunter Mahan of Oklahoma State co-recipients 2003 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. The tie was the first in the history of the Hogan Award.
Barnes, a senior from Stockton, Calif., is the reigning U.S. Amateur champion and had the highest finish of all amateurs at the 2003 Masters. He has five top-three finishes in nine stroke-play collegiate events this season and placed 18th as an amateur at the Chrysler Classic of Tucson. Barnes teamed fellow Hogan Award recipient Mahan to lead the United States to victory at the 2002 World Amateur Golf Championship. The champion of last season's NCAA West Regional, Barnes earned top-10 finishes at both the Northeast Amateur (tied for second) and the Players Amateur (tied for eighth). Barnes has earned PING All-America honors twice and was recently named Pac-10 Golfer of the Year for the second time.
"I am honored to receive the Hogan Award," said Barnes. "It means a lot to be named the top amateur player in collegiate golf, but more importantly, to be associated with someone like Ben Hogan makes it more special. He meant so much to amateur golf."
Mahan, a PING First-Team All-American last season and second-team selection as a freshman, was runner-up at the U.S. Amateur and placed third at the NCAA Championships and the Sunnehanna Amateur. The inaugural recipient of the Southern Golf Association?s National Amateur of the Month of March and Big 12 Conference Golfer of the Month for March and April, Mahan has twice been named to the Palmer Cup team. The McKinney, Texas, junior has twice been named Big 12 Player of the Year and was named to the U.S. World Amateur Team in 2002. Mahan made the cut at The Masters Tournament. Mahan recently won the Big 12 Championships by a league record 13 strokes and set school marks for consecutive rounds under par and consecutive tournaments under par.
"I'm very honored by this award," said Mahan. "The fact that it combines college golf and amateur golf makes it that much more special."
The Hogan Award presentation banquet will be held at Colonial Country Club on May 19, the Monday prior to the Bank of America Colonial, at 7 p.m.