27 players make Ben Hogan Award watch list

January 30, 2013

__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

Chris Williams, Washington**

Bobby Wyatt, Alabama

** Made 2012 Hogan Award semifinalists