Stanford duo among Ben Hogan Award finalists


Stanford junior Patrick Rodgers, Georgia Tech junior Ollie Schniederjans and Stanford senior Cameron Wilson were named finalists for the Ben Hogan Award, given annually to the best player in college and amateur competitions over a 12-month period.

The winner will be named May 18 in a ceremony at Colonial Country Club.

Rodgers is a two-time U.S. Walker Cupper who currently holds the No. 3 spot in Golfstat’s rankings. If he can win his final two tournaments – NCAA regionals and the 72-hole NCAA Championship – he will surpass Tiger Woods for the most victories in Stanford history, with 12. He already has five victories this season and was a Hogan Award finalist in 2012. The only other players to attend the banquet twice are PGA Tour players Rickie Fowler, Chris Kirk and Patrick Cantlay.

Schniederjans also has five victories this season, a new school record, and that haul includes the recent ACC Championship. He is No. 4 in both Golfstat and the R&A’s World Amateur Rankings, after top 10s at the Dogwood Invitational, Southern Amateur, Northeast Amateur and Players Amateur. 

Wilson, No. 2, earned his first two college victories this season and has finished in the top 15 in all 10 events for the Cardinal. The left-hander is sixth in the R&A’s World Amateur Ranking, with strong showings at the Australian Master of the Amateurs, Sunnehanna Amateur and Porter Cup. 

Rodgers and Wilson are the second teammates to be named Hogan Award finalists in the same year. Oklahoma State's Peter Uihlein and Kevin Tway were finalists in 2011. 

Among the players who didn’t make the finalist cut was Alabama senior Bobby Wyatt, No. 5 in Golfstat’s rankings. Earlier this month he earned his first college victory at the SEC Championship, where he broke the 54-hole scoring record. He also was part of the 2013 NCAA Championship-winning Alabama team and represented the U.S. at the Walker Cup last fall. 

Recent winners of this prestigious award include Rickie Fowler (2008), Kyle Stanley (2009), Peter Uihlein (2011) and Chris Williams (2013).