FORT WORTH, Texas (Dec. 11, 2020) — Mississippi State sophomore Ford Clegg has been voted the Ben Hogan Award November Golfer of the Month, the Ben Hogan Trophy Award Foundation has announced.
Clegg shared first place at the prestigious Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate with a school-record-tying three-round total of 198 (-12). The native of Birmingham, Ala., collected his second career collegiate victory by shooting rounds of 66-63-69. The field consisted of all 14 schools from the Southeastern Conference.
Clegg is currently rated 139th in the Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking and is No. 208 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.
The monthly honor counts any college, amateur or professional event completed during the month. The other November finalists were TCU’s Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira and Jackson Suber of Ole Miss.
Fifteen total ballots were cast, with 12 coming from members of the Hogan Trophy Award Foundation and Friends of Golf and three social media fan ballots. Those votes were issued to the top vote getter on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Clegg won the Facebook and Twitter ballots, while Fernandez de Oliveira earned the Instagram vote. Winning a monthly award is not a prerequisite to be named a Ben Hogan Award semifinalist, finalist or winner.
The Ben Hogan Award is awarded annually to the top men’s college golfer taking into account all collegiate and amateur competitions over the previous 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.
Ben Hogan Award Golfers of the Month
August 2019 – Andy Ogletree, Georgia Tech
September 2019 – Cooper Dossey, Baylor
October 2019 – Chris Gotterup, Rutgers & Peter Kuest, BYU
November 2019 – Parker Gillam, Wake Forest
December 2019 – Noah Norton, Georgia Tech
January 2020 – Sahith Theegala, Pepperdine
February 2020 – Ricky Castillo, Florida
July 2020 – Tyler Strafaci, Georgia Tech
August 2020 – Tyler Strafaci, Georgia Tech
September 2020 – John Pak, Florida State
October 2020 – Kyle Hogan, Texas Tech
November 2020 – Ford Clegg, Mississippi State