LSU’s Sam Burns named to 2017 Ben Hogan Award Watch List

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Sam BurnsBATON ROUGE – LSU’s sophomore All-American Sam Burns was named among 28 players from across the country in the NCAA Division I ranks to the initial 2017 Ben Hogan Award Watch List on Wednesday afternoon in a joint announcement Wednesday by Colonial Country Club, the Friends of Golf and Golf Coaches Association of America.

Burns has firmly established himself as a National Player of the Year candidate for 2016-17 as the No. 3-ranked player nationally in the most recent college rankings published by Golfweek and Golfstat.

The Ben Hogan Award presented by Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA, Inc. is presented annually to the top men’s NCAA Division I, II or III, NAIA or NJCAA college golfer taking into account all college and amateur competitions during the previous 12-month period. The Ben Hogan Award Selection Committee, which votes during each stage of the process, is comprised of leaders in amateur, college and professional golf.

The award, which was first issued in 1990 with academic achievement in its original criteria, revised its criteria for the 2001-02 season to its current standard of honoring the outstanding collegiate amateur golfer.

A list of 10 semifinalists, which could include individuals not on the watch list, will be unveiled on April 12 before three finalists are announced on May 3. The finalists will attend a banquet at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, on Monday, May 22, where the winner will be crowned prior to the start of the PGA TOUR’s Dean & DeLuca Invitational.

Burns is fresh off a top-10 finish last weekend at the prestigious Jones Cup Invitational at Ocean Forest Golf Club in St. Simons Island, Georgia, where he tied for eighth place. Burns has been impressive in amateur play in recent months as he also made history in November as the first LSU Tiger to win the Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic in El Paso, Texas.

Burns’ victory at the Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic followed an appearance at the Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic in Lahaina, Maui, where he finished runner-up in the final collegiate event for the fall season with a career-low tournament score of 13-under par 200. He capped his appearance in Hawaii with a career-low 9-under 62 in the final round at Ka’anapali Golf Club.

A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Burns is in the midst of a historic sophomore season at LSU with a team-leading scoring average of 69.00 strokes per round through his six tournament appearances. He is a cumulative 45-under par in those six starts with 17 of his 18 collegiate rounds at par or better.

2017 Ben Hogan Award Watch List
Player, School
Sam Burns, LSU
Cameron Champ, Texas A&M
Wyndham Clark, Oregon
Sean Crocker, Southern California
Jared du Toit, Arizona State
Jorge Garcia, Florida
Doug Ghim, Texas
Gavin Hall, Texas
Nick Hardy, Illinois
Rico Hoey, Southern California
Sam Horsfield, Florida
Viktor Hovland, Oklahoma State
Will Long, Auburn
Patrick Martin, Vanderbilt
Maverick McNealy, Stanford
Dylan Meyer, Illinois
Collin Morikawa, California
John Oda, UNLV
Chandler Phillips, Texas A&M
Doc Redman, Clemson
Scottie Scheffler, Texas
Matthias Schwab, Vanderbilt
Greyson Sigg, Georgia
Jimmy Stanger, Virginia
Sam Stevens, Oklahoma State
Braden Thornberry, Ole Miss
Alejandro Tosti, Florida
Will Zalatoris, Wake Forest

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