Men’s golf junior included on 31-player list for college golf’s highest honor

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LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – UNLV men’s golf junior Jack Trent has been included on the 2020 Ben Hogan Award Watch List, which was announced Wednesday by the Hogan Trophy Award Foundation, the Friends of Golf (FOG) and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA).

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

The full watch list may be found here. Just eight players are repeat members from the 2019 watch list and two members were among the award’s 10 semifinalists a year ago.

The list of 10 semifinalists, which could include individuals not on the watch list, will be unveiled on Wednesday, April 15. That group will be pared down to three finalists in May, and the finalists will attend a black-tie dinner at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, where the winner will be crowned.

Trent leads the Rebels in scoring average this season with 70.47 per round. He has finished in the top 10 in four of his five tournament this season, and in 15 total rounds played, he has five in the 60s and 11 at par or better.

Former Rebel golfers who have earned the same recognition (named to the Ben Hogan Award Watch List) were: Shintaro Ban (2018), John Oda (2017), Kevin Penner (2013), Derek Ernst (2010, 2012), Eddie Olson (2009) and Seung-su Han (2007, 2008). Ryan Moore was the 2005 Hogan Award winner, which marked the first time a UNLV golfer was named the national player of the year. In 2006, UNLV’s Andres Gonzales was a semifinalist for the award, while Ban earned the same distinction in 2018.

The Rebels will continue their spring season on Thursday, Feb. 20 at the John Burns Intercollegiate in Hawaii.