Cauley Semifinalist For Hogan Award

University of Alabama sophomore Bud Cauley has been selected as a semifinalist for the 2010 Ben Hogan Award, given annually to the nation's top collegiate golfer, the Golf Coaches Association of America has announced.

The Hogan award is the most prestigious award in men's college golf, taking into account all collegiate and amateur competitions during a 12-month period.

Cauley, a first-team Golfweek All-America selection as a true freshman at Alabama, has followed up his impressive rookie campaign by collecting two wins, three top fives and more three top-10 finishes in eight tournaments during his sophomore effort. The Jacksonville, Fla., native leads the Crimson Tide with a 71.32 stroke average and ranks second nationally in the individual Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.

Cauley started the season hot by finishing sixth at the PING/Golfweek Invitational in September and followed that up with a win at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational a month later.

The All-American began the spring season by placing 10th at the John Hyatt Collegiate Invitational in his hometown of Jacksonville, Fla. His second win of the season came at the Linger Longer Invitational when the sophomore fired an 8-under-par, career-low 64 opening round to distance himself from the field. Cauley stayed true to form with another top-10 finish at the Augusta State Invitational to close out regular season play.

Joining Cauley as semifinalists are Stanford's David Chung, Harris English and Russell Henley of Georgia, Texas' Dylan Frittelli, Brendan Gielow of Wake Forest, Augusta State's Patrick Reed, Nick Taylor of Washington and Oklahoma State's Kevin Tway and Peter Uihlein.

The Hogan Award finalists will be announced on May 11 and will be invited to Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, for the Hogan Award presentation on the evening of May 24.

Former Alabama golfer Michael Thompson was a finalist for the award in 2008. Marten Olander is the only Crimson Tide golfer to win The Ben Hogan Award, capturing the honor in 1993.

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