All-American Michael Putnam One Of 10 Semifinalists For 2005 Ben Hogan Award

March 24, 2005

Norman, Okla. - Pepperdine senior All-American Michael Putnam was named one of 10 semifinalists for the 2005 Ben Hogan Award, it was announced by Bank of America, in cooperation with Colonial Country Club, The Friends of Golf (FOG) and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) 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.

Putnam currently leads the Waves with a 71.00 stroke average and is coming off a solid performance at the Oregon Duck Invitational in which shared individual medalist honors. The senior from Tacoma, Washington, has five Top 10 finishes in 10 events this season.

Other semifinalists include former NCAA medalist Alejandro Cañizares of Arizona State; East Tennessee State's Rhys Davies; U.S. Open low amateur Spencer Levin of New Mexico; Oklahoma State's Pablo Martin; U.S. Amateur, U.S. Public Links and NCAA Champion Ryan Moore of UNLV; Indiana's Jeff Overton; Aron Price of Georgia Southern; Matthew Rosenfeld of Texas; and Georgia Tech's Nicholas Thompson.

The Hogan Award selection committee will announce 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.

2005 The Ben Hogan Semifinalists
Alejandro Cañizares, Arizona State
Rhys Davies, East Tennessee State
Spencer Levin, New Mexico
Pablo Martin, Oklahoma State
Ryan Moore, UNLV
Jeff Overton, Indiana
Aron Price, Georgia Southern
Michael Putnam, Pepperdine
Matthew Rosenfeld, Texas
Nicholas Thompson, Georgia Tech



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