NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Ben Hogan Award committee, Friends of Golf and the Golf Coaches Association of America announced Thursday that Vanderbilt’s Gordon Sargent is one of three finalists for the 2023 Ben Hogan Award presented by PNC Bank.
Sargent, the reigning NCAA national champion and all-time leader in career wins (5) at Vandy, competed at the Masters Tournament earlier in April and won individual titles at the East Lake Cup, John Hayt Invitational and Mason Rudolph Championship this season.
Atop both the Golfstat Individual Rankings and the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings, Sargent is listed second in the World Amateur Golf Rankings and third by Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com. A member of the U.S. Palmer Cup team, his amateur highlights also include advancing to match play at the U.S. Amateur, placing fourth at the Northeast Amateur, tying for sixth at the Jones Cup Invitational, sharing 17th at the Western Amateur and being one of seven amateurs to compete at the 2023 Masters.
Sargent has placed in the top 10 in all 10 tournaments he has competed in this season, including eight top-fives, and carries a 67.79 season stroke average. He finished first in the 2023 Arnold Palmer Cup standings and will compete for the United States again this summer.
The other finalists along with Sargent are Ludvig Aberg of Texas Tech and Stanford’s Michael Thorbjornsen. John Augenstein was Vanderbilt’s only other finalist for the award in 2020.
The Ben Hogan Award presented by PNC Bank annually awards the top men’s NCAA Division I, II or III, NAIA or NJCAA college golfer based on all collegiate, amateur and professional events over the previous 12 months.
The finalists will attend a black-tie dinner May 22 at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, where the winner will be crowned. The winner will receive an exemption into the PGA TOUR’s 2024 Charles Schwab Challenge, played annually at Colonial.
The award’s selection committee, which votes during each stage of the process, is made up of nearly three dozen leaders and experts in professional, amateur and collegiate golf both domestically and internationally. In addition, past recipients will be eligible to vote on the final ballot.
2023 Ben Hogan Award Finalists
Ludvig Aberg, Texas Tech, Sr., Eslov, Sweden
Gordon Sargent, Vanderbilt, So., Birmingham, Alabama
Michael Thorbjornsen, Stanford, Jr., Wellesley, Massachusetts