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Knoxville native Ryan Hall finishes as finalist for Haskins Award


SCOTTSDALE – Knoxville native Ryan Hall capped one of the best individual seasons in University of South Carolina men’s golf history this week by being named one of three finalists for The Haskins Award.


It was later announced that Florida State’s John Pak was the winner of the trophy, which goes to the top golfer in NCAA Division I, as voted on by coaches, players and sports information directors. Davis Thompson of Georgia was the other finalist.


Still, it was another accolade for Hall, who played his prep golf at Halls High School in Knoxville.


Hall had just completed his stay at the NCAA Division I National Championships at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.  He finished with a 54-hole score of 219 (+9) and missed the cut for the final round of stroke play.


He competed as an individual as South Carolina didn’t qualify for the National Championships as a team.


Hall became just the third NCAA Regional Champion in program history after winning the Albuquerque Regional by a shot back on May 19. The First Team All-SEC selection posted a 69.97 season scoring average, the lowest in program history. He's the first South Carolina golfer ever with a sub-70 season scoring average.


Hall finished in the top-20 in 10 of 11 starts with four top-fives (T-7th most in program history), six top-10s (T-8th most in program history) and a pair of wins. He joined All-Americans Keenan Huskey, Will Miles, Matt NeSmith and Kyle Thompson as the only players in program history to notch multiple wins in the same season.


Hall, who came into the week ranked No. 30 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, will have a busy summer with the Arnold Palmer Cup (June 11-13) at Rich Harvest Farms and a handful of other prestigious amateur events. He will also make his PGA TOUR debut after earning a sponsor exemption into the 3M Open in July with his victory at the Augusta Haskins Award Invitational on Easter Sunday.