Haskins Award watch list: Hossler, McNealy favorites


There’s only a few weeks left in the college golf season, which means it’s crunch time for players in the race for the Fred Haskins Award.

The award – voted on by players, coaches and media members – is given annually to the most outstanding player in college golf. Voting begins May 19. 

Here is a look at the leading contenders, in order:

Beau Hossler, junior, Texas 

Wins: 5

Top-10s: 9 (10 starts)

Scoring average: 69.73

Skinny: The frontrunner for the award, with an NCAA-best five victories this season. Has shown an ability to win even without his best stuff. 

Maverick McNealy, junior, Stanford 

Wins: 4

Top-10s 8 (10 starts)

Scoring average: 69.19

Skinny: After a quiet start to the spring, the 2015 NCAA player of the year smashed the tournament scoring record at Pasatiempo, where he outdueled fellow Haskins Award contender Aaron Wise of Oregon. Now with 10 career titles, McNealy could eclipse the school record of 11 (set by Tiger Woods and Patrick Rodgers) before the end of the year.

Jon Rahm, senior, Arizona State 

Wins: 3

Top-10s: 11 (11 starts)

Scoring average: 69.26

Skinny: Consistently excellent across the board, and he scored a big head-to-head win against McNealy at the Pac-12s.

Sam Horsfield, freshman, Florida

Wins: 3

Top-10s: 8 (11 starts)

Scoring average: 70.33

Skinny: One of the hottest players this spring, with three wins and two other top-3 finishes. His most eye-opening result came at the Southern Highlands in Las Vegas, where he won by four against the year’s strongest field to date.  

Michael Johnson, senior, Auburn

Wins: 3

Top-10s: 6 (11 starts)

Scoring average: 70.06

Skinny: A breakout year, but likely to fall short in the season-long race. He has finished inside the top 20 in all but one start and is the biggest reason why Auburn has been so highly ranked all season long. 

Aaron Wise, sophomore, Oregon 

Wins: 2

Top-10s 7 (11 starts)

Scoring average: 69.88

Skinny: Quietly one of the best players in college and amateur golf over the past year and a half, but a head-to-head loss to McNealy at Pasatiempo may have sealed his fate. Still, he should be considered one of the favorites at NCAAs, given his firepower and familiarity there.