The Ben Hogan Award is given annually to the top men’s college golfer taking into account all collegiate and amateur competitions over the past 12 months. The selection committee is made up of 30 leaders and experts in amateur, college and professional golf. In addition, all past Hogan Award winners are eligible to vote in the final round. In order to determine the winner, each ballot cast ranked the group of three finalists, which included Hovland, California senior Collin Morikawa and Oklahoma State sophomore Matthew Wolff.
He joins Hunter Mahan (2003), Rickie Fowler (2008) and Peter Uihlein (2011) as Oklahoma State players to win the prestigious award.
Hovland also becomes the second European to win the award along with Spaniard Jon Rahm (2015, 2016).
He will receive an invitation to compete in the 2020 Charles Schwab Challenge as the recipient.
Sycamore Creek Golf will close for a $6.5 million water project. The parks department has recommended it reopen as a park instead, siting declining use. Golf at the the course costs taxpayers $239,000 last year