Haskins Award Watch List: March 7, 2014

Stanford's Patrick Rodgers

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Not too much movement on the Haskins Award Watch List this week. Only one player – Houston’s Roman Robledo – joins the Watch List after back-to-back victories.

Stanford junior Patrick Rodgers stays on top of the list after a week off with the Cardinal. Rodgers did make headlines by announcing his intention to go pro at the end of the spring season.

Nos. 2-5 stay the same as well, but as one of the best tournaments of the season kicks off Friday – the Southern Highland Collegiate Masters – there may some changes next week. (Follow the live scores from Las Vegas here: Desktop | Mobile)

One player to keep an eye on this week will be Alabama freshman Robby Shelton. The young player has proven week in and week out that he can play with the best of the best, and this week in Las Vegas will be a true test for him.

The Haskins Award, presented by Stifel, is given out annually to the best college player voted on by the players, coaches and media.

Here is Golfweek’s fourth spring edition of the Haskins Award Watch List, which takes a look at some favorites and notables heading into the bulk of the spring season. If a player is not on the list, he can most certainly play his way onto the list during the spring season.

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1. Patrick Rodgers, Stanford junior

Hometown: Avon, Ind.

Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking:

Golfstat Head-to-Head Ranking: 12

Events: 6

Wins: Erin Hills Intercollegiate, The Prestige at PGA West

Top 10s: 4

Top 5s: 2

Worst finish: T-21, OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational

Last finish: Won, The Prestige at PGA West

The skinny: No tournament this week for Rodgers, but he did announce he will turn professional after the spring season with the Cardinal. This gives Rodgers more motivation to win the award this year and gather more wins at Stanford.

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2. Ollie Schniederjans, Georgia Tech junior

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Hometown: Powder Springs, Ga.

Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking:

Golfstat Head-to-Head Ranking: 8

Events: 7

Wins: T-1, Carpet Capital Collegiate, U.S. Collegiate

Top 10s: 5

Top 5s: 4

Worst finish: T-30, The Amer Ari Invitational

Last finish: T-10, Puerto Rico Classic

The skinny: His game seems to be back where it was this fall – arguably the best player in the country – as Schniederjans gathered another top 10 at the Puerto Rico Classic two weeks ago.

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3. Brandon Hagy, California senior

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Hometown: Westlake Village, Calif.

Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 4

Golfstat Head-to-Head Ranking: 3

Events: 7

Wins: Jack Nicklaus Invitational; T-1, Arizona Intercollegiate

Top 10s: 6

Top 5s: 5

Worst finish: T-14, John Burns Intercollegiate

Last finish: T-14, John Burns Intercollegiate

The skinny: No competition for Hagy this week. He has a 495-26-9 overall record and a 31-11-5 against the top 50 in the rankings.

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4. Robby Shelton, Alabama freshman

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Hometown: Wilmer, Ala.

Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 2

Golfstat Head-to-Head Ranking: 2

Events: 6

Wins: T-1, Olympia Fields/Illini Invitational; T-1, Puerto Rico Classic

Top 10s: 4

Top 5s: 3

Worst finish: 14th, Gifford Collegiate

Last finish: T-3, SMU Querencia Cabo Collegiate

The skinny: The freshman continues to impress, and he made the jump to No. 2 in the Golfweek rankings this week after his finish in Cabo. If he plays well at the Southern Highland Collegiate Masters, you will see a jump in his Watch List stock, too.

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5. Trey Mullinax, Alabama senior

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Hometown: Birmingham, Ala.

Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 3

Golfstat Head-to-Head Ranking: 5

Events: 6

Wins: Isleworth Collegiate Invitational

Top 10s: 5

Top 5s: 2

Worst finish: T-38, SMU Querencia Cabo Collegiate

Last finish: T-38, SMU Querencia Cabo Collegiate

The skinny: It was Mullinax’s first finish outside the top-10 this season, and it came with an opening-round 80 in Mexico. Let’s see if he finds his game this week at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters and jumps back to the top of this Watch List.

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6. Ben Crancer, Texas AM sophomore

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Hometown: Kirkwood, Mo.

Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 6

Golfstat Head-to-Head Ranking: 24

Events: 6

Wins: Dick’s Challenge Cup

Top 10s: 4

Top 5s: 2

Worst finish: T-23, U.S. Collegiate Championship

Last finish: T-14, John Burns Intercollegiate

The skinny: Crancer didn’t compete last week after a T-14 at the Johns Burns Intercollegiate, so the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters will be a true test for this rising star.

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7. Roman Robledo, Houston, Junior

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Hometown: Harlingen, Texas

Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 19

Golfstat Head-to-Head Ranking: 22

Events: 5

Wins: Bayou City Collegiate Championship; SMU Querencia Cabo Collegiate

Top 10s: 3

Top 5s: 2

Worst finish: T-24, Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic

Last finish: Win, SMU Querencia Cabo Collegiate

The skinny: The junior makes the Watch List for the first time this season with victories in back-to-back weeks. His scoring average for the last two tournaments was a 68.68.

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8. Gavin Green, New Mexico junior

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Hometown: Malaysia

Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 26

Golfstat Head-to-Head Ranking: 40

Events: 8

Wins: T-1, William H. Tucker Championship; Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic

Top 10s: 4

Top 5s: 3

Worst finish: T-31, John Burns Intercollegiate

Last finish: T-31, John Burns Intercollegiate

The skinny: Green had his worst two finishes in the first two starts of the spring. He still has played the most events out of everyone on the list and is without a doubt still the unquestioned leader on the course for the Lobos. Let’s see if he can regain his form from the fall in weeks to come.

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9. Joey Garber, Georgia senior

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Hometown: Petoskey, Mich.

Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 1

Golfstat Head-to-Head Ranking: 1

Events: 5

Wins: Invitational at Ocean Course

Top 10s: 4

Top 5s: 4

Worst finish: T-19, Brickyard Collegiate Championship

Last finish: T-3, Puerto Rico Classic

The skinny: A strong spring start for the senior at the Puerto Rico Classic, leading the Bulldogs to a third-place finish. Garber holds a 69.0 stroke average over the final two rounds of his last five college golf tournaments. With Mullinax’s poor finish in Cabo, Garber is the new No. 1 in the Golfweek rankings.

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10. Greg Eason, Central Florida, senior

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Hometown: England

Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 14

Golfstat Head-to-Head Ranking: 10

Events: 6

Wins: John Hayt Collegiate Invitational

Top 10s: 5

Top 5s: 4

Worst finish: T-18, Shoal Creek Intercollegiate

Last finish: Won, John Hayt Collegiate Invitational

The skinny: Eason’s last victory came at the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational two weeks ago. Eason's strength of schedule is No. 241, but has a 426-41-5 overall record.

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Others in contention

Since the spring season is in full swing and more players are gathering wins and top finishes, here are some other notables that could get on the list at any time (in alphabetical order):

• Julien Brun (TCU)

• Wyndham Clark (Oklahoma State)

• Chase Koepka (South Florida)

• J.T. Poston (Western Carolina)

• Joel Stalter (California)

• Scott Vincent (Virginia Tech)

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