TCU golfer Julien Brun joins Texas counterparts Dylan Frittelli and Jordan Spieth on the 28-player watch list for the 2012 Ben Hogan Award, given to the top player in college golf. The watch list, released today, also includes UCLA’s Patrick Cantlay, last year’s U.S. Amateur runner-up and one of three finalists for the 2011 Hogan Award.
In addition to Cantlay, three other golfers who were first-team All-Americans last year are on the watch list: Illinois’ Luke Guthrie, Georgia Tech’s James White and Stanford’s Andrew Yun.
The Hogan Award is presented annually in Fort Worth as part of tournament week activities during the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. The 2012 winner will be announced May 21 in a presentation at Colonial Country Club.
The award is open to all college golfers and members of the selection committee consider collegiate and amateur playing records during the past 12 months. A list of 10 semifinalists will be released April 11, with the three finalists announced May 10.
Below is a full list of the watch list candidates, in alphabetical order: Blayne Barber (Auburn, Jr.), Zac Blair (BYU, Jr.), Julien Brun (TCU, Fr.), Patrick Cantlay (UCLA, So.), Sean Dale (North Florida, Jr.), Derek Ernst (UNLV, Sr.), Dylan Frittelli (Texas, Sr.), Luke Guthrie (Illinois, Sr.), Stephan Jaeger (Chattanooga, Sr.), Brooks Koepka (Florida State, Sr.), Jace Long (Missouri, Jr.), Bryden Macpherson (Georgia, Jr.), Daniel Miernicki (Oregon, Sr.), Corbin Mills (Clemson, Jr.), Cheng-Tsung Pan (Washington, Fr.), Thomas Pieters (Illinois, So.), Patrick Rodgers (Stanford, Fr.), Kyle Souza (Chico State, Sr.), Jordan Spieth (Texas, Fr.), Justin Thomas (Alabama, Fr.), Ethan Tracy (Arkansas, Sr.), Harold Varner (East Carolina, Sr.), T.J. Vogel (Florida, Jr.), James White (Georgia Tech, Sr.), Cory Whitsett (Alabama, So.), Chris Williams (Washington, Jr.), Eugene Wong (Oregon, Sr.) and Andrew Yun (Stanford, Jr.).
_ Jimmy Burch