March 13, 2015
THE FLATS – Fort Worth, Texas – Georgia Tech’s Ollie Schniederjans is among 24 collegiate golfers named Friday to the watch list for the 2014 Ben Hogan Award.
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.
The Tech senior from Powder Springs, Ga., has enjoyed a fine senior campaign, winning the Carpet Capital Collegiate in the fall for his sixth career victory. He also has posted runner-up finishes at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate and the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational, as well as a third-place finish, a sixth-place finish and a tie for 11th in Tech’s other events.
A finalist for the Hogan Award in 2014, Schniederjans currently has a stroke average of 68.72, which would be a Tech season record if maintained, and a career mark of 70.77 which stands as the second-best in Tech history.
Schniederjans is joined on the list by Jimmy Beck (Kennesaw State), Brian Campbell (Illinois), Charlie Danielson (Illinois), Bryson Dechambeau (SMU), Thomas Detry (Illinois), Matt Gilchrest (Auburn), Gavin Green (New Mexico), Rico Hoey (Southern California), Beau Hossler (Texas), Kyle Jones (Baylor), Jack Maguire (Florida State), Denny McCarthy (Virginia), Lee McCoy (Georgia), Maverick McNealy (Stanford), Cheng-Tsung Pan (Washington), Jon Rahm (Arizona State), Max Rotluff (Arizona State), Xander Schauffele (San Diego State), Robby Shelton (Alabama), Clement Sordet (Texas Tech), Hunter Stewart (Vanderbilt), Scott Vincent (Virginia Tech) and Will Zalatoris (Wake Forest).
The list of 10 semifinalists, which could include individuals not on the current list, will be unveiled on Wednesday, April 15. On Wednesday, May 6, that group will be pared down to three finalists. The winner will be crowned at a black-tie banquet at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, on Monday, May 18, prior to the start of the PGA TOUR’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
Eight of the golfers – Dechambeau, Detry, Green, McCarthy, Pan, Schniederjans, Shelton and Vincent – appear on the watch list for the second straight season. Schniederjans ultimately was a finalist for the 2014 award, while Pan and Dechambeau reached the semifinalist round. Pan, a three-time semifinalist, is the first player ever named to the watch list four times.
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), Chris Williams (Washington, 2013) and Patrick Rodgers (Stanford, 2014).
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 THE CANDIDATES
The Ben Hogan Award Watch List includes 11 seniors, six juniors, six sophomores and one freshman.
The list includes each of the top 10 players in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin individual rankings and 17 are currently ranked among the top 25. It also contains each of the top 10 players and 19 of the top 25 golfers in the most recent Golfstat rankings.
The list includes six of the top 10 golfers and 14 of the top 25 players in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. It also boasts eight of the top 10 golfers and 13 of the top 25 players in the Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking.
A total of 21 universities are represented on the watch list. Only two schools–Illinois (3) and Arizona State (2)–have multiple honorees.
This is the 10th consecutive year that Stanford has had a player named to the watch list, the longest active streak by any school. The next longest active streaks are owned by Alabama (8) and Illinois (6).
The ACC and Pac-12 lead the way among conferences with five watch list members each. Other leagues with multiple members include: SEC (4), Big Ten (3), Big 12 (3) and Mountain West (2).
Seven of the 24 players hail from foreign countries. Belgium, France, Germany, Malaysia, Spain, Taiwan and Zimbabwe are all represented.
Three schools have a member on the watch list for the first time ever (Baylor, Kennesaw State and San Diego State). However, Baylor’s Ryan Baca was a semifinalist in 2006 despite not appearing on the watch list.
Sixteen of the 24 golfers are appearing on the watch list for the first time. Those previously named are: Bryson Dechambeau (2014), Thomas Detry (2014), Gavin Green (2014), Denny McCarthy (2014), Cheng-Tsung Pan (2012, 2013, 2014), Ollie Schniederjans (2014), Robby Shelton (2014) and Scott Vincent (2014).
Georgia Tech’s Ollie Schniederjans is the lone player on the watch list to be a previous finalist for the award (2014).
Washington’s Cheng-Tsung Pan, a three-time award semifinalist, appears on the watch list for the fourth straight season. He is the first player ever named four times.
SMU’s Bryson Dechambeau was a 2014 semifinalist.
Wake Forest’s Will Zalatoris is the lone freshman to make the list.
ABOUT GEORGIA TECH GOLF
Georgia Tech’s golf team is in its 20th year under head coach Bruce Heppler. The Yellow Jackets have won 15 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships, made 27 appearances in the NCAA Championship and been the national runner-up four times. Connect with Georgia Tech Golf on social media by liking their Facebook page, or following on Twitter (@GT_Golf). For more information on Tech golf, visit Ramblinwreck.com.