Uihlein Named Ben Hogan Award Winner

During a Golfweek.com live webcast, it was announced Monday night that Oklahoma State's standout junior golfer and Big 12 Golfer of the Year Peter Uihlein had won the 2011 Ben Hogan Award as the top NCAA Division I, II, II, or NAIA golfer of the year. Uihlein won the award over fellow finalists Cowboy teammate Kevin Tway and UCLA freshman Patrick Cantlay.

"We are all here tonight because of Ben Hogan and what he has meant to golf. It is truly remarkable what Colonial (Country Club) is doing in keeping his tradition alive. He is one of the greatest players to ever live. To be here and see all of his memorabilia and awards is truly remarkable," Uihlein said.

Uihlein becomes the second Cowboy to win the award in the past four yeas as Rickie Fowler won it previously. Uihlein continued to say, even after winning the award and with everything that has gone well for him in his career over the past year like winning rhe United State Amateur, making the cut in a PGA Tour event, and playing in The Masters, that he intends to be back for his senior season next year at Oklahoma State.

"When I was growing up and talking about Oklahoma State, I wanted to be a part of a tradition that was second to none. To be a part of a team at Oklahoma State with the nucleus that we have and to be a part of that tradition is truly remarkable" Uihlein said.

"I want to thank the coaches, Coach (Mike) McGraw and Coach (Alan) Bratton. I will be back next year for my senior year and I wish I could go more. I truly love it there. I can truly say that I would not be standing up here if I would have gone anywhere other than Oklahoma State."

Now the Cowboys prepare for their NCAA Regional at The Golf Club of Colorado. They will be looking to qualify and compete on their home course as Oklahoma State hosts the NCAA Division I Golf Championship at Karsten Creek from May 30-June 5.

There was a report out of the Hogan Award Banquet that junior All-Big 12 golfer Morgan Hoffman would skip his senior season and turn pro following the completion of the Cowboys season.

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