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Oregon’s Xiong wins Haskins Award

Oregon sophomore Norman Xiong on Wednesday was named the winner of the Haskins Award presented by Stifel.

Xiong, who won six times during his second year with the Ducks, beat out Texas senior Doug Ghim and Ole Miss junior Braden Thornberry for the award.

“It means so much to win this award,” he said. “It definitely allows me to reflect and look back at all I’ve accomplished this season.

The 19-year-old, who was profiled on this website in April, turned pro after NCAAs and will make his debut on the PGA Tour later this summer.

He is expected to receive several sponsor exemptions, including the John Deere Classic and Barracuda Championship. Winning the Haskins Award gets him into the Greenbrier Classic.

Ghim, who recently was named the Hogan Award winner as the best amateur player over a 12-month period, won three times this season, including the Big 12 title and NCAA regionals.

Thornberry, the 2017 Haskins Award winner, added four more titles to his record-breaking career at Ole Miss. He announced this week that he’ll return to school for his senior season.

The Haskins Award is voted on by college golfers, coaches and media members.

“This award is prestigious,” Xiong said. “The person who does win this award definitely has stood out in college out.”