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Thornberry, Xiong headline Hogan Award semifinalists

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Reigning NCAA champion Braden Thornberry headlines the list of contenders for the Ben Hogan Award, which recognizes the top college and amateur player over a 12-month period.

Thornberry, a junior at Ole Miss, is among the 10 semifinalists who were announced Thursday (in alphabetical order): UNLV senior Shintaro Ban, Oklahoma State junior Zach Bauchou, Texas senior Doug Ghim, Oklahoma State sophomore Viktor Hovland, Vanderbilt senior Theo Humphrey, Cal junior Collin Morikawa, Texas Tech senior Fredrik Nilehn, USC junior Justin Suh and Oregon sophomore Norman Xiong.

The 10 contenders will be trimmed down to three on May 2. The winner will be announced on May 21, prior to the start of the PGA Tour’s Fort Worth Invitational. The Hogan Award recipient will receive an exemption into the 2019 event.

Among those left off the ballot were defending U.S. Amateur champion and Clemson sophomore Doc Redman and Illinois senior Dylan Meyer, who is ranked inside the top 10 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.

The selection committee consists of more than two dozen leaders in the professional, amateur and college golf communities.