FORT WORTH, Texas (Jan. 8, 2021) — The Ben Hogan Trophy Award Foundation has announced that Sam Houston State senior Will Holcomb has been voted the Ben Hogan Award December Golfer of the Month.
Holcomb was the stroke play medalist at the highly-rated Maridoe Amateur with a 54-hole sum of 218 (+2). The native of Crockett, Texas, won medalist honors by three shots in the 96-player field before picking up three match play wins to advance to the event’s quarterfinals. In addition, Holcomb tied for 51st at the South Beach International with a 72-hole score of 284 (E).
Holcomb is currently rated 17th in the Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking and is No. 73 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. He was a semifinalist at the 2019 U.S. Amateur.
The Ben Hogan Award’s monthly honor counts any college, amateur or professional event completed during the month. The other December finalists were Texas’ Cole Hammer and Auburn’s Graysen Huff.
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. Holcomb swept all three social media votes.
The Ben Hogan Award is given 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. Winning a monthly award is not a prerequisite to be named a Ben Hogan Award semifinalist, finalist or winner.
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
December 2020 – Will Holcomb, Sam Houston State