College golf’s spring season is well underway, and the Haskins Award watch list is heating up.
The Haskins Award presented by Stifel is given annually to the best college player voted on by the players, coaches and media, and is extremely important to the players. Winning the Haskins Award puts players on the same list as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Luke Donald, Graeme McDowell and Hunter Mahan, to name a few.
Here is Cassie Stein’s first spring edition of the Haskins Award Watch List, which takes a look at some favorites heading into the spring season. If a player is not on the list, he can play his way onto it during the spring season.
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Maverick McNealy, Stanford sophomore
Hometown: Portola Valley, Calif.
Golfweek rank: No. 3
2014-15 finishes: T-20, Querencia Cabo Collegiate; Won, The Prestige at PGA West; Second, The Amer Ari Invitational; T-21, Gifford Collegiate; 13th, U.S. Collegiate; Third, Nike Golf Collegiate, T-1, Fighting Illini Invitational; Won, Southwestern Intercollegiate
The skinny: Adding another victory to his resume has helped McNealy move up the Haskins Award Watch List. His record against the top 25 is 26-13-1.
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Cheng-Tsung Pan, Washington senior
Golfweek rank: No. 1
2014-15 finishes: Won, Querencia Cabo Intercollegiate; T-21, The Prestige at PGA West; Won, The Amer Ari Invitational; T-3, U.S. Collegiate; Second, Nike Golf Collegiate
The skinny: Pan proved himself as the No. 1 player in the rankings with a victory in an elite field at the Amer Ari and the Cabo Intercollegiate. His consistent finishes will help as the season progresses.
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Max Rottluff, Arizona State junior
Golfweek rank: No. 16
Finishes: T-4, The Prestige at PGA West; T-8 Amer Ari Invitational; Won, Arizona Intercollegiate; T-19, Warrior Princeville Makai; T-7, Bill Cullum Invite; Won, Alister MacKenzie Invite; Sixth, Itani Quality Homes
The skinny: He may be a bit under the radar as fellow Sun Devil Jon Rahm has had a lot of press this spring, but Rottluff is creating his own storybook season. He has an overall record this season of 549-40-9.
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Thomas Detry, Illinois junior
Golfweek rank: No. 6
2014-15 finishes: Won, Louisiana Classics; T-40, Tavistock Collegiate Invitational; Won, Sagamore Fall Preview; T-4, Wolf Run Intercollegiate
The skinny: Illinois’ top-ranked player according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings. He has stout finishes this year as he has won half the events he has played in.
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Hunter Stewart, Vanderbilt senior
Hometown: Lexington, Ky.
Golfweek rank: No. 5
2014-15 finishes: Seventh, Querencia Cabo Intercollegiate; T-8, SunTrust Gator Invitational; Won, Tavistock Collegiate Invitational; T-11, Nike Golf Collegiate; T-7, Dick’s Sporting Goods Collegiate Challenge Cup; Won, Carmel Cup
The skinny: He has quietly recorded top-10 finishes all season long while earning a 69.72 scoring average through six events. Even though he’s in his last season with the Commodores, it could be his breakthrough season.
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Zach Seabolt, Winthrop sophomore
Hometown: Raleigh, N.C.
Golfweek rank: No. 17
2014-15 finishes: Won, Jones Invitational; T-31, Sea Best Invitational; Fourth, Wendy’s Kiawah Classic; T-8, David Toms Intercollegiate; Won, Rees Jones Collegiate; Won, Northern Intercollegiate
The skinny: Seabolt added another victory to his resume and he now has three victories in six starts. He is becoming a true contender for this year’s award, but his strength of schedule (561st) may hurt the sophomore.
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Ollie Schniederjans, Georgia Tech senior
Hometown: Powder Springs, Ga.
Golfweek rank: No. 2
2014-15 finishes: T-11, Puerto Rico Classic; T-2, Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational; T-6, U.S. Collegiate; T-2, Jerry Pate Intercollegiate; Third, Dick’s Sporting Good Collegiate Challenge Cup; Won, Carpet Capital Collegiate
The skinny: For the first time all season, Schniederjans failed to crack the top 10, though he wasn’t far out. He hasn’t won since Georgia Tech’s season opener and that will need to change if he wants to contend for this award.
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Ben Griffin, North Carolina freshman
Hometown: Chapel Hill, N.C.
Golfweek rank: No. 24
2014-15 finishes: T-19, Puerto Rico Classic; T-7, Sea Best Invitational; Won, Bridgestone Golf Collegiate; T-8, Rod Meyers Invitational; T-10, Primland Collegiate Invitational; Won, Tar Heel Invitational; T-23, Carpet Capital Collegiate
The skinny: Two victories boosted his confidence and resume on this watch list. He is currently the only freshman on this list.
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Lee McCoy, Georgia junior
Hometown: Clarkesville, Ga.
Golfweek rank: No. 4
2014-15 finishes: T-4, Puerto Rico Classic; T-5, Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic; Won, Dick’s Sporting Goods Collegiate Challenge Cup; Second, Carmel Cup
The skinny: Only top-5 finishes for this top-5 player. He’s only played four events, and has recorded a win while boasting a 69.25 scoring average.
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Gavin Green, New Mexico senior
Golfweek rank: No. 13
2014-15 finishes: Fifth, National Invitational Tournament; T-17, John Burns Intercollegiate; T-3, Arizona Intercollegiate; Won, Western Refining All-America Golf Classic; T-16, Royal Oaks Intercollegiate; T-9, Tavistock Collegiate Invitational; Won, William H. Tucker Intercollegiate; Third, Husky Invitational; Second, Gopher Invitational
The skinny: Seemingly still under the radar in college golf, even though he’s racked up two victories this season. Green has proved he has the game to win almost anywhere.
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OTHERS TO WATCH: Beau Hossler, Texas sophomore (No. 34) Kyle Jones, Baylor senior (No. 14), Jon Rahm, Arizona State junior (No. 15), Robby Shelton, Alabama sophomore (No. 7), Will Zalatoris, Wake Forest freshman (No. 10)