Stanford's Cameron Wilson and Patrick Rodgers are two of three finalists for the Ben Hogan Award, as announced Wednesday by the Colonial Country Club, Friends of Golf and the Golf Coaches Association of America.
The trio will attend a black-tie banquet at Texas' Colonial Country Club on May 18, prior to the start of the PGA Tour's Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. The winner will be crowned at the banquet.
The Pac-12 Conference has now had at least one finalist for five consecutive seasons and six times in the past seven years. Regardless of who is named the winner of the award, he will be the first recipient from his school.
Rodgers is a finalist for the second time in his collegiate career, having previously received an invitation to the Colonial Country Club as a freshman in 2012. The native of Avon, Ind., is the world's top-ranked amateur golfer according to both the World Amateur Golf Ranking as well as the Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking.
Rodgers is the fourth player ever to earn two trips to Fort Worth as a finalist, joining Georgia's Chris Kirk (2006, 2007), Oklahoma State's Rickie Fowler (2008, 2009) and UCLA's Patrick Cantlay (2011, 2012).
Heading into the NCAA Regional, Rodgers has five collegiate victories to his credit in 2014 to pull within one of Tiger Woods' all-time Stanford record for career wins (11). In his past five events, Rodgers has four wins and a runner-up finish. His victories came at the Erin Hills Invitational, The Goodwin, Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters, Prestige at PGA West and Pac-12 Championships.
Rodgers, the Pac-12 Player of the Year, is currently ranked second in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings and third according to Golfstat. In 10 tournaments this year, he boasts eight top-10 finishes and a stroke average of 69.55. On the amateur circuit, he was a member of the winning United States Walker Cup and Palmer Cup teams last summer and finished with a 5-1-2 record.
Wilson, who hails from Rowayton, Conn., is ranked second in the Golfstat rankings and fifth by Golfweek/Sagarin. He corralled his first two collegiate wins this season, opening the campaign with a victory at the Illini Invitational at Olympia Fields and then taking medalist honors at the Western Intercollegiate this spring. For the year, he placed among the top 15 in all 10 events, with six of those finishes in the top five.
The first-team All-Pac-12 selection carded a season average of 69.81 and helped lead Stanford to its first conference title in two decades and a No. 1 seed in the upcoming NCAA West Regional in Eugene, Ore. He was a finalist for the Byron Nelson Award, given to a graduating senior based upon golf and academic achievements as well as character. In addition, he finished first in the U.S. Palmer Cup rankings and will represent the country in June at Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey, England.
In the world's amateur rankings, Wilson is listed sixth according to the WAGR and fourth in Scratch Players. Earlier this year, he placed fourth at the Australian Master of the Amateurs, while last summer he won the Metropolitan Golf Association's Ike Championship. He also placed fifth at the Sunnehanna Amateur, tied for 12th at the Porter Cup and shared 34th at the Western Amateur.
The 2014 The Ben Hogan Award recipient will receive an exemption into the PGA Tour's 2015 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
The Ben Hogan Award is presented annually to the top men's NCAA Division I, II or III, NAIA or NJCAA college golfer taking into account all collegiate and amateur competitions during the 12-month period dating from the previous award's banquet. The Ben Hogan Award selection committee is made up of 24 leaders and experts in amateur, college and professional golf.
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