FORT WORTH, Texas (Feb. 4, 2016) – Through the auspices of the Friends of Golf (FOG), Colonial Country Club and The Ben Hogan Award Committee are pleased to announce an agreement with Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) to be the presenting sponsor for The Ben Hogan Award.
“We are elated to announce our partnership with Konica Minolta,” Dr. Bill Barnes, the co-chairman of The Ben Hogan Award Committee, said. “The Konica Minolta brand truly represents excellence, and the company’s long history with the golf industry makes for a perfect fit for our award.”
In accordance with the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA), The Ben Hogan Award, the most prestigious award in college golf, is presented annually to the top men’s college golfer taking into account all collegiate and amateur competitions during the 12-month period dating from the previous award banquet.
“Konica Minolta is honored to support the event as a presenting sponsor of the Ben Hogan Award,” says Kevin Kern, senior vice president, Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions, U.S.A., Inc. “This award symbolizes the spirit of philanthropy and achievement that the committee strives to honor each year in the golf community.”
Past winners of the award include: D.J. Trahan (Clemson, 2002), Ricky Barnes (Arizona, 2003), Hunter Mahan (Oklahoma State, 2003), Bill Haas (Wake Forest, 2004), Ryan Moore (UNLV, 2005), Matt Every (Florida, 2006), Chris Kirk (Georgia, 2007), Rickie Fowler (Oklahoma State, 2008), Kyle Stanley (Clemson, 2009), Nick Taylor (Washington, 2010), Peter Uihlein (Oklahoma State, 2011), Patrick Cantlay (UCLA, 2012), Chris Williams (Washington, 2013), Patrick Rodgers (Stanford, 2014) and Jon Rahm (Arizona State, 2015).
Konica Minolta has an established association with the golf industry, including as a longtime sponsor for the PGA TOUR. In addition, the company has partnered with CBS Sports bringing the popular Konica Minolta bizhub® SwingVision Camera to select PGA TOUR® broadcasts. The official marketing relationship with the PGA TOUR expanded in September 2015 when Konica Minolta launched a SwingVision Video Channel on PGATOUR.com.
The 2016 Ben Hogan Award banquet will take place at Colonial Country Club on Monday, May 23, prior to the start of the PGA TOUR’s Colonial National Invitation Tournament. To purchase tickets, call (817) 927-4280.
Since the Ben Hogan Award committee began inviting all three finalists to Colonial Country Club in 2005, notable finalists include current world No. 1 Jordan Spieth, as well as PGA TOUR winners Russell Henley and Michael Thompson.
About Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is a leader in information management focused on enterprise content, technology optimization and cloud services. Our portfolio of offerings deliver solutions to improve our customers’ speed to market, manage technology costs, and facilitate the sharing of information to increase productivity. The All Covered IT Services division offers a range of IT strategy, support, project and cloud computing solutions across all verticals. Konica Minolta has won numerous awards and recognition, including placement in the Leaders Quadrant on the Gartner 2014 Magic Quadrant for Managed Print Services (MPS) and Managed Content Services (MCS). Konica Minolta has been recognized as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys for eight consecutive years. Konica Minolta, Inc. has also been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for four years in a row. For more information, please visit: www.kmbs.konicaminolta.us and follow Konica Minolta on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter @konicaminoltaus.