Alabama sophomore Bud Cauley, Georgia junior Russell Henley and Washington senior Nick Taylor were named finalists for the Ben Hogan award, the GCAA announced Monday.
The 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 a 12-month period.
The winner will be announced May 24 at Colonial Country Club as part of the Ben Hogan Award banquet. The festivities will be streamed live on Golfweek.com starting at 8 p.m. EDT.
Cauley, of Jacksonville, Fla., was named first-team All-SEC for the second time. He won the Players Amateur and posted top-10 finishes at the Northeast Amateur, Dixie Amateur and Master of the Amateurs. He advanced to the semifinals of the Western Amateur and competed in both the Walker Cup and Palmer Cup last summer. This season at Alabama, Cauley won the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational and the Linger Longer. He has posted four additional top-10 showings.
Henley, who tied for ninth at the 2009 NCAA Championship, was named SEC Player of the Year after winning three events this season – the Brickyard Collegiate Championship, Wendy’s Charleston Shootout and SEC Championship – and posting four other top 10s. He won the Georgia State Amateur, finished second at the Dogwood Invitational and recently tied for 34th at the Nationwide Tour’s Athens Stadion Classic. Henley will represent the United States at this summer’s Palmer Cup at Royal Portrush.
Taylor, a native of Abbotsford, B.C., was named Pac-10 Co-Golfer of the Year for the second straight season. After tying for ninth at last year’s NCAA Championships, he was low amateur at the U.S. Open. Taylor won the Sahalee Players Championship and earned medalist honors at the U.S Amateur Public Links before advancing to the championship match. He also finished in the top 10 at the Canadian Amateur and Copa de las Americas before tying for 34th at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational. He has placed in the top 10 in nine of the 11 events he has competed in this season.