Bama golfer Cauley finalist for Ben Hogan Award

TUSCALOOSA – University of Alabama sophomore golfer Bud Cauley has been selected as a finalist for the 2010 Ben Hogan Award presented by Chesapeake Energy, in association with Colonial Country Club, The Friends of Golf (FOG) and the Golf Coaches Association of America.

The Hogan Award is given annually to the nation's top collegiate golfer and is the most prestigious honor in college golf, taking into account all collegiate and amateur competitions during a 12-month period.

"The Ben Hogan Award is the Heisman Trophy of men's collegiate golf, Alabama head coach Jay Seawell said on Tuesday. "I'm excited for Bud to have been selected as a finalist and excited for the University of Alabama to have a finalist in two of the last three years. It is a very deserving honor for Bud. He has played well in almost every competitive round over the last year."

A two-time first-team All-SEC selection, Cauley followed up his All-American freshman campaign by collecting two wins, three top fives and three more top-10 finishes in eight tournaments during his sophomore season.  The Jacksonville, Fla., native leads the Crimson Tide with a 71.32 stroke average and ranks second nationally in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.

Cauley was the second Alabama golfer and one of 10 in 2009 to be selected to participate in the Walker Cup. He helped the Americans to a commanding win over the team from Great Britain and Ireland while posting a 3-0-1 record. Cauley also played for the United States on the Palmer Cup team last June and then won the prestigious Players Amateur in July.

He started the collegiate season with a sixth-place finish at the PING/Golfweek Invitational in September and continued with a win at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational to close out the fall season.

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 a career-low 8-under-par 64 in the 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.

Georgia's Russell Henley and Washington's Nick Taylor will join Cauley at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, on the evening of May 24 for the Hogan Award Presentation.

Cauley is the third player from Alabama who has been selected as a finalist for the Ben Hogan Award, joining former Crimson Tide golfer Michael Thompson, who was a  finalist in 2008 and Marten Olander who won the 1993 award.