Tulsa's Korbe Honored With Prestigious Byron Nelson Award
May 30, 2007
NORMAN, Okla. - The Golf Coaches Association of America has announced University of Tulsa golfer Sam Korbe and Roberto Castro of Georgia Tech as the recipients of the 2007 Byron Nelson Award, it was announced today.
The award is presented by Cleveland Golf, in cooperation with the Four Seasons Resort and Club Las Colinas and the Salesmanship Club of Dallas. Candidates of the award are graduating seniors that exemplify outstanding performance throughout their career in academics and golf. The deciding committee also considers the nominee's character and integrity through his citizenship and community service acts. These are all traits that were portrayed by Mr. Byron Nelson throughout his life and golf career.
Korbe recently received his undergraduate degree and is planning on furthering his education by attending medical school at the University of Oklahoma. He completed his career at Tulsa with a 3.74 grade point average in biochemistry.
On the golf course, Korbe has maintained a 72.6 stroke average and has placed among the top-20 in eight tournaments this season, including five top-5 performances. He was a second-team all-Conference USA selection and was one of three Tulsa golfers selected to the five-member C-USA All-Academic team.
Korbe is playing in his 50th career tournament this week at the NCAA Champinships. He has posted 22 top-20 career performances and has placed among the top-10 in 4 events. He has a 73.2 career stroke average and posted two career victories.
"This year, all of our finalists were great, they displayed such a significant amount of selflessness," said Matt Thurmond, chair of the Byron Nelson Award Committee. The committee agreed that the event of a tie for the Nelson Award was unprecedented. After six weeks of evaluation, the seven-person committee decided on naming both Korbe and Castro with the honor. According to the committee, all of the candidates could have been named with the award, although the two winners excelled in the categories by which they were evaluated.
"Sam is a tremendous golfer and student," Thurmond said. "his work in the community and his way of giving of himself to others is inspiring."
He is active in his church and school, and participates as a volunteer in the medical field. Korbe's service in the community includes shadowing doctors and assisting at a local hospital.
"Coming into this year, I wasn't thinking about any post-season awards, I just tried doing what I always do, to get better at golf and work hard at my academics," Korbe said. "Although I will miss golf greatly, I plan to immerse myself in medical school. That is the only thing that could pull me away from the sport."
Korbe and his Tulsa teammates tee-off at the NCAA Championships in Williamsburg, Virginia, today.