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Stanford’s Rodgers Wins Ben Hogan Award

Stanford’s Rodgers Wins Ben Hogan Award

May 21, 2014

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Stanford junior Patrick Rodgers was named winner of the Ben Hogan Award by the Colonial Country Club, the Friends of Golf and the Golf Coaches Association of America during a recent ceremony held in Forth Worth, Texas.

Rodgers, who is the first honoree in Cardinal history, is the third straight winner from the Pac-12 Conference, following UCLA’s Patrick Cantlay (2012) and Washington’s Chris Williams (2013).

Rodgers is the world’s top-ranked amateur golfer according to both the World Amateur Golf Ranking and the Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking. Heading into the NCAA championship, he had six collegiate victories in 2013-2014 to tie Tiger Woods’ all-time Stanford record for career wins (11).

His season victories have come at the Erin Hills Invitational, The Goodwin, Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters, The Prestige, Pac-12 Championships and NCAA Eugene Regional.

Rodgers, the Pac-12 Player of the Year, is currently ranked first in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings and third according to Golfstat. In 11 tournaments this year, he boasts nine top-10 finishes and a stroke average of 69.41.

In winning the award, Rodgers was presented with an exemption into the PGA Tour 2015 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial by tournament director Bobby Patton. In addition, Stanford earned a $25,000 grant for its men’s golf scholarship program.

May 6, 2013

The odds favor a first for the Stanford men’s golf team.

Cardinal teammates Cameron Wilson and Patrick Rodgers are among three players (the other is Georgia Tech’s Ollie Schniederjans) named Wednesday as finalists for this year’s Ben Hogan Award.

The award honors the top men’s golfer, regardless of division, and considers all college and amateur competition in the past 12 months.

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Stanford’s Cameron Wilson

No player from Stanford (or Georgia Tech) has ever won the award, which was created in 1990. The winner will be named May 18 in a ceremony at Colonial Country Club.

All three are among the top 10 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings and World Amateur Golf Ranking.

Rodgers, a junior from Avon, Indiana, is currently No. 2 in Golfweek rankings and No. 1 in the WAGR. He has five college victories this season, including four of his past five starts, and boasts a 69.55 stroke average. Rodgers played on winning U.S. teams in both the Walker Cup and Palmer Cup in 2013, was medalist at the 2013 Western Amateur and reached the Round of 16 in the Western and U.S. Amateurs.

Wilson, a senior from Rowayton, Connecticut, is currently No. 5 in Golfweek rankings and No. 6 in the WAGR. He has two college victories this season and qualified No. 1 for the 2014 Palmer Cup. Wilson also won the 2013 Metropolitan Golf Association’s Ike Championship.

The award ceremony site, Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, was the late Hogan’s home club, and is the site of the PGA Tour’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial on May 22-25. The Ben Hogan Award winner will receive an exemption into the 2015 Crowne Plaza Invitational.

-Jerry Stewart

Author: Jerry Stewart

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