Trio of Hogan Award finalists named
Stanford teammates Patrick Rodgers and Cameron Wilson join Georgia Tech’s Ollie Schniederjans as finalists for the Ben Hogan Award.
All three are among the top 10 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings and World Amateur Golf Ranking.
The award honors the top men’s college golfer, regardless of division, and considers all college and amateur competition in the past 12 months.
A look at the finalists, in alphabetical order:
• Rodgers, a junior from Avon, Ind.: No. 2 in Golfweek rankings, No. 1 in WAGR, five college victories this season, including four of his past five starts, 69.55 stroke average, played on winning U.S. teams in Walker Cup and Palmer Cup in 2013, medalist at 2013 Western Amateur, reached Round of 16 in Western and U.S. amateurs.
• Schniederjans, a junior from Powder Springs, Ga.: No. 3 in Golfweek rankings, No. 4 in WAGR, five college victories this season, including in each of his past three starts, 69.73 stroke average, runner-up in 2013 Dogwood Invitational and top-10s in the Southern, Northeast and Players amateurs.
• Wilson, a senior from Rowayton, Conn.: No. 5 in Golfweek rankings, No. 6 in WAGR, two college victories this season, qualified No. 1 for 2014 Palmer Cup, won 2013 Metropolitan Golf Association’s Ike Championship.
The winner will be announced May 18 at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, the late Hogan’s home club and site of the PGA Tour’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial on May 22-25. The winner receives an exemption into the 2015 Crowne Plaza Invitational.
No golfer from Stanford or Georgia Tech has won the Hogan Award. A Stanford winner would extend the Pac-12 Conference’s streak of Hogan winners to three, after UCLA’s Patrick Cantlay (2012) and Washington’s Chris Williams (2013).