Sean Crocker Named 2017 Ben Hogan Award Semifinalist|
April 12, 2017
Junior Sean Crocker, a key component in USC’s back-to-back NCAA Championships semifinal appearances currently riding a streak of eight consecutive tournaments under par, has been named a 2017 Ben Hogan Award semifinalist on Wednesday (April 12) in a joint announcement made by Colonial Country Club, the Friends of Golf (FOG) and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA).
Crocker is among nine first-timers in the 10-semifinalist group, which also includes Sam Burns (LSU, So.), Wyndham Clark (Oregon, Sr.), Jared du Toit (Arizona State, Sr.), Nick Hardy (Illinois, Jr.), Maverick McNealy (Stanford, Sr.), Dylan Meyer (Illinois, Jr.), Collin Morikawa (California, So.), Matthias Schwab (Vanderbilt, Sr.) and Will Zalatoris (Wake Forest, Jr.). This is McNealy’s third semifinalist turn.
The Ben Hogan Award is issued 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 past 12-month period. The Ben Hogan Award Selection Committee, which votes during each stage of the process, is comprised of leaders in amateur, collegiate and professional golf.
Crocker, who was on the Ben Hogan Award watch list for the second straight year, leads USC in stroke average at 70.15 and top 10 finishes (six) and has not finished outside the top 16 in any event this season. He is second on the squad in rounds in the 60s (11) and he is a combined 26-under par in his last eight events. The only event in which he was not under par this season was the season opener, in which he was 1-over.
The 10 semifinalists will be pared down to three finalists on May 3. The finalists will attend a black-tie banquet at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, on Monday, May 22, prior to the start of the PGA TOUR’s Dean & DeLuca Invitational, where the winner will be crowned.
The award was first issued in 1990 and also included academic achievement in its original list of standards. It revised its criteria for the 2001-02 collegiate season to its current standard of honoring the outstanding amateur collegiate golfer.
Since that time, the winners have been: D.J. Trahan (Clemson, 2002), Ricky Barnes (Arizona, 2003), Hunter Mahan (Oklahoma State, 2003), Bill Haas (Wake Forest, 2004), Ryan Moore (UNLV, 2005), Matt Every (Florida, 2006), Chris Kirk (Georgia, 2007), Rickie Fowler (Oklahoma State, 2008), Kyle Stanley (Clemson, 2009), Nick Taylor (Washington, 2010), Peter Uihlein (Oklahoma State, 2011), Patrick Cantlay (UCLA, 2012), Chris Williams (Washington, 2013), Patrick Rodgers (Stanford, 2014) and Jon Rahm (Arizona State, 2015, 2016).