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Hogan Award watch list

February 20, 2008

The Golf Coaches Association of America officially announced the watch list for the 2008 Ben Hogan Award presented by Chesapeake Energy. The Hogan is presented annually to the top men's NCAA Division I, II or III, NAIA or junior college golfer taking into account all collegiate and amateur competitions during the last 12 months.

Like I said last week, not big surprises here. Had Jhared Hack not decided to leave Central Florida after the fall semester, the list would have had 25 players.

All this said, one name that might not be so familiar is Sonoma State's Jarin Todd. The junior was the Division II player of the year last season and had two wins, two runner-ups and a seventh-place finish in five starts last fall.

The Hogan Award semifinalists will be announced April 16. Three finalists, named May 7, will be invited to Colonial CC in Fort Worth, Texas, for the Hogan Award presentation the evening of May 18. The 1964 U.S. Open winner and former CBS golf analyst Ken Venturi will be the keynote speaker.

Ben Hogan Award Watch List

Jonas Blixt, Florida State

Ryan Brehm, Michigan State

Jonas Enander Hedin, Charlotte

Harris English, Georgia

Derek Fathauer, Louisville

Rickie Fowler, Oklahoma State

Rob Grube, Stanford

Chesson Hadley, Georgia Tech

Seung-su Han, UNLV

Brian Harman, Georgia

Mark Harrell, Alabama

Billy Horschel, Florida

Lucas Lee, UCLA

Jamie Lovemark, Southern California

Clayton Rask, Minnesota

Webb Simpson, Wake Forest

Joel Sjoholm, Georgia State

Kyle Stanley, Clemson

Michael Thompson, Alabama

Jarin Todd, Sonoma State

Cameron Tringale, Georgia Tech

Drew Weaver, Virginia Tech

Stefan Wiedergruen, Charlotte