Chris Nallen Named Finalist for 2004 Ben Hogan Award

April 30, 2004

TUCSON, Ariz. - Two days after helping his team to its first conference championship in 13 years, University of Arizona men's golfer Chris Nallen was one of five student-athletes named finalists for the 2004 Ben Hogan Award, which is presented annually to the top NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA golfer. The award covers all collegiate and amateur competitions during the last 12 months.

Nallen, a senior from Hackettstown, N.J., is a Hogan Award finalist for the first time in his career after being in consideration in each of the last three seasons. He is joined on the list by Bill Haas, Wake Forest; Matt Hendrix, Clemson; Brock Mackenzie, Washington; and Chris Stroud, Lamar. Nallen was a Hogan Award semifinalist in 2002 and 2003.

Nallen leads Arizona with a 69.92 stroke average through 12 stroke-play events in 2003-04. He has claimed individual medalist honors three times this year, becoming the first UA golfer in 17 years to win three times in the same season. In addition to his three victories, Nallen has six other top-20 finishes to his credit. He has 26 rounds at par of better this year with a low round of 62 and a record-setting, low-tournament total of 195 (-18). Thirty-one of his 33 round played (94 percent) in team competitions this season have counted toward the team total.

On Wednesday, Nallen helped the Wildcats claim the 2004 Pac-10 Conference championship with a four-round total of 286 (-2). It was Arizona's third Pac-10 tile overall and its first since 1991. En route to the championship, Nallen equaled his best finish at the event with a tie for fifth place.

In addition to his collegiate exploits, Nallen has been regular contributor on the amateur golf circuit. He participated in both the Walker and Palmer Cup competitions in 2003, as well as the 2003 United States Amateur. Nallen won the 2003 Northeast Amateur championship and finished fifth at the 2003 Dogwood Invitational. He will again represent the United States as a member of the 2004 Palmer Cup team.

The award is presented by The Friends of Golf and Colonial Country Club, in cooperation with Bank of America and the Golf Coaches Association of America. The winner of the Hogan Award will be announced on May 6. The presentation will be made at Colonial Country Club on May 17.

The University of Arizona men's golf team, currently ranked No. 8 nationally in the Precept Golf Coaches Association of America Coaches Poll, will next be in action May 20-22 when it competes in the 2004 NCAA West Regional at The Crosswater Club at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore.

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