Georgia Tech senior won the U.S. Amateur title in August
FORT WORTH, Texas – Georgia Tech senior Andy Ogletree has been named the Ben Hogan Award’s August Golfer of the Month, the Hogan Trophy Award Foundation’s Board of Directors announced today.
Ogletree won the 2019 U.S. Amateur championship at Pinehurst after defeating fellow nominee John Augenstein in the 35-hole final by a 2 and 1 score. Ogletree battled back from a 4-hole deficit in the match to become Georgia Tech’s third-ever U.S. Amateur champion, joining Bobby Jones and Matt Kuchar. The native of Little Rock, Miss., tied for 19th place during the stroke play portion of the event.
Ogletree’s performance earned him a spot on the United States Team at this weekend’s 47th Walker Cup at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England. His efforts have vaulted him to No. 13 in the Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking and to No. 41 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.
The other finalists for the August Golfer of the Month were Augenstein, a senior at Vanderbilt, and Ricky Castillo, a Florida freshman. This was the first monthly honor ever awarded by the Hogan Trophy Award Foundation.
Eighteen total ballots are eligible to be cast, with 15 coming from members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors and three social media fan ballots. Those votes are issued to the top vote getter on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. This month, Ogletree received the ballots from the Twitter and Facebook results, while Castillo secured the Instagram vote.
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.