UNM's Green Named Ben Hogan Award Semifinalist
FORT WORTH, Texas – University of New Mexico senior golfer Gavin Green on Wednesday was named a semifinalist for The Ben Hogan Award, the most prestigious award in college men’s golf.
Green holds the UNM school record for most individual titles during his career with eight, including three wins in 2014-15. He is currently ranked the No. 8 collegiate men’s golfer in the country, according to golfstat.com No. 9 on the Golfweek.com/Sagarin poll and No. 9 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.
The senior from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia also has been part of 12 team victories during his Lobo career, including three wins this season.
Green’s current stroke average of 70.19 in 12 events this year ranks second in school history, only behind Spencer Levin’s average of 69.98 in 2004-05. Levin is the only other Lobo to earn consideration for The Ben Hogan Award; he was a finalist in 2014-15.
Colonial Country Club, Friends of Golf and the Golf Coaches Association of America have announced that five seniors, two juniors and three sophomores comprise the 10 semifinalists for The Ben Hogan Award.
In alphabetical order, the other semifinalists are: Beau Hossler (Texas), Kyle Jones (Baylor), Lee McCoy (Georgia), Maverick McNealy (Stanford), Cheng-Tsung Pan (Washington), Jon Rahm (Arizona State), Ollie Schniederjans (Georgia Tech), Robby Shelton (Alabama) and Hunter Stewart (Vanderbilt).
This is the first time since 2005 that 10 different schools are represented on the semifinalist list. Pan, Schniederjans and Shelton are semifinalists for the second straight year, and Pan is the first golfer ever to be a four-time semifinalist.
The Ben Hogan Award is presented 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 12-month period dating from the previous award’s banquet. The Ben Hogan Award Selection Committee is made up of 25 leaders and experts in amateur, college and professional golf.
On May 6, the list of 10 semifinalists will be pared down to three finalists. The three finalists will attend a black-tie banquet at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, on May 18, where the winner will be crowned.
The award, which was first issued in 1990 and included academic achievement in its original list of standards, revised its criteria for the 2001-02 collegiate season to its current standard of honoring the outstanding amateur collegiate golfer prior to the start of the PGA TOUR’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
Since that time, the winners have been: 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) and Patrick Rodgers (Stanford, 2014).
Notable semifinalists over the years include: Jonas Blixt (Florida State), Bud Cauley (Alabama), Kevin Chappell (UCLA), Harris English (Georgia), Ches¬son Hadley (Georgia Tech), Brian Harman (Georgia), Russell Henley (Georgia), Dustin Johnson (Coastal Carolina), Anthony Kim (Oklahoma), Scott Langley (Illinois), Spencer Levin (New Mexico), Webb Simpson (Wake Forest), Jordan Spieth (Texas), Michael Thompson (Alabama), Camilo Villegas (Florida) and Nick Watney (Fresno State).