April 15, 2003
NORMAN, Okla. - University of Arizona men's golfers Ricky Barnes and Chris Nallen were named semifinalists for the 2003 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.
Barnes and Nallen are the only teammates on the 11-man semifinalist list. The Hogan Award watch list includes Barnes, Dustin Bray, North Carolina; Bill Haas, Wake Forest; Hunter Mahan, Oklahoma State; Ryan Moore, UNLV; Nallen; Adam Rubinson, TCU; D.J. Trahan, Clemson; Justin Walters, North Carolina State; Nick Watney, Fresno State; and Oliver Wilson, Augusta State.
Barnes, the reigning U.S. Amateur champion, finished as the low amateur at the 2003 Masters with a four-round total of 291 (+3). It was the lowest total by an amateur at the prestigious event since 1998. He has a 71.56 stroke average in 10 collegiate events this season and 18 of his 27 rounds played have been at par or better with a low round of 66. The senior from Stockton, Calif., has six top-10 finishes and a top-20 effort to his credit. He also posted a top 20 finish on the PGA Tour, as he tied for 18th place on March 2 at the Chrysler Classic of Tucson with a four-round total of 69-70-68-70=277 (-11).
Nallen, a junior from Blairstown, N.J., leads Arizona with a 71.22 stroke average through 12 events in 2002-03. He carded a 70-68-67=205 (-11) at last weekend's ASU Thunderbird/Savane Invitational in which he tied for third place. Nallen won the rain-shortened Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate Oct. 14 with a seven-under-par 135, which was one of his eight top-10 finishes this season. He has 23 rounds at par of better this year with a low round of 66. Sixteen of his last 19 rounds have been at par or better. Nallen was a semifinalist for the Hogan award in 2002 as well.
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 five finalists on April 25. The winner of the Hogan Award will be announced on May 9. The presentation will be made at Colonial Country Club on May 19.
The University of Arizona men's golf team, currently ranked No. 3 nationally in the Precept Golf Coaches Association of America Coaches Poll, will next be in action April 28-30 at the 2003 Pacific-10 Conference Championships in Los Angeles, Calif.