Lovemark Tabbed 'The Ben Hogan Award' Semifinalist
April 5, 2007
USC freshman Jamie Lovemark is among 10 semifinalists for the 2007 The Ben Hogan Award honoring the top amateur in college golf, the Colonial C.C. and The Friends of Golf (FOG) in cooperation with the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) announced today (April 5).
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.
In addition to Lovemark, the semifinalists are Rhys Davies of East Tennessee State, Florida's Billy Horschel, Dustin Johnson of Coastal Carolina, Georgia's Chris Kirk, Colt Knost of SMU, Pablo Martin and Jonathan Moore of Oklahoma State, Wake Forest's Webb Simpson and Dawie Van Der Walt of Lamar. Davies, Kirk and Martin were also semifinalists last season.
The Hogan Award selection committee will announce three finalists on May 2. The three finalists will attend The Hogan Award banquet on May 21 at Colonial Country Club - the Monday prior to the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial - with the recipient announced that day.
Lovemark is currently the top ranked men's collegiate golfer on Golfweek.com. He leads the Trojans in stroke average (70.42) and has one outright victory (at the Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge) and tied for another title (at the Oregon Duck Invitational).
He has been USC's highest finisher in five of eight starts and has carded 12 rounds in the 60s, including a 64 at the USC Collegiate Invitational. He has five top 3 finishes on the season and hasn't finished outside the top 18 in any event.