The most prestigious honor in college golf is the Ben Hogan Award, given annually to who is determined to be the best collegiate player.
This year’s winner is 21-year-old Maverick McNealy of Stanford University. It was his third time being a finalist for the award, and his first win.
- McNealy has 11 collegiate victories, tying Tiger Woods and Patrick Rodgers for the Stanford record. Four of those wins came this past season.
- McNealy’s six wins in 2014-15 was the most for a Stanford player in a single season since Tiger Woods had 8 victories in 1995-96.
- McNealy was the World No. 1 ranked amateur as recently as last week, before being passed by Chile’s Joanquin Niemann.
- He has played in one career professional major, missing the cut as an 18-year-old at the 2014 U.S. Open.
- He is said to be weighing a potential pro golf career against a career in business, but no official decision has yet been made.
- Former Ben Hogan Award winners include Hunter Mahan, Ryan Moore, Chris Kirk, Bill Haas, and Jon Rahm.
“Thank you so much to @BenHoganAward for a very special night. It is an absolute honor to be named winner this year.”
–Maverick McNealy via Twitter
This post appeared originally as part of the Daily Rundown.