FORT WORTH, Texas — The Ben Hogan Trophy Award Foundation and the Friends of Golf (FOG) will announce the recipient of the 2020 Ben Hogan Award presented by Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) on Tuesday evening during the Ben Hogan Award Presentation Special.
The show, hosted by Brian Estridge, is set for 7 p.m. (CT) and will be streamed live on www.thebenhoganaward.org, www.friendsofgolf.org and on the award’s Facebook page www.Facebook.com/BenHoganAward.
The three finalists for the award are Vanderbilt senior John Augenstein, Florida freshman Ricky Castillo and Pepperdine senior Sahith Theegala. The Ben Hogan Award is given annually to the top men’s college golfer taking into account all collegiate, amateur and professional competitions over the past 12 months. The selection committee is made up of 30 leaders and experts in amateur, college and professional golf as well as past Hogan Award winners.
The Ben Hogan Trophy was first issued by FOG in 1990 at Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles and also included academic achievement in its original list of standards. In 2002, the Ben Hogan Award moved to Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, Hogan’s hometown and the site of five of his PGA TOUR victories. At that time, it revised its criteria to its current standard of honoring the outstanding amateur and collegiate golfer.
Since 2002, the Hogan Trophy Award Foundation has awarded more than $825,000 in scholarships to over two dozen schools. This year, $30,000 in grants will be distributed, with $15,000 going to the winner’s university and $7,500 to the two finalists’ schools.
Winners of the Ben Hogan Award include three golfers currently ranked in the top 30 in the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR)—No. 2 Jon Rahm (2015, 2016), No. 7 Patrick Cantlay (2012) and No. 27 Rickie Fowler (2008). Other recipients include: Ricky Barnes (2003), Matt Every (2006), Doug Ghim (2018), Bill Haas (2004), Viktor Hovland (2019), Chris Kirk (2007), Hunter Mahan (2003), Maverick McNealy (2017), Ryan Moore (2005), Patrick Rodgers (2014), Kyle Stanley (2009), Nick Taylor (2010), D.J. Trahan (2002), Peter Uihlein (2011) and Chris Williams (2013).
Ten former winners are in the field at this week’s Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial with Fowler, Ghim, Haas, Hovland, Kirk, McNealy, Moore, Rahm, Rodgers and Uihlein. Additionally, award finalists in the tournament include Bud Cauley, Wyndham Clark, Beau Hossler, Collin Morikawa, C.T. Pan, Jordan Spieth, Kevin Tway and Matthew Wolff.