Matt Hill Wins 2009 Nicklaus Award

Allen LoppCorrespondent IJune 8, 2009

North Carolina State University sophomore Matt Hill was awarded the Jack Nicklaus Award for one of the greatest single-season performances in the history of college golf.

Hill is the third NCSU Wolfpack individual athlete to become a national champion, claiming a two-stroke victory at the NCAA Championship at the Country Club in Toledo, Ohio.

Hill played specularly in Toledo, making some amazing shots, like the 215-yard four iron he hit that allowed him to make an important eagle on the No. 8 hole to propell him to the top of the leader board.

The victory in Toledo brought his win total this season to eight, winning seven of the last eight tournments, including the ACC championship, the NCAA Central Regional Championship, and the NCAA Championship.

Hill joined Tiger Woods as the only player to win all three events in the same year, and was recently promoted to the world's No. 4 ranked amateur, according to the Royal and Ancient Golf Club.

Next up, Hill will tee off with PGA Tour veteran Brett Quigley in his U.S. Open Sectional tournament, a 36-hole qualifying tournament for the U.S. Open.

If he qualifies for the Open, he would have to squeeze it into an already busy schedule.

Hill is playing in two Nationwide Tour events, not to mention his NCAA Championship win earned him an automatic berth in the U.S. Amateur Open.