ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – University of New Mexico junior men’s golfer Gavin Green is one 30 candidates chosen for the 2014 The Ben Hogan Award Watch List, the Colonial Country Club, The Friends of Golf and the Golf Coaches Association of America have announced.
Green currently is ranked No. 18 in the latest Golfweek.com/Sagarin collegiate poll with a 69.17 rating. He won the Sun Bowl Western Refining Collegiate All-America golf tournament in November and beat teammate Andrej Bevins in a playoff for the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate championship in September.
He has a 70.62-stroke average in seven tournaments this season as the No. 15 Lobos get ready to travel to Hawai‘i for the John Burns Intercollegiate from Feb. 19-21.
The most prestigious award in men’s college golf, 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 past 12-month period. The Ben Hogan Award Selection Committee, which votes during each stage of the process, is comprised of leaders in professional, amateur and collegiate golf.
A list of 10 semifinalists, which could include individuals not on the current list, will be unveiled on April 16. On May 7, that group will be pared down to three finalists. The winner will be crowned at a black-tie banquet at Colonial Country Club on May 18, prior to the start of the PGA TOUR’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
The list of 30 players includes:
Anders Albertson (Georgia Tech), Julien Brun (TCU), Sebastian Cappelen (Arkansas), Corey Conners (Kent State), Ian Davis (Oklahoma State), Bryson Dechambeau (SMU), Thomas Detry (Illinois), Greg Eason (UCF), Joey Garber (Georgia), Oliver Goss (Tennessee), Gavin Green (New Mexico), Brandon Hagy (California), Toni Hakula (Texas), Chase Koepka (USF), Denny McCarthy (Virginia), Trey Mullinax (Alabama), Jordan Niebrugge (Oklahoma State), Cheng-Tsung Pan (Washington), Taylor Pendrith (Kent State), J.T. Poston (Western Carolina), Patrick Rodgers (Stanford), Ollie Schniederjans (Georgia Tech), Robby Shelton (Alabama), Bradley Shigezawa (Claremont-Mudd-Scripps), Joel Stalter (California), Scott Vincent (Virginia Tech), Michael Weaver (California), Cory Whitsett (Alabama), Cameron Wilson (Stanford) and Bobby Wyatt (Alabama).