April 16, 2002
Clemson, SC – Clemson junior D.J. Trahan is one of 10 finalists for the Ben Hogan Award, the honor given by the Golf Coaches Association of America to the top college golfer in the nation for the period May 1, 2001 to May 1, 2002. The award takes into account play during college and amateur tournaments during the one-year period listed above.
The winner will be announced on May 3 and the presentation will be made at a black-tie dinner May 13 at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, TX. That ceremony is held in conjunction with the Colonial PGA Tournament in Fort Worth.
Trahan is the top ranked amateur in the world according to latest Golfweek ranking, and is rated third in the nation among college players for 2001-02 by the Golfweek/Sagarin poll. He has led the Tigers to a number-three national ranking by the Golf Coaches Association of America. He has already won two college tournaments this year, plus the Azalea Invitational Amateur Tournament. Last year he finished seventh at the NCAA Tournament, Clemson’s top player individually, leading Clemson to a #2 final ranking.
So far this year, Trahan has a 70.43 stroke average for 10 events, third in the nation according to the Golfstat ranking system. He has an outstanding 47-16-5 record against top 20 ranked players and leads the nation in Par 4 scoring (3.93), and greens in regulation (78.9 percent). He is also third in the nation in subpar strokes/round, fourth in putting for par, fifth in fewest bogeys per round and fifth in total birdies with 125.
Trahan will next be in action at the ACC Tournament at the Old North State Club at Uwarrie Point, NC.
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