Aberg named Ben Hogan Award finalist
Finalists will attend a black-tie dinner on Monday, May 23 at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, where the winner will be crowned. The winner will receive an exemption for the 2023 Charles Schwab Challenge, played each year at the Colonial.
Aberg and Bennett are the first-ever finalists from Texas Tech and Texas A&M. With the addition of Chacarra, Oklahoma State now has its 10th finalist in attendance and seeks its fifth winner in the past 20 years.
Aberg, a junior from Eslov, Sweden, won the 2022 Big 12 Championship individual title and ranks in the top five in all four major ranking systems, including No. 2 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) and #1 according to Scratch Players. A 2021 European Amateur runner-up, Aberg also tied for 30th in the European Tour’s Scandinavian Mixed and shared 51st in the PGA TOUR’s 2021 Butterfield Bermuda Championship. He will be a member of the 2022 Arnold Palmer Cup international team, his second consecutive tournament selection.
In college play, Aberg has recorded eight straight top-15 finishes, including victories at the Big 12 and Prestige championships. The Red Raider have finished no worse than sixth in their last six tournaments and are averaging 70.20 from 10 events this season.
Bennett, a senior from Madisonville, Texas, who still has a year of eligibility left, is the highest-ranked player on the Golfweek/Sagarin College rankings. It is also ranked third by Golfstat and fifth by WAGR. The November Ben Hogan Award Golfer of the Month was the winner of the 2021 Spirit International Golf Championship. Additionally, Bennett was a member of the 2021 United States Palmer Cup winning team and was named to the American team in 2022.
For the Aggies, Bennett won the Louisiana Classics and recorded a runner-up spot at the John Burns Intercollegiate. In total, he finished in the top five on six occasions, finishing in the top three five times. He averages 69.42 shots over eight tournaments.
Chacarra, a senior from Madrid, Spain, who will return for his final season next year, ranks in the top seven in all four ranking systems, including second in the World Amateur Scratch Players Ranking and fourth in the WAGR. He was a member of the international team at the 2021 Palmer Cup, where he posted a 4-0 mark, and was selected to represent the team again in 2022. Chacarra also earned medalist honors at the Championship. European amateur team 2021.
For Oklahoma State, he averaged 69.16 over 34 laps with eight top-10 finishes. Chacarra won two tournaments this spring, winning the Amer Ari Invitational and the National Invitational Tournament. He was the Ben Hogan Award Golfer of the Month for March.
The Ben Hogan Award presented by PNC Bank annually recognizes the top male college golfer in NCAA, NAIA or NJCAA Division I, II or III based on all college, amateur and professional events over the past 12 months. . Three of the top six players in the Official World Golf Rankings—No. No. 2 Jon Rahm (2015, 2016), No. 4 Viktor Hovland (2019) and No. 6 Patrick Cantlay (2012) – are past recipients of the honor, while No. 3 Collin Morikawa (2018, 2019) was a two-time Ben Hogan Award Finalist.
The award selection committee, which votes at every stage of the process, is made up of 34 leaders and experts from professional, amateur and collegiate golf, both nationally and internationally. Aberg, Bennett and Chacarra were selected from a group of semi-finalists that also included Pierceson Coody of Texas, Chris Gotterup of Oklahoma, Cole Hammer of Texas, RJ Manke of Washington, Logan McAllister of Oklahoma, Trent Phillips of Georgia and Stanford’s Michael Thorbjornsen.
The Ben Hogan Award presented by PNC Bank began honoring the Colonial Country Club’s outstanding amateur college golfer in 2002. Prior to its move to Fort Worth, the original Ben Hogan Trophy, which used a different set of criteria for its winner, was been awarded to Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles beginning in 1990.
The Hogan Award winners at Colonial have combined to rack up 69 global wins, including 51 PGA TOUR wins, and have raised over $330 million in prize money worldwide, including over $300 million on the PGA ROUND. Additionally, the group has competed in 12 Ryder Cups, a dozen Presidents Cups and won two FedExCup Championships.
In addition to Rahm, Cantlay and Hovland, past recipients include: Ricky Barnes (2003), Matt Every (2006), Rickie Fowler (2008), Doug Ghim (2018), Bill Haas (2004), Chris Kirk (2007), Hunter Mahan (2003), Maverick McNealy (2017), Ryan Moore (2005), John Pak (2021), Patrick Rodgers (2014), Kyle Stanley (2009), Nick Taylor (2010), Sahith Theegala (2020), DJ Trahan (2002), Peter Uihlein (2011) and Chris Williams (2013).
Since 2002, the Ben Hogan Prize presented by PNC Bank has distributed more than $875,000 in scholarships to more than 30 universities and charities. For more information, visit TheBenHoganAward.org and follow @BenHoganAward on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
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