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Ben Hogan Award names 10 semifinalists, including low amateur at this year’s Masters

The 10 semifinalists for Ben Hogan Award were announced Wednesday.
The 10 semifinalists for Ben Hogan Award were announced Wednesday. Special to DFW.com

PGA Tour stars Jon Rahm and Rickie Fowler are among the more notable winners of the Ben Hogan Award in recent years.

Another winner is on the horizon with 10 semifinalists for the 2019 award being named Wednesday by the Hogan Trophy Award Foundation, Friends of Golf and the Golf Coaches Association of America.

The 10 contenders, in alphabetical order: Vanderbilt senior Will Gordon; Texas freshman Cole Hammer; Oklahoma State junior Viktor Hovland; California senior Collin Morikawa; Clemson senior Bryson Nimmer; Duke senior Alex Smalley; Southern California senior Justin Suh; Oklahoma State sophomore Matthew Wolff; Stanford senior Brandon Wu; and Arizona State junior Chun An Yu.

Arizona State golfer Jon Rahm became the first two-time winner of the Ben Hogan Award, given annually to the nation's top college golfer, in a Monday night ceremony at Colonial Country Club.

Hovland may be the most recognizable to golf fans, as he became the first Norwegian and earned low amateur honors at the Masters last week. Hammer, meanwhile, qualified for the U.S. Open in 2015 as a 15-year-old, and Morikawa was a finalist for the Ben Hogan Award last year.

The group will be pared down to three finalists on May 2, and the winner will be announced at a black-tie banquet at Colonial Country Club on May 20 before the PGA Tour’s Charles Schwab Challenge.

The winner of the 2019 Ben Hogan Award receives an exemption into the 2020 Charles Schwab Challenge.

Texas’ Doug Ghim won the award last season and will make his Colonial debut next month. He was the low amateur in the 2018 Masters. Previous winners include Rahm (2015-16), Patrick Cantlay (2012), Fowler (2008) and 2015 Colonial champion Chris Kirk (2007).

The selection committee is composed of 30 leaders and experts in professional, amateur and collegiate golf. Since 2002, the Hogan Trophy Award Foundation has awarded more than $700,000 in scholarships to more than 30 universities.

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