NORMAN, Okla. (Feb. 17, 2005) - East Tennessee State University sophomore Rhys Davies (Bridgend, Wales) has been named to the watch list for the 2005 Ben Hogan Award, which recognizes the top amateur player in college golf.
Since coming to Johnson City in the fall of 2003, Davies has consistently made headlines and is fast becoming one of the all-time greats in ETSU's storied golf history. Finishing the fall season ranked fourth in the nation with a 70.5 stroke average, his resume is highlighted by five sub-70 rounds -- including a school record single round of 64 at the Coca-Cola Tournament of Champions -- a 25th-place finish at the 2004 World Amateur Championships in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and winning three out of four potential points in the European team's victory over the Americans in the 2004 Palmer Cup.
Bank of America, in cooperation with Colonial Country Club, The Friends of Golf (FOG) and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA), announced the watch list for The 2005 The Ben Hogan Award on Thursday. The most prestigious award in men's college golf, The Hogan is presented annually to the top men's NCAA Division I, II or III, NAIA or junior college golfer taking into account all collegiate and amateur competitions during the last 12 months.
NCAA, U.S. Amateur and Public Links Champion Ryan Moore of UNLV, U.S. Open Championship low amateur Spencer Levin of New Mexico, as well as 2004 PING All-America First-Team selections Matt Every of Florida, Kentucky's John Holmes and Shane Prante of St. Martin's, highlight the watch list. Others on the 20 player watch list include Cal Poly's Travis Bertoni, Ryan Blaum of Duke, Clemson's Jack Ferguson, Anthony Kim of Oklahoma, Vanderbilt's Luke List, Pablo Martin of Oklahoma State, Indiana's Jeff Overton, Aron Price of Georgia Southern, Pepperdine's Michael Putnam, Matthew Rosenfeld of Texas, Wake Forest's Webb Simpson, Nicholas Thompson of Georgia Tech, North Carolina's Martin Ureta and Lee Williams of Auburn.
The Hogan Award selection committee will announce 10 semi-finalists on March 24 and name three finalists on April 20. The three finalists will attend The Hogan Award banquet on Saturday, May 14 at Colonial Country Club - the Saturday prior to the Bank of America Colonial - with the recipient announced that evening.
Ryan Blaum, Duke
Jack Ferguson, Clemson Webb Simpson,
Luke List, Vanderbilt
Ryan Moore, UNLV