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Kim Named Ben Hogan Award Finalist
May 02, 2006

NORMAN, Okla. Oklahoma junior Anthony Kim has been named one of three finalists for the Ben Hogan Award, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced today.

The award, sponsored by Bank of America in cooperation with Colonial Country Club, the Friends of Golf and the GCAA, recognizes the top amateur player in college golf.  The Hogan is presented annually to the top men’s NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA or junior college golfer and takes into account all collegiate and amateur competitions during the last year. 

The three finalists are invited to attend the Hogan banquet at Colonial Country Club on Saturday, May 13.

Kim, a two-time All-American and the 2005 Big 12 Player of the Year, won two consecutive tournaments to start the spring season.  He also fired a team-best final-round 69 at Southern Hills to help guide the Sooners to the first Big 12 title in school history.  Kim was recently named to the All-Big 12 team for the third consecutive year.

The La Quinta, Calif., native took medalist honors at the Hall of Fame Invitational, March 17-19, at Redstone Golf Club, home of the PGA Tour’s Houston Open.  Kim fired rounds of 67, 69 and 72 to take the title by eight shots.  He also dominated the field in his first tournament victory of the year at the Ashworth Invitational, finishing seven strokes ahead of second place.  His two victories this spring ran his career win total to five, including the 2005 Big 12 crown.

Last summer, in a field of 156 of the nation's best amateur golfers, Kim earned medalist honors at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship by winning the stroke-play portion of the tournament.  He also advanced to the match-play semifinals of the APL before losing in a 20-hole contest. 

In August, Kim advanced to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa.  He was also a member of the Walker Cup-winning U.S. team that defeated Great Britain and Ireland for the first time since 1997, going 2-1-1 in matches and scoring 2.5 points towards the team total.

The other Hogan Award finalists are Matt Every of Florida and Georgia’s Chris Kirk.

A two-time first-team PING All-America selection, Every earned his fourth career title this season at the Inverness nvitational. In addition to his victory to open the season, the senior from Daytona Beach, Fla., placed in the top five six times. This past summer Every was low amateur at the U.S. Open, finishing tied for 28th. He was a member of the winning U.S. teams at both the Palmer and Walker Cups in 2005 and was also a member of the 2004 Palmer Cup squad. Every was recently named first-team All-SEC for the third time.

The 2006 SEC Player of the Year, Kirk was medalist at the Puerto Rico Classic. The native of Woodstock, Ga., has eight finishes in the top six this season. The junior is on pace to set the Georgia record for lowest season average. Kirk will be a member of the U.S. Palmer Cup squad that will compete at Prestwick Golf Club in June.

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