NORMAN, OK (March 22, 2017) -- The Golf
Association of America has announced finalists
the 2017 Byron Nelson Award presented by
Srixon/Cleveland Golf, in cooperation with the
Seasons Resort and Club Las Colinas and the
Salesmanship Club of Dallas.
The finalists are Jared du Toit of Arizona
Saint John’s (MN) Mack Farley, Auburn’s Matt
Gilchrest, Maverick McNealy of Stanford and
Virginia’s Jimmy Stanger.
Jared du Toit- The Arizona State
has had an impressive spring season thus far
winning the Prestige at
PGA West and also finishing runner-up at the
Ari Invitational following a playoff. Over the
Toit made national headlines when he finished
for 10th at the RBC Canadian Open.
Mack Farley- Playing for Division
(MN), Farley picked up a win at the 2016 Twin
Classic and has also recorded four other top-15
Matt Gilchrest- With three
20 finishes so far this year Gilchrest is
impressive career at Auburn. In 2015 he was an
All-SEC first-teamer and a member of the Ben
Hogan Award Watch List.
the fall McNealy won the 11th tournament of his
memorable Stanford career at the Nike
and he is currently tied with Tiger Woods and
Rodgers for the most wins all-time in program
history. For the season, McNealy has recorded
top-20 finishes and he is currently the second
ranked player in the World Amateur Golf
Jimmy Stanger- Along
recently making his PGA Tour debut at the
Championship, Stanger has put together another
stellar season for Virginia. Stanger shared
in the fall at the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate
overall he has four top-10 finishes this season.
Candidates for the Nelson Award must be a
graduating senior and the selection committee
considers equally a nominee’s entire collegiate
academic and golf career as well as his character
and integrity while in college.
Particular consideration will be given to a
nominee’s good citizenship, as portrayed by Mr.
Byron Nelson over the course of his life and golf