Alex Ching, the 2008 Manoa Cup champion, is among 26 golfers named to the Hogan Award Watch List this month. The Ben Hogan Award goes to the top men’s college golfer. It is selected by a committee. All collegiate and amateur competitions over a 12-month period are taken into account.
Ching is a Punahou graduate and a junior at the University of San Diego. This week he is fourth in the World Amateur Golf Ranking and 31st in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings.
Ten semifinalists will be chosen April 14, with three finalists invited to attend the Hogan Award Ceremony May 16 at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.
Others on the list are Alabama’s Bud Cauley and Georgia’s Russell Henly, who were finalists last year, and U.S. Amateur champion Peter Uihlein, from Oklahoma State.
The award is sponsored by Colonial, Friends of Golf, the Golf Coaches Association of America and Baird Private Wealth Management.
Bill Green named volunteer of the year
Bill Green, right, was named 2011 Chester Kahapea Volunteer of the Year by Friends of Hawaii Charities and the Sony Open in Hawaii. Green has been a gallery control marshal for 35 years. He was selected from among 1,400 volunteers this year.
The award began in 2003 and is named after the man who was tournament manager for the Hawaiian Open and Sony Open for more than 20 years. It is given to the volunteer who best demonstrates "selflessness, aloha and sacrificial effort."
Kamehameha’s Fan wins in California
Kamehameha sophomore Brittany Fan won the Golfweek Junior Tour’s City Championship at Rancho Bernardo on Sunday in California.
Fan closed with a 74 for a total of 156. She won by a shot over California’s Haley Moore.
Fan, 15, has been at the KMR School of Golf the past four years. Her brother Michael, also a KMR student, is a Kamehameha senior.
He will attend Air Force in the fall and be on the golf team. The KMR School is run by and named after instructor Kevin Ralbovsky.