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30 players make Ben Hogan Award watch list

By Ryan Herrington

ben_hogan_award_logo-11 copy.jpgYou'll struggle to find any true surprises among the 30 golfers named Wednesday to the Ben Hogan Award watch list. The players below have all acquitted themselves rather well since Washington's Chris Williams won the honor -- given to the top collegiate golfer taking into account his record in both college and amateur competitions -- last May.

A total of 21 schools have players on the list, with six programs having multiple golfers named: Alabama (4), California (3), Georgia Tech (2), Kent State (2), Oklahoma State (2) and Stanford (2). (In the interest of full disclosure, I am a member of the selection committee for the award and participated in selecting the watch list.)

Fifteen seniors have been recognized, followed by nine juniors, five sophomores and one freshman. Twelve of the 30 are from foreign countries. One non-Division I golfer was included: Claremont-Mudd-Scripps' Bradley Shigezawa.

A list of the 10 semifinalists will be named April 16 and the three finalists will be announced May 7.

The saving grace for those who don't see their name on this initial list? You don't have to be included here to be eligible for the award when it is handed out May 18 in a black-tie banquet at Colonial CC in Fort Worth.

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

Ben Hogan Award Watch List
Name - School, Year
Anders Albertson - Georgia Tech, Jr.
Julien Brun - TCU, Jr.
Sebastian Cappelen - Arkansas, Sr.
Corey Conners - Kent State, Sr.
Ian Davis - Oklahoma State, Sr.
Bryson Dechambeau - SMU, Soph.
Thomas Detry - Illinois, Soph.
Greg Eason - UCF, Sr.
Joey Garber - Georgia, Sr.
Oliver Goss - Tennessee, Soph.
Gavin Green - New Mexico, Jr.
Brandon Hagy - California, Sr.
Toni Hakula - Texas, Sr.
Chase Koepka - USF, Soph.
Denny McCarthy - Virginia, Jr.
Trey Mullinax - Alabama, Sr.
Jordan Niebrugge - Oklahoma State, Soph.
Cheng-Tsung Pan - Washington, Jr.
Taylor Pendrith - Kent State, Sr.
J.T. Poston - Western Carolina, Jr.
Patrick Rodgers - Stanford, Jr.
Ollie Schniederjans - Georgia Tech, Jr.
Robby Shelton - Alabama, Fr.
Bradley Shigezawa - Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Sr.
Joel Stalter - California, Sr.
Scott Vincent - Virginia Tech, Jr.
Michael Weaver - California, Sr.
Cory Whitsett - Alabama, Sr.
Cameron Wilson - Stanford, Sr.
Bobby Wyatt - Alabama, Sr.