Trahan Named Semifinalist for Hogan Award


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Clemson, SC-Clemson senior D.J. Trahan is one of 11 college golfers
named as semifinal candidates for the 2003 Ben Hogan Award. The
list was announced Tuesday by the Golf Coaches Association of
America. The honor is presented to the top men's golfer in the
nation, taking into account all college and amateur competitions from
May 1, 2002 to May 1, 2003.


Trahan won the award last year, the first Clemson golfer so
honored. This year, Trahan has led Clemson to the number-one
ranking in the nation with a 70.31 stroke average and seven top 10
finishes in nine tournaments. He won the Mercedes Benz Collegiate
in Jacksonville in February and has four second-place finishes this
year, including each of his last three events. In addition to
holding down the number-one ranking among college golfers in the
Sagarin/Golfweek poll, he is also the number-one ranked amateur in
the world according to Golfweek and Titleist.

For his career, Trahan is Clemson's leader in stroke average
(71.38), rounds in the 60s (41) and rounds under par (74). He needs
three rounds at par or better to tie John Engler's career record in
that category. He will lead the Tigers into the ACC Tournament
this weekend at The Old North State Club in New London, NC.

The list of Hogan Award semifinalists for 2003 includes four
ACC players. In addition to Trahan, Dustin Bray of North Carolina,
Bill Haas of Wake Forest and Justin Walters of NC State are also
among the 11. The others on the list are Ricky Barnes of Arizona,
Hunter Mahan of Oklahoma State, Ryan Moore of UNLV, Chris Nallen of
Arizona, Adam Rubinson of TCU, Nick Watney of Fresno State and Oliver
Wilson of Augusta State.

The Hogan Award selection committee will name five finalists
on April 25. The winner will be announced on May 9 and the
presentation banquet will be held at Colonial Country Club in Fort
Worth, TX on May 19. That will be the Monday prior to the Bank of
America Colonial PGA Tour event.

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