FORT WORTH, Texas (May 21, 2021) — The Ben Hogan Trophy Award Foundation has announced that Texas junior Cole Hammer has been voted The Ben Hogan Award April Golfer of the Month. He is the third straight collegiate who plays in the Lone Star State to win the honor and is the fourth in the past five months.
Hammer, a junior from Houston, Texas, was crowned the Big 12 Conference champion at Prairie Dunes with a 72-hole sum of 276 (-4). In addition, Hammer collected top-10 showings at both the Aggie Invitational (sixth) and The Calusa Cup (ninth). For the month, he owned a 70.90 stroke average that included a 5-under 65 and a 3-under 67 over the final two rounds of the Big 12 Championship.
The Ben Hogan Award’s monthly honor counts any college, amateur or professional event completed during the month. The other finalists for the April honor were sophomore Ludvig Aberg of Texas Tech and senior Angus Flanagan of Minnesota.
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 Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Aberg claimed both the Facebook and Twitter ballots, while Flanagan won the Instagram vote.
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. Winning a monthly award is not a prerequisite to be named a Ben Hogan Award semifinalist, finalist or winner.
2020-21 The Ben Hogan Award Golfers of the Month
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
March 2021 – Sam Bennett, Texas A&M
April 2021 – Cole Hammer, Texas