Colonial Country Club, Friends of Golf and the Golf Coaches Association of America made the announcement Wednesday. The list of semifinalists include five seniors, three juniors, a sophomore and a freshman. The Ben Hogan Award selection committee considers all collegiate and amateur competitions during the 12-month period dating from the previous award banquet, and is made up of 24 leaders and experts in amateur, college and professional golf.
Schniederjans, a former Harrison High School standout, is joined in the group by SMU’s Bryson Dechambeau, Central Florida’s Greg Eason, Georgia’s Joey Garber, California’s Brandon Hagy, Washington’s Cheng-Tsung Pan, Stanford’s Patrick Rodgers and Cameron Wilson, along with Alabama’s Robby Shelton and Bobby Wyatt.
Schniederjans is ranked No. 4 nationally in the Golfweek/Sagarin Index and No. 7 in the Golfstat rankings for U.S. collegiate players. He is also the No. 6 amateur player in the world according to the latest World Amateur Golf Rankings.
Schniederjans has won four tournaments this year, including the Valspar Invitational and the Robert Kepler Invitational this spring, and earned three other top-10 finishes. His stroke average of 69.90 would rank No. 2 in Georgia Tech history if the season ended today, and he has a 91.5-percent head-to-head winning rate in 10 tournaments this year.
Schniederjans was named “Player of the Mid-Season” by Golf World magazine after he won twice and finished on the top five of the other two events which Georgia Tech competed in the fall. Last summer, Schniederjans qualified for the U.S. Amateur and earned top-5 finishes in five amateur events.
Schniederjans is bidding to become the first Yellow Jacket ever to win The Ben Hogan Award, which has been given since 1990, though Chesson Hadley was named a semifinalist in 2008.
David Duval, Stewart Cink, Matt Kuchar and Bryce Molder have all won national player of the year awards bestowed by other organizations.
In the college rankings, the list of semi-finalists includes the top seven players in the Golfstat rankings and the top six players in the Golfweek/Sagarin individual rankings. In the amateur rankings, the list features three of the top four players in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, as well as four of the top five players in the Scratch Players World Amateur listing.
On May 7 the group of 10 semifinalists will be pared down to three finalists. The trio will attend a black-tie banquet at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth on May 18, where the recipient will be announced. The winner will receive an exemption into the PGA Tour’s 2015 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. Schniederjans already has one sponsor exemption into a 2015 Tour event, the Valspar Championship, earned by winning the Valspar Invitational last month.
Previous winners of the Hogan Award include Oklahoma State’s Hunter Mahan in 2003, Wake Forest’s Bill Haas (2004), former Etowah High School and Georgia standout Chris Kirk (2007), Oklahoma State’s Rickie Fowler (2008), UCLA’s Patrick Cantlay (2012) and Washington’s Chris Williams, who won the award last season.