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Castro Named Semifinalist for Hogan Award

March 29, 2006

ATLANTA – Georgia Tech golfer Roberto Castro has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the 2006 Ben Hogan Award, presented annually to the top men’s NCAA Division I, II or III, NAIA or junior college golfer taking into account all collegiate and amateur competitions during the last 12 months.

The 10 semifinalists for the award were announced Wednesday by Bank of America, in cooperation with Colonial Country Club, The Friends of Golf (FOG) and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA).

A junior from Alpharetta, Ga., Castro is one of five 2005 PING first-team All-Americans up for the award, along with East Tennessee State’s Rhys Davies, Matt Every of Florida, Oklahoma Anthony Kim and Pablo Martin of Oklahoma State.

Castro, the nation’s eighth-ranked player in the most recent Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, has six top-20 finishes in seven tournaments this year and tops the Yellow Jackets in stroke average at 71.90. He also was a member of the victorious United States Palmer Cup team last summer.

Baylor’s Ryan Baca, Andres Gonzales of UNLV, Brian Harman and Chris Kirk of Georgia and Wake Forest’s Kyle Reifers were also named semifinalists.

The Hogan Award selection committee will name the honor’s three finalists on May 2. The three finalists will attend The Hogan Award banquet on Saturday, May 13 at Colonial Country Club, the Saturday prior to the Bank of America Colonial PGA Tour event, with the recipient announced that evening.

2006 The Ben Hogan Semifinalists(in alphabetical order)Ryan Baca, BaylorRoberto Castro, Georgia TechRhys Davies, East Tennessee StateMatt Every, FloridaAndres Gonzales, UNLVBrian Harman, GeorgiaAnthony Kim, OklahomaChris Kirk, GeorgiaPablo Martin, Oklahoma StateKyle Reifers, Wake Forest

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