FORT WORTH, Texas (Dec. 3, 2019) – The Ben Hogan Trophy Award Foundation has announced that Ludvig Aberg of Texas Tech, Wake Forest’s Parker Gillam and Trent Phillips of Georgia are the three finalists for the Ben Hogan Award November Golfer of the Month honor.
Aberg, a freshman, posted a wire-to-wire win at the Sun Bowl Marathon All-America Golf Classic. The native of Eslov, Sweden, opened with a round of 62 and finished the 54-hole event with a 13-under score of 200 to win by four shots. The field was comprised of 34 of the nation’s top collegiate golfers, making it the largest in the tournament’s 45-year history.
Gillam, a junior from Cary, N.C., claimed the White Sands Intercollegiate by three shots with a 17-under-par score of 199 (60-73-66). During his victory, he tied an NCAA record with a round of 60, becoming the 14th college golfer ever to post that score in competition. Gillam’s 60 also broke the all-time school record for both single-round scoring and score relation to par (-12).
Phillips, a sophomore, won the Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic with a school-record 20-under score of 193 over three rounds. After tying for the title, the product of Inman, S.C., claimed the outright individual victory on the seventh hole of the sudden death playoff. Later in the month, Phillips shared fifth place at the Sun Bowl Marathon All-America Golf Classic with a 7-under score of 206.
The November Golfer of the Month will be announced on Friday. Eighteen total ballots are eligible to be cast, with 15 coming from members of the Hogan Trophy Foundation and Friends of Golf and three social media fan ballots. Those votes are issued to the top vote getter on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, with the contests running from Tuesday through Thursday night.
In line with the yearly Ben Hogan Award, voters consider all college, amateur and professional event results. Winning a monthly award is not a prerequisite to be named a Ben Hogan Award semifinalist, finalist or winner. Past winners include: Georgia Tech’s Andy Ogletree (August), Baylor’s Cooper Dossey (September), Rutgers’ Chris Gotterup (October) and BYU’s Peter Kuest (October).
The Ben Hogan Award is given each May to the top men’s college golfer taking into account all collegiate and amateur competitions over the past 12 months. The Ben Hogan Trophy was first issued by the Friends of Golf at Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles in 1990. In 2002, the Ben Hogan Award moved to Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, and revised its criteria to its current standard of honoring the outstanding amateur and collegiate golfer.