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Tracy named to Ben Hogan watch list

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Tracy named to Ben Hogan watch list

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Senior Ethan Tracy of the University of Arkansas men’s golf team was named to the Ben Hogan Award Watch list it was announced on Wednesday afternoon. The Ben Hogan Award is presented annually to the top men’s NCAA Division I, II or III, NAIA or NJCAA college golfer and its watch list includes 28 collegiate golfers. The announcement came from Baird Private Wealth Management in association with Colonial Country Club, The Friends of Golf (FOG) and the Golf Coaches Association of America who look at amateur competitions over a 12-month period. Tracy’s resume for the award includes honorable mention Golfweek All-America honors, Ping! All-Central Region and second-team All-SEC accolades from last spring when Tracy averaged 72.26 for the 2010-11 season. He tied for 14th at the SEC Championship, tied for 12th at the NCAA Southeast Regional and tied for 74th at the NCAA Championships before winning the prestigious Western Amateur over the summer. This fall, the senior was Arkansas’ most consistent golfer with four top five finishes including a high placing of third at the at the Windon Memorial Classic. He averaged 71.87 strokes per 18 holes, carded four rounds in the 60s and finished his final three tournaments under par. The 2012 watch list will be trimmed to 10 semifinalists on Wednesday, April 11, with a final three announced on Thursday, May 10. The 2012 Ben Hogan Award winner will be announced on Monday, May 21, in a banquet at the Colonial Country Club prior to the start of the PGA Tour’s Crowne Plaza Invitational. Along with Tracy, other watch list members include Blayne Barber (Auburn, Jr.), .), Zac Blair (BYU, Jr.), Julien Brun (TCU, Fr.), Patrick Cantlay (UCLA, So.), Sean Dale (North Florida, Jr.), Derek Ernst (UNLV, Sr.), Dylan Frittelli (Texas, Sr.), Luke Guthrie (Illinois, Sr.), Stephan Jaeger (Chattanooga, Sr.), Brooks Koepka (Florida State, Sr.), Jace Long (Missouri, Jr.), Bryden Macpherson (Georgia, Jr.), Daniel Miernicki (Oregon, Sr.), Corbin Mills (Clemson, Jr.), Cheng-Tsung Pan (Washington, Fr.), Thomas Pieters (Illinois, So.), Patrick Rodgers (Stanford, Fr.), Kyle Souza (Chico State, Sr.), Jordan Spieth (Texas, Fr.), Justin Thomas (Alabama, Fr.), Harold Varner (East Carolina, Sr.), T.J. Vogel (Florida, Jr.), James White (Georgia Tech, Sr.), Cory Whitsett (Alabama, So.), Chris Williams (Washington, Jr.), Eugene Wong (Oregon, Sr.) and Andrew Yun (Stanford, Jr.). Former winners of the Ben Hogan Award include Rickey Barnes (Arizona, 2003), Hunter Mahan (Oklahoma State, 2003), Bill Haas (Wake Forest, 2004), Rickie Fowler (Oklahoma State, 2008) and Peter Uihlein (Oklahoma State, 2011). The Razorback men’s golf team begins its spring season on Saturday with the first 36 holes of the Gator Invitational in Gainesville, Fla.



Sports Category : Golf (M)