Feb. 5, 2014
Fort Worth, Texas – Georgia Tech’s Anders Albertson and Ollie Schniederjans have both been named to the initial watch list for the Ben Hogan Award, given annually to the nation’s top collegiate golfer.
Colonial Country Club, The Friends of Golf (FOG) and the Golf Coaches Association of America announced a list of 30 collegiate golfers to watch on Wednesday. The list is the largest since 33 players were named in 2004.
The most prestigious award in men’s college golf, The Ben Hogan 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 the past 12-month period. The Ben Hogan Award Selection Committee, which votes during each stage of the process, is comprised of leaders in professional, amateur and collegiate golf.
Schniederjans, a junior from Powder Springs, Ga., who was a third-team All-American last spring, won twice for the Yellow Jackets in four fall events, finished second once and third once. He finished the fall ranked No. 2 in the Golfstat rankings and No. 5 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Index, and posted a 69.67 stroke average. He is also No. 1 currently in the points standings for the Palmer Cup.
Albertson, a junior from Woodstock, Ga., posted three top-5 finishes in five fall events and a 70.53 stroke average. Also a third-team All-American last spring, Albertson finished the fall ranked No. 20 in Golfstat and No. 24 in the Golfweek/Sagarin ratings.
The duo led the Yellow Jackets to two fall victories and two runner-up finishes, and leads Tech into its spring opener this weekend at the Amer Ari Invitational on the Big Island of Hawai’i.
The 2014 The Ben Hogan Award Watch List, as determined by the award’s subcommittee, also includes: Julien Brun (TCU), Sebastian Cappelen (Arkansas), Corey Conners (Kent State), Ian Davis (Oklahoma State), Bryson Dechambeau (SMU), Thomas Detry (Illinois), Greg Eason (UCF), Joey Garber (Georgia), Oliver Goss (Tennessee), Gavin Green (New Mexico), Brandon Hagy (California), Toni Hakula (Texas), Chase Koepka (USF), Denny McCarthy (Virginia), Trey Mullinax (Alabama), Jordan Niebrugge (Oklahoma State), Cheng-Tsung Pan (Washington), Taylor Pendrith (Kent State), J.T. Poston (Western Carolina), Patrick Rodgers (Stanford), Robby Shelton (Alabama), Bradley Shigezawa (Claremont-Mudd-Scripps), Joel Stalter (California), Scott Vincent (Virginia Tech), Michael Weaver (California), Cory Whitsett (Alabama), Cameron Wilson (Stanford) and Bobby Wyatt (Alabama).
Eight of the golfers have previously been named to the Watch List: Brun, Conners, Hagy, Pan, Rodgers, Weaver, Whitsett and Wyatt. Brun (2013) and Rodgers (2012) have been finalists for the award.
A list of 10 semifinalists, which could include individuals not on the current list, will be unveiled on Wednesday, April 16. On Wednesday, May 7, that group will be pared down to three finalists. The winner will be crowned at a black-tie banquet at Colonial Country Club on Sunday, May 18, prior to the start of the PGA TOUR’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
The award, which was first issued in 1990 and also included academic achievement in its original list of standards, revised its criteria for the 2001-02 collegiate season to its current standard of honoring the outstanding amateur collegiate golfer.
Since that time, the winners have been: D.J. Trahan (Clemson, 2002), Ricky Barnes (Arizona, 2003), Hunter Mahan (Oklahoma State, 2003), Bill Haas (Wake Forest, 2004), Ryan Moore (UNLV, 2005), Matt Every (Florida, 2006), Chris Kirk (Georgia, 2007), Rickie Fowler (Oklahoma State, 2008), Kyle Stanley (Clemson, 2009), Nick Taylor (Washington, 2010), Peter Uihlein (Oklahoma State, 2011), Patrick Cantlay (UCLA, 2012) and Chris Williams (Washington, 2013).
To find the latest information on The Ben Hogan Award, its candidates and its previous winners, visit TheBenHoganAward.org and follow @BenHoganAward on Twitter.
About Georgia Tech Golf
Georgia Tech’s golf team is in its 19th year under head coach Bruce Heppler. The Yellow Jackets have won 14 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships, made 26 appearances in the NCAA Championship and been the national runner-up four times.