FORT WORTH, Texas (April 21, 2023) – Longtime PGA TOUR star and Texas Golf Hall of Fame member Ryan Palmer will be the featured guest at this year’s Ben Hogan Award presented by PNC Bank. Palmer joins Jon Rahm and Collin Morikawa as active PGA TOUR stars to serve as a dinner speaker in the past five years.
Palmer, 46, has spent two decades on the PGA TOUR since his rookie season of 2004. He owns four career victories and has amassed more than $32 million in career earnings. Palmer also has claimed 11 runner-up finishes and 68 career top-10s. He finished 10th at the 2011 Masters Tournament and tied for fifth at the 2014 PGA Championship.
Palmer, a member of Colonial Country Club, was inducted into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame in 2022. He also received the 2022 Arnie Award, Golf Digest’s highest honor, for his charitable endeavors.
He and his family established the Ryan Palmer Foundation in 2003 to create life-changing and brighter futures for communities and underserved families by offering access to education, self-care and personal development. Initiatives include aiding in dental care, the Ryan Palmer Foundation Healing Garde, Palmer Playhouse and the Palmer Sportszone at Children’s Hospital of Northwest Texas, grants for children to participate in junior golf tournaments at no cost and supporting the Northern Texas PGA Foundation’s Golf Park at PGA Frisco.
“We are truly honored to get the chance to hear from Ryan at this year’s dinner,” Harold Muckleroy, the Chairman of the Ben Hogan Award, said. “He is certainly an all-time golf great in the state of Texas and a wonderful ambassador for the game of golf.”
Born and raised in Amarillo, Texas, he played college golf at the University of North Texas for one year before transferring to Texas A&M University for his final three years, where he was a three-time All-Big 12 honoree. He and his wife, Jennifer, have two children, Mason and Maddy.
The Ben Hogan Award presented by PNC Bank annually awards the top men’s NCAA Division I, II or III, NAIA or NJCAA college golfer based on all collegiate, amateur and professional events over the previous 12 months. The award’s 10 semifinalists were announced on Monday while the three Finalists will be named on Thursday, May 4.
The three Finalists will attend the black-tie dinner Monday, May 22, at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, where the winner will be crowned. In addition, the recipient of the 2023 Eddie Merrins Award, TCU coach Bill Montigel, will also be honored at the dinner. For ticket information, contact Jimmie Whitt at (817) 927-4289 or [email protected].