FORT WORTH, Texas (Feb. 17, 2022) — Arizona State’s David Puig has been named the January Ben Hogan Award presented by PNC Bank Golfer of the Month. He is the second Sun Devil to claim the honor this season, joining September winner Cameron Sisk.
Puig, a junior from La Garriga, Spain, began the spring collegiate season by defending his individual title at the Southwestern Invitational. The Southwestern Invitational, which was played at North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village, Calif., had the highest strength rating of any amateur event played during January.
Puig posted a three-round score of 208 (-8) to win by two shots and become the first back-to-back winner in the tournament’s history. The field of 60 players included 13 ranked in Golfstat’s top 100 college players. Puig’s win also earned him Pac-12 Golfer of the Month accolades.
A member of this year’s Ben Hogan Award watch list and an award semifinalist in 2021, Puig is the No. 7 ranked player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking and No. 8 in the Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking. This was the third time in his career that Puig was a finalist for a monthly award.
The other finalists for the monthly honor were Arizona’s Christian Banke and Arkansas’ Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira.
The Ben Hogan Award’s monthly honor counts any college, amateur or professional event completed during the month. 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 Facebook (Banke), Instagram (Fernandez de Oliveira) and Twitter (Fernandez de Oliveira).
The Ben Hogan Award presented by PNC Bank is given annually to the top men’s college golfer taking into account all collegiate, amateur and professional 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.