June 20, 2000

NORMAN, Okla. - University of Oklahoma senior golfer Chris James has been named the recipient of the 2000 Ben Hogan Award, presented annually by the Golf Coaches Association of America and the Friends of Golf. The award is presented each year at the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships to the outstanding scholar-athlete in men's collegiate golf in any division.

"I'm extremely proud to accept this honor," said James, who plans to turn professional this summer. "I have been working toward this honor for the past three years and now all the hard work has paid off. I want to thank my coaches and teammates for all their support during my time at OU."

James, from Edmond, Okla., was a double major in finance and management information systems. He finished his college career with a 3.98 grade point average and a 73.5 overall scoring average, and this year was honored as the University of Oklahoma's top male scholar-athlete. He also was a Rhodes Scholar nominee.

"This is a tremendous honor for this young man," said Gregg Grost, head men's golf coach at the University of Oklahoma. "He first set this goal for himself while sitting in the GCAA banquet as a freshman, at the Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn. He thought then that the Ben Hogan Award was something he would like to achieve. Chris is a perfect example of a scholar-athlete."