Kyle Stanley Among Final Three for Prestigious Hogan Award

7 05 2009

The Ben Hogan Award is the most prestigious honor in men’s college golf and is widely regarded as a predictor of future stardom on the PGA Tour.

Proof? Anthony Kim, Camilo Villegas, Nick Watney, Hunter Mahan, D.J. Trahan, and Ryan Moore either won the award or were among the finalists.

Yesterday, we learned that Kyle Stanley, who has accepted a sponsor exemption to play in this year’s John Deere Classic, was named one of three finalists for this year’s Hogan Award. The winner will be announced May 22 at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth.

A junior out of Clemson, Kyle currently is ranked third among U.S. players in the World Amateur Rankings. He is seventh in the Golfweek/Sagarin collegiate rankings. Last summer, he won the Southern Amateur last and the Carpet Classic in Dalton, Georgia.

Kyle is Clemson’s top golfer this year with a 71.58 stroke average for eight tournaments. He has six top 10 finishes. He has led the Tigers to a number-four national ranking and a team victory at the United States Collegiate at Alpharetta, GA. He has a 71.68 career stroke average, second in school history. He trails only Trahan, another Tiger, who had a 71.49 average between 1999-03.

The Hogan Award is presented each year to the top collegiate golfer and takes into account performance in college and amateur tournaments from May 2008 to May 2009. The award is presented by Chesapeake Energy in association with the Colonial Country Club.
The two other finalists for the 2009 Hogan Award are Spain’s Jorge Campillo of Indiana and Rickie Fowler of Oklahoma State, the latter of whom won the award last year as a freshman.

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