FORT WORTH, Texas (March 15, 2022) — Three members of the 2022 Ben Hogan Award presented by PNC Bank’s watch list—Eugenio Chacarra of Oklahoma State, Nick Gabrelcik of North Florida and Palmer Jackson of Notre Dame—have been named finalists for the Ben Hogan Award’s February Golfer of the Month honor.
Chacarra, a senior, won the Amer Ari Invitational with a three-round score of 197 (-19), which included a final-round 62. He followed that up with a third-place effort at the Florida Gators Invitational with an 8-under card of 202. For the month, the native of Madrid, Spain, carried a 66.50 stroke average over six rounds.
Gabrelcik, a sophomore from Trinity, Fla., earned a dominant victory at the Sea Best Invitational, winning by six shots with a 7-under 203 (69-69-65). He also had two more top 10s during February, tying for fourth at the Jones Cup Invitational (218, +2) and sharing 10th place at the Nexus Collegiate (230, +14).
Jackson, a junior from Murraysville, Pa., won the Jones Cup Invitational by three shots with a 5-under 211. Only two players among the 84 individuals in the amateur field finished under par. Jackson also tied for fourth at the Watersound Invitational with a 212 (-4). He finished the month with a 70.50 scoring average.
The Ben Hogan Award’s monthly honor counts any college, amateur or professional event completed during the month. Fifteen total ballots are eligible to be cast, with 12 coming from members of the Ben Hogan Award committee and Friends of Golf and three social media fan ballots. Those votes are issued to the top vote getter on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, with the contests open through Thursday at 5 p.m. (CT). The winner of the monthly award will be named Friday.
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.