FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 7, 2019) – The Ben Hogan Trophy Award Foundation has announced that Christopher Gotterup of Rutgers, BYU’s Peter Kuest and Jack Trent of UNLV are the three finalists for the Ben Hogan Award October Golfer of the Month honor.
Gotterup, a junior from Little Silver, N.J., carried a 67.33 scoring average with two top-5 finishes in his two events last month. His play was highlighted by an eight-shot win at the Fighting Irish Classic when he fired a 14-under par score of 199. Gotterup also tied for fifth place at the Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational with a 54-hole score of 205 (-11).
Kuest, a senior from Fresno, Calif., had one victory, a 68.56 stroke average and three top-10 finishes in three events. He shared medalist honors at the Nick Watney Invitational after shooting a three-round score of 200 (-13). In addition, Kuest tied for fourth at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate (204, -6) and was 10th at the Visit Stockton Pacific Invite (213, -3).
Trent made his mark at the PGA TOUR’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, tying for 29th place with a four-round sum of 270 (-14). The native of Sunshine Coast, Australia, was making his PGA TOUR debut and was the only amateur to make the cut. In his lone college event, the junior tied for seventh at the Tavistock Collegiate Invitational with a score of 212 (-4).
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.
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.
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.