April 18, 2013
Pan and Williams each have six top-10 finishes this season.
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts brand, in conjunction with Colonial Country Club, The Friends of Golf (FOG) and the Golf Coaches Association of America, has announced the 10 semifinalists for The Ben Hogan Award, the most prestigious award in men's college golf, and Washington's Chris Williams and Cheng-Tsung Pan are on the list.
It is the second straight year that the Huskies' duo has made the semifinal list. They are among five golfers who are semifinalists for the second consecutive year.
The Ben 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. The Ben Hogan Award Selection Committee is made up of 23 leaders and experts in amateur, college and professional golf.
The group of 10 will be pared down to three finalists on Wednesday, May 8. The winner will then be crowned at a black-tie banquet at Colonial Country Club on Monday, May 20, prior to the start of the PGA TOUR's Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
Williams has been ranked No. 1 in World Amateur Golf Ranking since September. He has won the Mark H. McCormack Award, won the 2012 Western Amateur Championship, finished 7th at the U.S. Amateur and advanced to the quarterfinals of match play.
The senior from Moscow, Idaho has represented his country three times. He was a member of the USA team at the Palmer Cup, he helped Team USA win the World Amateur Championship and he also had a second place individual finish and helped Team USA win the 2012 World Amateur Team Championships.
Williams has a 71.31 round scoring average in nine events for the Huskies this season. He has six top-10 finishes, with a season-best second. Williams is 17th in the Golfweek.com individual player rankings.
Pan also had a stellar 12-month run on the amateur circuit. He was second in the Asian Amateur Championship in November and second in the U.S. Am back in August before losing in the quarterfinals of match play. He also had a top-5 stroke play finish in the U.S. Amateur Publinx before falling in the Round of 32 during match play. He is currently 10th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.
Pan was college's No. 1 golfer after going 271-4-10 in head-to-head action during the fall season and finishing no worse than third in four collegiate events. He won the Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational, was second in both the Ping/Golfweek Preview and US Collegiate Championship and third in the Pac-12 Preview.
He currently is ranked 11th by Golfweek.com and sports a 71.07 per round average. He has six top-10 finishes overall this season.
Trevor Simsby was on the initial watch list, but did not make the semifinalist cut.
The 2013 The Ben Hogan Award semifinalists, in alphabetical order, joining the Huskies' duo are: Julien Brun (TCU, So.), Albin Choi (NC State, Jr.), Sean Dale (North Florida, Sr.), Michael Kim (California, So.), Patrick Rodgers (Stanford, So.), Brandon Stone (Texas, Fr.), Justin Thomas (Alabama, So.) and Bobby Wyatt (Alabama, Jr.).