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Washington's Williams wins Ben Hogan Award

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On Monday night at Colonial, Washington senior Chris Williams was named the recipient of the Ben Hogan Award, given annually to the top men’s player in college and amateur events over a 12-month period. Williams is the No. 1-ranked amateur in the world. 

Williams became the second Husky in the past four years to be honored with college golf’s most prestigious award, joining Nick Taylor in 2010.

Williams beat out Cal sophomore Michael Kim and TCU sophomore Julien Brun for the award.

“This is pretty surreal for me,” he said. “I grew up in Moscow, Idaho. I never thought I’d be here today.”

Williams was the 2012 recipient of the Mark H. McCormack Medal as the world’s top-ranked amateur, awarding him a spot in this year’s U.S. and British Opens. He also won the 2012 Western Amateur and was a quarterfinalist at the U.S. Amateur, while representing the U.S. at the World Amateur Team Championship. With this honor, Williams also earned a spot in the 2014 Colonial.

Hunter Mahan, Bill Haas and Rickie Fowler are among the players who have won this award in the past decade.