Men's Golfer Chez Reavie Named As Ben Hogan Award Finalist
April 19, 2002
NORMAN, Okla. - Arizona State and Mesa (Ariz.) native Chez Reavie, who won the 2001 U.S. Public Links Championship, is one ten finalists for the Ben Hogan Award, named by the Friends of Golf and Colonial Country Club in association with the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA).
Reavie played in the Masters April 11-12 and has a 72.67 stroke average in four events this year. He has three top-10 finishes this year including a tie for fourth at the Taylor Made Intercollegiate and a fifth-place finish at the Las Vegas Collegiate.
The Ben Hogan Award will be presented to the outstanding male college golfer over the course of the last 12 months at a black-tie dinner Monday, May 13 at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. The Hogan Award takes into consideration a player's collegiate and amateur record from May 1, 2001 to May 1, 2002. The recipient of the award will be announced on Friday, May 3.
The inaugural Ben Hogan Award was presented in 1990 by the Friends of Golf (FOG), to a player exhibiting excellence in academics as well as college golf as selected by the GCAA. In the summer of 2001, FOG and the GCAA were approached by representatives of Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas wanting to create an award named for Hogan and make the presentation during the week of the MasterCard Colonial PGA Tour event.
While the three parties collaborated on the award, the decision was made to revise the criteria to more accurately reflect the original idea for the Ben Hogan Award.
Although the criteria for selection has changed, the 12 past winners will remain as part of the Hogan Award's history.
'I think that Colonial joining FOG and the golf coaches association in the Ben Hogan Award has been very positive,' said FOG executive director, Merrins. 'The award is now truly the Heisman of college golf.'
'Colonial Country Club is proud to be the venue for the award presentation this year, especially because it is named in honor of Mr. Hogan, whose historic relationship with Colonial is renown,' said Elliott Garsek, president of Colonial Country Club.
Additionally, FOG will continue to present the honoree with a replica of the Waterford crystal trophy displayed permanently at Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles, while Colonial Country Club will present the honoree and his school with a replica of the permanent trophy displayed in the Hogan Room at Colonial.
CHEZ REAVIETaylor Made Intercollegiate, 73-68-73=214 (-2), T4USC Cleveland Classic, 79-75-71=225 (+12), T33Las Vegas Collegiate, 76-67-72=215 (-1), T5U.S. Collegiate, 71-74-73=218 (+2), T104 appearances, 12 rounds, 872 strokes, 72.67 averageTop Five Finishes: TwoTop Ten Finishes: Three
Ben Hogan Award Semifinalists (listed in alphabetical order)Bill Haas Soph. Wake ForestRyan Hybl Soph. GeorgiaHunter Mahan Soph. Oklahoma StateTroy Matteson Jr. Georgia TechGraeme McDowell Jr. Alabama-BirminghamChez Reavie Soph. Arizona StateD.J. Trahan Jr. ClemsonCamilo Villegas So. FloridaNick Watney Jr. Fresno StateLee Williamson Sr. Purdue
Ben Hogan Award Recipients (under previous criteria)1990 Kevin Wentworth Oklahoma State1991 Brian Bridges Kent State1992 Jon Lindquist Gustavus Adolphus College1993 Marten Olander Alabama1994 William Blackman Auburn1995 Trip Kuehne Oklahoma State1996 Mark Wilson North Carolina1997 Jeff Fahrenbruch Texas1998 Jamie Broce Ball State1999 Steve Friesen Nebraska2000 Chris James Oklahoma2001 Wil Collins New Mexico