Haskins winner to receive Greenbrier exemption

UCLA's Patrick Cantlay

UCLA's Patrick Cantlay

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Being recognized as the country’s most outstanding college golfer now comes with an added perk: a PGA Tour exemption.

The 2012 Haskins Award winner -- determined by a popular vote among NCAA Division I college coaches and players, media, sports information directors and former Haskins winners -- will receive a special invite into the PGA Tour’s Greenbrier Classic on July 5-8. The award will be presented on Monday of tournament week.

“For the Commission, this opens so many doors in the future,” said Richard Hyatt, a member of the Haskins Commission. “We knew that this would be a very attractive step for college golfers.”

The Greenbrier Classic, won in a playoff last year by Scott Stallings, will be held at the Old White TPC in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

UCLA’s Patrick Cantlay won the Haskins Award in 2011 after a sensational freshman campaign during which he won four times and finished second at the NCAA Championship.

Other past winners of the Haskins Award, which began in 1971, include Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Luke Donald. Haskins Award winners have combined for 28 major championships, 42 Ryder Cup appearances and more than 250 victories on the PGA and Champions tours.

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