FORT WORTH, Texas (March 19, 2021) — Texas Tech sophomore Ludvig Aberg’s stellar play in a pair of top-flight tournaments has earned him Ben Hogan Award February Golfer of the Month honors, the Ben Hogan Trophy Award Foundation has announced.
Aberg, a sophomore from Eslov, Sweden, won both tournaments he participated in during the month. He began by taking the trophy at one of the nation’s most prestigious amateur events, the Jones Cup Invitational, by one shot with a 2-under 214. Aberg added another victory by sharing first place in a 120-player field at the Prestige at PGA West with a 209 (-4).
Overall, the No. 2-ranked player in the Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking (SPWAR) and fifth-ranked in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) carried a 70.50 stroke average for the month.
He is the second Red Raider to win the honor this year, joining Kyle Hogan (October 2020). In addition, he is the second straight Sweden native to claim the accolade, following Florida State’s Vincent Norrman.
The monthly honor counts any college, amateur or professional event completed during the month. The other February finalists were Colorado State’s AJ Ott and Arizona State’s David Puig.
Fifteen total ballots were cast, with 12 coming from members of the Hogan Trophy Award Foundation and Friends of Golf as well as three social media fan ballots. Those votes were issued to the top vote getter on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Aberg won the Facebook ballot, while Ott earned the Instagram and Twitter votes. 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
December 2020 – Will Holcomb, Sam Houston State
January 2021 – Vincent Norrman, Florida State
February 2021 – Ludvig Aberg, Texas Tech