Before he set his sights on this NCAA postseason, Ryan Moore accepted a few accolades for his accomplishments of the past year.
In what had to be one of the least-suspenseful award announcements in golf history, the UNLV senior May 14 was named winner of the 2005 Ben Hogan Award. The award is given by the Golf Coaches Association of America in conjunction with Bank of America, Colonial Country Club and The Friends of Golf. The honor is awarded annually to the top men’s college golfer, taking into account all college and amateur competitions during the past 12 months.
Taking nothing away from fellow Hogan Award finalists Spencer Levin of New Mexico and Aron Price of Georgia Southern, Moore basically had the award wrapped up after his sterling spring and summer of a year ago. He won the individual title at the NCAA Championship, then added victories at the U.S. Amateur Public Links, U.S. Amateur, Sahallee Amateur and Western Amateur. He also was low individual at the World Amateur Team last fall.
Moore, a Puyallup, Wash., native who is ranked No. 1 in Golfweek’s college and amateur rankings, did nothing to lose the award this year. He has won three college titles, finishing no lower than sixth in any tournament, and leads the nation with a 68.61 stroke average. He also finished tied for 13th at last month’s Masters.
Two days before accepting the Hogan Award, Moore was honored by the Nevada Legislative Assembly and Gov. Kenny Guinn.
Then Moore went back to work, leading No. 4-ranked UNLV into the postseason May 17-20 at the NCAA West Regional at Stanford (Calif.) Golf Club, where the Rebels are the No. 1 seed.