Taylor A Semifinalist For Ben Hogan Award
April 15, 2010
ORLANDO, Fla. - For a second-straight year, senior Nick Taylor has been named as one of 10 semifinalist for the Ben Hogan Award, college golf's most prestigious award. The Hogan Award is presented annually to the top men's NCAA Division I, II or III, NAIA or NJCAA college golfer taking into account all collegiate and amateur competitions during a 12-month period.
Taylor has had an amazing last 12 months as an amateur. He spent 21 weeks at the top of the World Amateur Golf Rankings from June 15-Nov. 4 after ascending to the top spot by winning the U.S. Open sectional qualifying at Suncadia's Tumble Creek. He was the 2009 U.S. Open low amateur after finishing 36th at Bethpage Black, won the Sahalee Players Championship and was runner-up at the 2009 U.S. Amateur Publinx Championship. Currently, Taylor occupies the top spot in the Players World Amateur Ranking (SPWAR) and he added the Mark H McCormack Medal to his trophy case, which recognizes the top-ranked golfer in the Royal and Ancient's World Amateur Golf Ranking at the end of each amateur season and following the European and U.S. Amateur Championships.
This college season, Taylor leads Washington with a 71.00 stroke average, has eight top-10 finishes in 10 events and has 16 under-par rounds under his belt. Taylor has yet to win a tournament this season, but he has a second-place finish at the U.S. Intercollegiate and third-place finish at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational -- which also happen to be the last two events he played in.
The other semifinalists are Bud Cauley of Alabama, Stanford's David Chung, Harris English and Russell Henley of Georgia, Texas' Dylan Frittelli, Brendan Gielow of Wake Forest, Augusta State's Patrick Reed and Oklahoma State's Kevin Tway and Peter Uihlein.
The semifinalists were announced on Golfweek TV. To view the video you can follow this link: http://www.golfweek.com/videos/2010/apr/14/429/
The Hogan Award finalists will be announced on May 11 and will be invited to Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, for the Hogan Award presentation on the evening of May 24.
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(in alphabetical order)
Bud Cauley, Alabama
David Chung, Stanford
Harris English, Georgia
Dylan Frittelli, Texas
Brendan Gielow, Wake Forest
Russell Henley, Georgia
Patrick Reed, Augusta State
Nick Taylor, Washington
Kevin Tway, Oklahoma State
Peter Uihlein, Oklahoma State