Kim, Brun, Williams named Hogan finalists
TCU sophomore Julien Brun, California sophomore Michael Kim and Washington senior Chris Williams are the finalists for the 2013 Ben Hogan Award, the GCAA and its partners announced Wednesday.
Brun, an all-Big 12 selection and last year's NCAA runner-up, has won three times this year with eight top-10 finishes and a 70.45 scoring average. The Frenchman also won the European Challenge Tour's 2012 Allianz Open Toulouse.
Kim, the Pac-12 player of the year, has won four times this year with no finish lower than 11th and is No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings and the GolfStat.com rankings. The Californian also reached match play at the 2012 U.S. Amateur.
Williams, an all-Pac-12 selection, has seven top-10 finishes this season, including three runner-up finishes and a 71.06 scoring average. The Idahoan swept the Western Amateur match-play and stroke-play titles and is No. 1 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings and the Scratch Player World Rankings.
In conjunction with Friends of Golf, Colonial Country Club and Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, the GCAA will present the award May 20 before the start of the PGA Tour's Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial at a banquet featuring keynote speaker Corey Pavin. The award includes an exemption into the 2014 tournament and a grant for the winner's collegiate program.
The Hogan Award is presented annually to the top men’s NCAA Division I, II or III, NAIA or NJCAA college golfer taking into account all collegiate and amateur competitions during the 12-month period dating from
the previous award’s banquet. Recent winners include Rickie Fowler, Bill Haas and Hunter Mahan.