2016 PNGA Player of the Year Jared du Toit is semifinalist for Ben Hogan Award
Colonial Country Club, Friends of Golf (FOG) and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) have announced that nine first-time semifinalists are among the 10 players in contention for the 2017 Ben Hogan Award presented by Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.
Included as one of the semifinalists is Jared du Toit of Kimberley, B.C., who was named the 2016 PNGA Men’s Player of the Year.
The semifinalists, in alphabetical order, are: Sam Burns (LSU, So.), Wyndham Clark (Oregon, Sr.), Sean Crocker (Southern California, Jr.), Jared du Toit (Arizona State, Sr.), Nick Hardy (Illinois, Jr.), Maverick McNealy (Stanford, Sr.), Dylan Meyer (Illinois, Jr.), Collin Morikawa (California, So.), Matthias Schwab (Vanderbilt, Sr.) and Will Zalatoris (Wake Forest, Jr.). McNealy, a two-time award finalist (2015, 2016), is the lone player ever to previously appear as a semifinalist.
Each semifinalist’s school will once again receive a scholarship grant for its men’s golf program. Since 2002, more than $500,000 in scholarships has been awarded to more than two dozen schools.
The Ben Hogan Award is issued annually to the top men’s NCAA Division I, II or III, NAIA or NJCAA college golfer taking into account all collegiate and amateur competitions during the past 12-month period. The award’s selection committee, which votes during each stage of the process, is comprised of 24 leaders and experts in professional, amateur and collegiate golf.
On Wednesday, May 3, the group will be pared down to three finalists. The three finalists will then travel to Fort Worth, Texas, to attend a black-tie banquet where the winner will be crowned at Colonial Country Club on Monday, May 22, prior to the start of the PGA TOUR’s Dean & DeLuca Invitational.
The Ben Hogan Trophy was first issued in 1990 at Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles and included academic achievement in its original list of standards. In 2002, the Ben Hogan Award began honoring the outstanding amateur collegiate golfer at Colonial Country Club.
Past winners of the Ben Hogan Award include D.J. Trahan (Clemson, 2002), Ricky Barnes (Arizona, 2003), Hunter Mahan (Oklahoma State, 2003), Bill Haas (Wake Forest, 2004), Ryan Moore (UNLV, 2005), Matt Every (Florida, 2006), Chris Kirk (Georgia, 2007), Rickie Fowler (Oklahoma State, 2008), Kyle Stanley (Clemson, 2009), Nick Taylor (Washington, 2010), Peter Uihlein (Oklahoma State, 2011), Patrick Cantlay (UCLA, 2012), Chris Williams (Washington, 2013), Patrick Rodgers (Stanford, 2014) and Jon Rahm (Arizona State, 2015 and 2016).
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- The Ben Hogan Award semifinalist group includes four seniors, four juniors and two sophomores.
- Four conferences are represented on the semifinalist list, led by the Pac-12 with five players. The other leagues include the SEC (2), Big Ten (2) and ACC (1).
- The Pac-12 has had the most semifinalists of any league in five of the last six years (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017).
- With the inclusion of Nick Hardy and Dylan Meyer, Illinois has multiple honorees. The Illini are the first team with two semifinalists since 2014, when both Stanford (Patrick Rodgers and Cameron Wilson) and Alabama (Robby Shelton and Bobby Wyatt) had two apiece.
- This is the eighth straight year that Stanford has a semifinalist, which is the longest active streak by any school. Arizona State (3), Illinois (2) and Oregon (2) also have active streaks.
- Three universities with 2017 semifinalists are home to previous Ben Hogan Award winners. The schools include: Arizona State (Jon Rahm), Stanford (Patrick Rodgers) and Wake Forest (Bill Haas).
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