TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State Men’s golfer Harry Ellis is one of 27 collegiate golfers named to the Ben Hogan Award Watch List, announced on Wednesday by the Hogan Trophy Award Foundation, the Friends of Golf (FOG) and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA).
The Ben Hogan Award presented by Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) is issued annually to the top men’s NCAA Division I, II or III, NAIA or NJCAA college golfer taking into account all collegiate and amateur competitions during a 12-month period from June to May. The Ben Hogan Award Selection Committee, which votes during each stage of the process, is comprised of leaders in collegiate, amateur and professional golf.
Ellis has already made a strong case for his candidacy after winning his second tournament title in the 2017-18 year, earning a co-championship with teammate Jamie Li at the Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate on Tuesday. Ellis also shared a tournament title at the Marquette Intercollegiate in the fall.
The England native also won the Amateur Championship last summer at Royal St. George’s Golf Club, gaining exemptions to the 2017 Open Championship, the 2018 Masters and the 2018 United States Open.
In addition to Ellis, the 2018 Ben Hogan Award watch list, as determined by the award’s subcommittee, includes: Dawson Armstrong (Lipscomb), Braden Bailey (Baylor), Shintaro Ban (UNLV), Zach Bauchou (Oklahoma State), Chandler Blanchet (West Florida), Brad Dalke (Oklahoma), Patrick Fishburn (BYU), Steven Fisk (Georgia Southern), Doug Ghim (Texas), Will Gordon (Vanderbilt), Theo Humphrey (Vanderbilt), S.M. Lee (Dalton State), Patrick Martin (Vanderbilt), Dylan Meyer (Illinois), Collin Morikawa (California), Fredrik Nilehn (Texas Tech), Bryson Nimmer (Clemson), Mason Overstreet (Arkansas), Chandler Phillips (Texas A&M), Doc Redman (Clemson), Davis Riley (Alabama), Justin Suh (Southern California), Sahith Theegala (Pepperdine), Braden Thornberry (Ole Miss), Brandon Wu (Stanford) and Norman Xiong (Oregon).
The list of 10 semifinalists, which could include individuals not on the watch list, will be unveiled on Wednesday, April 11. On Wednesday, May 2, that group will be pared down to three finalists. The finalists will attend a black-tie dinner at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, on Monday, May 21, prior to the start of the annual PGA TOUR stop at Colonial, where the winner will be crowned.
The award, which was first issued in 1990 and also included academic achievement in its original list of standards, revised its criteria for the 2001-02 collegiate season to its current standard of honoring the outstanding amateur collegiate golfer.
The Ben Hogan Trophy was first issued in 1990 and also included academic achievement in its original list of standards. In 2002, the Ben Hogan Award moved to Fort Worth, Texas, and revised its criteria to its current standard of honoring the outstanding amateur collegiate golfer.
Winners of the Ben Hogan Award include seven golfers currently ranked in the top 100 in the Official World Gold Rankings—Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler, Patrick Cantlay, Kyle Stanley, Peter Uihlein, Bill Haas and Ryan Moore. Other recipients include: Ricky Barnes, Matt Every, Chris Kirk, Hunter Mahan, Maverick McNealy, Patrick Rodgers, Nick Taylor, D.J. Trahan and Chris Williams.