March 11, 2003
NORMAN, Okla. - University of Arizona men's golfers Ricky Barnes and Chris Nallen were named to the watch list for the 2003 Ben Hogan Award, which is presented annually to the top NCAA Dicision 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 20-man watch list. The Hogan Award watch list includes Yasin Ali, Oklahoma City; Barnes, Dustin Bray, North Carolina; Bill Haas, Wake Forest; J.J. Jakovac, Chico State; Tom Johnson, Northwestern; James Lepp, Illinois; Brock Mackenzie, Washington; Hunter Mahan, Oklahoma State; Troy Matteson, Georgia Tech; Ryan Moore, UNLV; Nallen; Simon Nash, Minnesota; Adam Rubinson, TCU; Brandt Snedeker, Vanderbilt; Andrew Svoboda, St. John's; D.J. Trahan, Clemson; Camilo Villegas, Florida; Justin Walters, North Carolina State; Nick Watney, Fresno State; and Oliver Wilson, Augusta State.
Barnes, the reigning U.S. Amateur champion, has a 71.90 stroke average in eight collegiate events this season. Thirteen of his 21 rounds played have been at par or better with a low round of 66. The senior from Stockton, Calif., has four 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 71.48 stroke average through nine events in 2002-03. He won the rain-shortened Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate Oct. 14 with a seven-under-par 135, which was one of his five top-10 finishes this season. He has 16 rounds at par of better this year with a low round of 66 and a low tournament of 209 (-9). Eight of his last 14 rounds have been in the 60s. 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 10 semifinalists on April 11 and 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. 5 nationally in the Precept Golf Coaches Association of America Coaches Poll, will next be in action March 24-25 at the Oregon Duck Invitational in Eugene, Ore.