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Colt Knost wins Mark McCormack Medal

U.S. amateur champion Colt Knost was presented with the inaugural Mark H McCormack Medal on Tuesday in honor of his status as the world's number one amateur.

American Knost, who also won this year's U.S. amateur public links championship, received the accolade during a ceremony at his home club in Dallas, Texas.

"I am delighted to be the first winner of this award and to receive it at my home club is something special," Knost said in a statement released by the Royal & Ancient (R&A).

"It is the perfect way to sign off my amateur career."

Once dubbed the most powerful man in sport, Mark McCormack was a pioneer and founder of the sports marketing industry and he also created the world ranking system for professional golf. He died in 2003.

His International Management Group is widely known as the world's largest representative of sportsmen and sportswomen.

A member of the triumphant U.S. Walker Cup team three months ago, Knost is the number one player in the R&A's official world amateur rankings.

"Colt is a worthy winner of this, the first Mark H McCormack medal awarded by the R&A," Todd McCormack said after presenting the medal on behalf of the McCormack family.

"I am sure he will go on to have a long and successful career in the game that my father lived to promote."


December 13, 2007

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