Ban Named Finalist for Jack Nicklaus Award

Shintaro Ban has recorded one of the best senior years in Rebel golf history and is now a finalist for the prestigious Jack Nicklaus Award. He was also a semifinalist for the Ben Hogan award and also was named Mountain West Golfer of the Year.

The Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award winner will be announced May 31. The Award presentation will be held at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, and presented by award namesake Jack Nicklaus during the final round of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide.

In addition to receiving the Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award, the five recipients will compete in the Barbasol Shootout for an exemption into the PGA TOUR’s Barbasol Championship, held July 16-22, at the Champions at Keene Trace in Lexington, Ky. The Barbasol Shootout will be held Saturday, June 2 at the storied Scioto Country Club in Columbus, Ohio – the same club where Jack Nicklaus first learned the game of golf as a young boy.

Ban, who was recently selected to compete for the United States at this year’s Arnold Palmer Cup, leads the Rebels in scoring average this season with 69.51 per round. He has finished 17th or better in 12 of 13 events this season, including eight top-10s and six top-fives. He has won four individual titles this season (Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate, National Invitational Tournament, ASU Thunderbird Invitational and Mountain West Championship). He was also named MW Player of the Year after claiming medalist honors.