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June 3 2012

5:20 PM

Tide’s Thomas wins Nicklaus Award

DUBLIN, Ohio -- Alabama freshman Justin Thomas was named the NCAA Division I winner of the Jack Nicklaus Award as the nation’s top collegiate golfer on Sunday.

Thomas won his first college tournament earlier this year and went on to take three more titles. Thomas, who is from Goshen, Ky., previously won the Phil Mickelson Award as the nation's top freshman and was named a first-team All-American.

Ben Taylor was the Division II recipient after the Englishman won twice, finished second four times and led Nova Southeastern to its first national crown. Noah Ratner of Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C., received the Division III award after winning four times and earning first-team All-America honors for the second straight year.

Texas Wesleyan's Nathan Anderson was the NAIA Jack Nicklaus Award winner after capturing first-team All-America honors for the second straight year. Jimmy Kozikowski of South Mountain Community College won the NAJCAA after winning twice and finishing 10th or better in all 12 events he played this year.

The Jack Nicklaus Award is given annually by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

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