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27 players make Ben Hogan Award watch list

By Ryan Herrington

To say all eyes are on the 27 golfers below on the Ben Hogan Award watch list is a little misleading. You don't have to be included here to be eligible for the honor when it's awarded May 20 in a black-tie banquet at Colonial CC in Fort Worth.

Still, those among this esteemed group make up the leading contenders for the award, given to top collegiate golfer taking into account record in both college and amateur competitions, as the spring season gets under way. (In the interest of full disclosure, I am a member of the selection committee for the award and participated in selecting the watch list.)

Four schools had multiple players on the list: California with four, Washington with three and Alabama and Washington with two each.

One non-Division I golfers were also included: Nova Southeastern's Ben Taylor.

A list of the 10 semifinalists will be named April 18 and the three finalists will be announced May 3.

The award is presented by the Friends of Golf, Colonial CC and the GCAA.

Ben Hogan Award watch list
Daniel Berger, Florida State
Julien Brun, TCU**
Albin Choi, N.C. State
Corey Conners, Kent State
Scott Fernandez, Iowa State
Steven Fox, Chattanooga
Ben Geyer, St. Mary's (Calif.)
Talor Gooch, Oklahoma State
Brandon Hagy, California
Max Homa, California
Michael Kim, California
Jace Long, Missouri*
Tyler McCumber, Florida
Cheng-Tsung Pan, Washington**
Kevin Penner, UNLV
Thomas Pieters, Illinois*
Patrick Rodgers, Stanford**
Trevor Simsby, Washington
Brandon Stone, Texas
Julian Suri, Duke
Ben Taylor, Nova Southeastern
Justin Thomas, Alabama**
T.J. Vogel, Florida*
Michael Weaver, California
Pontus Widegren, UCLA
Chris Williams, Washington**
Bobby Wyatt, Alabama

* Made 2012 Hogan Award watch list
** Made 2012 Hogan Award semifinalists