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Texas’ Hossler selected as semifinalist for 2016 Ben Hogan Award

Texas Longhorns standout Beau Hossler hits from the fairway on the 11th hole during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament in June in University Place, Wash.
Texas Longhorns standout Beau Hossler hits from the fairway on the 11th hole during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament in June in University Place, Wash. AP

Texas golfer Beau Hossler, the top-ranked player in this week’s Golfstat and Golfweek collegiate rankings, is one of 10 semifinalists for the 2016 Ben Hogan Award.

The list of semifinalists, announced Wednesday, also includes Arizona State’s Jon Rahm, the 2015 Hogan Award winner, and Stanford’s Maverick McNealy, a 2015 finalist. The Hogan Award is given annually to the top player in college golf as part of tournament week activities at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational in Fort Worth.

Other semifinalists announced Wednesday include Illinois’ Charlie Danielson, Florida’s Sam Horsfield, Auburn’s Michael Johnson, Georgia’s Lee McCoy, South Carolina’s Matt NeSmith, Alabama’s Robby Shelton and Oregon’s Aaron Wise.

McCoy, Shelton and Hossler were semifinalists last year. Shelton, a senior, is a three-time semifinalist (2014, 2015, 2016). Rahm, a senior, seeks to become the first multiple winner in the award’s history.

1 Beau Hossler’s ranking in both sets of weekly collegiate rankings and the Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking. Jon Rahm is No. 1 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.

The list of candidates will be trimmed May 3 to three finalists. The three finalists will take part in a live announcement of the winner during a May 23 reception at Colonial Country Club.

Hossler, a junior, tops both sets of weekly collegiate rankings and also is ranked No. 1 in this week’s Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking. He has the nation’s top adjusted scoring average in college events (69.3).

Rahm, ranked No. 2 in both sets of college rankings, has an adjusted scoring average of 69.69 and tops the latest World Amateur Golf Rankings. Hossler is fourth on that list.

Members of the Hogan Award selection committee are asked to consider a player’s performance over the past 12 months in all collegiate and amateur competitions. The award has been presented in Fort Worth as part of tournament week activities at Colonial since 2002.

Many of those recipients remain active on the 2016 PGA Tour. The list includes defending Colonial champ Chris Kirk, winner of the 2007 Hogan Award.

The winners crowned in Fort Worth are D.J. Trahan (Clemson, 2002); co-winners Ricky Barnes (Arizona, 2003) and Hunter Mahan (Oklahoma State, 2003); Bill Haas (Wake Forest, 2004); Ryan Moore (UNLV, 2005); Matt Every (Florida, 2006); 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); Patrick Rodgers (Stanford, 2014) and Rahm (Arizona State, 2015).

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Hogan Award semifinalists

  • Charlie Danielson, Illinois: Senior, Osceola, Wis.
  • Sam Horsfield, Florida: Freshman, Davenport, Fla.
  • Beau Hossler, Texas: Junior, Mission Viejo, Calif.
  • Michael Johnson, Auburn: Senior, Birmingham, Ala.
  • Lee McCoy, Georgia: Senior, Clarkesville, Ga.
  • Maverick McNealy, Stanford: Junior, Portola Valley, Calif.
  • Matt NeSmith, South Carolina: Senior, North Augusta, S.C.
  • Jon Rahm, Arizona State: Senior, Barrika, Spain
  • Robby Shelton, Alabama: Junior, Wilmer, Ala.
  • Aaron Wise, Oregon: Sophomore, Lake Elsinore, Calif.
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