Hovland named winner of Ben Hogan Award

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Photo: Rickie Fowler, Matthew Wolff, Viktor Hovland and Alan Bratton.

FORT WORTH, Texas — Oklahoma State junior Viktor Hovland further cemented his place in the rich history of the Oklahoma State men’s golf program after being named the recipient of the Ben Hogan Award at Monday night’s black-tie dinner at Colonial Country Club.

The Ben Hogan Award is given annually to the top men’s college golfer taking into account all collegiate and amateur competitions over the past 12 months. The selection committee is made up of 30 leaders and experts in amateur, college and professional golf. In order to determine the finalists, each committee member cast a ballot that ranked the group of 10 semifinalists from 1-10.

With his distinction, Hovland becomes the fourth Cowboy to garner the award since it revised its criteria in 2002 to its current standard of honoring the outstanding amateur and collegiate golfer. He joins Hunter Mahan (2003), Rickie Fowler (2008) and Peter Uihlein (2011) on the list of OSU’s recipients of the award.

The Cowboy junior is currently ranked first in three systems: the World Amateur Golf Ranking, the Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking and the Golfweek/Sagarin Ranking. In addition, he is listed second in the Golfstat College Ranking. In April, he claimed the Silver Cup as the low amateur at the 2019 Masters Tournament after tying for 32nd place.

The native of Oslo, Norway, became the fifth Cowboy to win the U.S. Amateur Championship title, doing so at historic Pebble Beach Golf Links. Hovland tied the record for the fewest holes played in a U.S. Amateur since 1979 in the process. Hovland also tied for 40th at the PGA TOUR’s 2019 Arnold Palmer Invitational and was in the field at the TOUR’s Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Club.

For the season, Hovland boasts a stroke average of 68.59 with 15 of his 22 rounds in the 60s. He shared 11th place at the 2018 NCAA Championship.

At the collegiate level this season, Hovland has won three times, collecting titles at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate, East Lake Cup and The Prestige. In addition, he had runner-up showings at the Big 12 Championship and the NCAA Louisville Regional. Hovland has eight top-10 showings on the year.

The Cowboy standout was one of three finalists for the award and was joined by teammate Matthew Wolff and California’s Collin Morikawa. Hovland and Wolff became just the third set of teammates to be named Hogan Award finalists, joining Stanford’s Patrick Rodgers and Cameron Wilson (2014) and Uihlein and Cowboy teammate Kevin Tway in 2011.


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