FORT WORTH, Texas (Jan. 10, 2020) – The Ben Hogan Trophy Award Foundation has announced that Georgia Tech’s Noah Norton has been named the Ben Hogan Award December Golfer of the Month. He is the second Yellow Jacket to win the award this season, joining Andy Ogletree.
Norton, a junior from Chico, Calif., claimed the Patriot All-America Invitational title by one stroke with a 3-round sum of 203 (-7). The field consisted of 84 decorated collegiate players, many of whom have earned PING All-America honors in NCAA Divisions I, II and III as well as the NAIA and NJCAA Divisions I and II.
Norton claimed the monthly honor over fellow finalists James Leow of Arizona State and Benjamin Shipp of NC State. Norton joins the season’s previous winners: Georgia Tech’s Andy Ogletree (August), Baylor’s Cooper Dossey (September), Rutgers’ Christopher Gotterup (October), BYU’s Peter Kuest (October) and Wake Forest’s Parker Gillam (November).
Fifteen total ballots were cast, with 12 coming from members of the Hogan Trophy Foundation and Friends of Golf and three social media fan ballots. Those votes were issued to Shipp, the top vote getter on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
In line with the yearly Ben Hogan Award, voters consider all college, amateur and professional event results. Winning a monthly award is not a prerequisite to be named a Ben Hogan Award semifinalist, finalist or winner.
The Ben Hogan Award is given each May to the top men’s college golfer taking into account all collegiate and amateur competitions over the past 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.