Stanford Maverick McNealy has never won the Ben Hogan Award, though he was a finalist in 2015 and ’16. This year, he’s on the watch list for a third straight season.
The Ben Hogan Award presented by Konica Minolta is given annually to the top men’s college golfer taking into account all collegiate and amateur competition during the last 12 months. The Ben Hogan Award Selection Committee, which votes during each stage of the process, is comprised of leaders in amateur, collegiate and professional golf.
McNealy is one of three golfers on this year’s watch list who have made the watch list in each of the past three seasons: USC senior Rico Hoey and Wake Forest junior Will Zalatoris are the others.
Here is the full 2017 watch list, with players listed in order of Golfweek/Sagarin rank:
- 1. Maverick McNealy (Stanford)
- 2. Wyndham Clark (Oregon)
- 3. Sam Burns (LSU)
- 5. Nick Hardy (Illinois)
- 6. Doug Ghim (Texas)
- 7. Matthias Schwab (Vanderbilt)
- 8. Sean Crocker (USC)
- 9. Will Zalatoris (Wake Forest)
- 10. Jimmy Stanger (Virginia)
- 11. Braden Thornberry (Ole Miss)
- 12. Rico Hoey (USC)
- 13. Scottie Scheffler (Texas)
- 14. Greyson Sigg (Georgia)
- 15. Alejandro Tosti (Florida)
- 16. Chandler Phillips (Texas A&M)
- 19. John Oda (UNLV)
- 20. Patrick Martin (Vanderbilt)
- 21. Will Long (Auburn)
- 22. Jorge Garcia (Florida)
- 23. Doc Redman (Clemson)
- 25. Jared du Toit (Arizona State)
- 27. Dylan Meyer (Illinois)
- 36. Collin Morikawa (California)
- 46. Sam Stevens (Oklahoma State)
- 66. Viktor Hovland (Oklahoma State)
- 113. Sam Horsfield (Florida)
- 130. Gavin Hall (Texas)
- 139. Cameron Champ (Texas A&M)
Notable not making the watch list include: Texas Tech’s Fredrik Nilehn, Baylor’s Braden Bailey, South Carolina’s Scott Stevens, Florida State’s Cristobal del Solar, and Oklahoma’s Blaine Hale and Brad Dalke, who is No. 147 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings but did finish runner-up at the U.S. Amateur.
The list of 10 semifinalists, which could include individuals not on the watch list, will be unveiled on April 12. On May 3, that group will be pared down to three finalists. The finalists will attend a black-tie banquet May 22 at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, where the winner will be crowned.
Former Arizona State star Jon Rahm won the Hogan Award in 2015 and ’16.