Tide's Bud Cauley Hogan Semifinalist

NORMAN, Okla. – Alabama junior golfer Bud Cauley has been announced as one of 10 semifinalists for the 2011 Ben Hogan Award presented by Baird Private Wealth Management, in association with Colonial Country Club, The Friends of Golf (FOG) and the Golf Coaches Association of America.

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 NJCAA college golfer taking into account all collegiate and amateur competitions during a 12-month period.

Cauley and his Alabama teammates will participate in the Southeastern Conference Championship Tournament Friday-Sunday at Sea Island, Ga.

Cauley, who was a finalist for last year's Hogan Award and a semifinalist in 2009, has one tournament victory and five top-10 finishes so far this season. He boasts 10 rounds in the 60s, including a low of 65, and a 54-hole low of nine-under par 201 at the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Invitational which he won by five shots.

He boasts a crisp 70.48 stroke average and is currently ranked No. 6 the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Cauley finished tied for third at the acclaimed Jones Cup Invitational on Feb. 7 and fifth at the Southern Amateur Championship at Shoal Creek in Birmingham on July 16, 2010. The two-time first-team All-SEC selection was also selected to play in last year's Nationwide Tour's Children's Hospital Invitational in July.

Other semifinalists include Blayne Barber of Auburn, UCLA's Patrick Cantlay, Florida's Andres Echavarria, Oklahoma State's Morgan Hoffmann, Kevin Tway and Peter Uihlein, Illinois's Scott Langley, Patrick Reed of Augusta State and Stanford's Andrew Yun.

Hogan Award finalists will be announced May 4. The three finalists will be invited to Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, for the Hogan Award presentation on the evening of May 16.

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