annuallyUniversity of Minnesota men's golfer Justin Smith was named to the watch list for the 2004 Ben Hogan Award, presented annually to the best men's collegiate golfer at the Division I, II, III or NAIA level. Taking into account all collegiate and amateur competitions during the last 12 months, 34 golfers were named to the list by the Friends of Golf (FOG) and Colonial Country Club, in cooperation with Bank of America and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA).
Already a two-time All-American, Smith was named a preseason Second Team All-American by Golfweek. So far in 2003-04, Smith has won two tournaments, the Adams Cup last September and the Landfall Tradition in November. Smith has only finished out of the top five once this season in six tournaments.
"The depth in college golf this year is reflected in the watch list for the Hogan," stated GCAA Executive Director Gregg Grost. "Obviously, a great collegiate amateur will be chosen in this, the Heisman of college golf."
The Hogan Award selection committee will select 10 semi-finalists on April 14 and name five finalists on April 27. The winner of the Hogan Award will be announced on May 6 and the presentation banquet will be held at Colonial Country Club on May 17, the Monday prior to the Bank of America Colonial.
The Golden Gopher golf team travels to Tucson, Ariz., this weekend for the National Invitational Tournament. The 54-hole event will begin on Sunday and the final round will be played on Tuesday, Mar. 30.
2004 The Ben Hogan Award Watch List
Nicolas Allain - Oklahoma City, Chris Baryla - UTEP , Dustin Bray - North Carolina, Alejandro Caizares - Arizona State, Steve Conway - UCLA, Matt Every - Florida, Jack Ferguson - Clemson, Bill Haas - Wake Forest, Jason Hartwick -Texas, Brad Heaven - Toledo, Matt Hendrix - Clemson, John Holmes - Kentucky, Billy Hurley - Navy , J.J. Jakovac - Chico State, Travis Johnson - UCLA, Gregg Jones - Clemson, Martin Laird - Colorado State, Brock Mackenzie - Washington, Nolan Martin - Colorado State, John Merrick - UCLA, Ryan Moore - UNLV, Chris Nallen - Arizona, Jeff Overton - Indiana, Aron Price - Georgia Southern, Michael Putnam - Pepperdine, Chez Reavie - Arizona State, Matthew Rosenfeld - Texas, Josh Sherlin - St. John's, Justin Smith - Minnesota, Chris Stroud - Lamar, Peter Tomasulo - California, Camilo Villegas - Florida, Casey Wittenberg - Oklahoma State.