Chris Nallen Named Ben Hogan Award Semifinalist

April 14, 2004

TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's golfer Chris Nallen was one of 10 student-athletes named semifinalists 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 semifinalist for the second straight season. He is joined on the list by Matt Every, Florida; Bill Haas, Wake Forest; Matt Hendrix, Clemson; Brock Mackenzie, Washington; Ryan Moore, UNLV; Chris Stroud, Lamar; Peter Tomasulo, California; Camilo Villegas, Florida and Casey Wittenberg, Oklahoma State.

Nallen leads Arizona with a 69.72 stroke average through 11 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 five other top-20 finishes to his credit. He has 23 rounds at par of better this year with a low round of 62 and a record-setting, low-tournament total of 195 (-18). Fifteen of his last 23 rounds have been in the 60s, including a stretch of eight consecutive.

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 Hogan Award selection committee will name its five finalists on April 27. 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. 9 nationally in the Precept Golf Coaches Association of America Coaches Poll, will next be in action April 26-28 when it hosts the 2004 Pacific-10 Conference Championships at The Gallery at Dove Mountain.

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