Stanley Wins Ben Hogan Award

Clemson junior Kyle Stanley was awarded the 2009 Ben Hogan Award at Colonial Country Club in Dallas, TX on Friday evening.

The honor is given each year to the top collegiate golfer and takes into account performance in college and amateur tournaments from May 2008 to May 2009. The Ben Hogan Award is presented by Chesapeake Energy in association with the Colonial Country Club and the Golf Coaches Association of America. Stanley won the Ben Hogan Award in competition against finalists Rickie Fowler of Oklahoma State and Jorge Campillo of Indiana.

"I want thank Coach (Larry) Penley and Coach Jordan Byrd for giving me the opportunity to play for Clemson University. I feel fortunate to represent Clemson the last three years and I look forward to playing for the Tigers one more time at the NCAAs next week. "

Stanley is the second Clemson golfer to win the honor. D.J. Trahan, currently on the PGA Tour, won the award in 2002. Trahan ranks first in school history in career stroke average (71.49) and Stanley is second (71.70).

Stanley is Clemson's top golfer this year with a 71.67 stroke average for nine tournaments. He finished in the top 10 in seven of the nine, including a victory at the Carpet Classic in Dalton, GA in September. He also finished third at the recent NCAA Northeast Regional in Galloway, NJ and was fifth at the NCAA Preview at Inverness last fall.

Stanley is ranked third in the United States and eighth in the World Amateur Rankings according to Golfweek. He is seventh in the Golfweek/Sagarin collegiate rankings.

As an amateur this year, Stanley won the Southern Amateur in July in Orlando, FL and the Jones Cup in Sea Island, GA in February. Last summer he also played in the United States Amateur and United States Open. The junior from Gig Harbor, WA will start play in the NCAA national championships at Inverness in Toledo, OH next Tuesday. Top Stories