February 13, 2019
COLUMBUS, Ohio—The Ben Hogan Award Foundation announced its 28 player watch list today for the most prestigious award for collegiate golfers, and Will Grimmer has made the list. The Ben Hogan Award is given each year to the top men’s NCAA Division I, II, or III, NAIA, or NJCAA collegiate golfer on the basis of all of their collegiate and amateur competitions over the June to May calendar year. The watch list of 28 players, will be pared down to ten and announced on April 17th. The list will then be narrowed down further to three finalists, on May 2nd, who will be invited to attend a black-tie dinner at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, on May 20th, prior to the Charles Schwab Challenge, where the winner will be named.
The Ben Hogan Award was first given out in 1990, before revising its standards in 2002 to what they are currently. The past award winners have accrued great success, combining for 41 PGA Tour victories, with six winners currently ranked in the top 100 of the Official World Golf Rankings. Winners of the Ben Hogan Award include: John Rahm, Rickie Fowler, Kyle Stanley, Ricky Barnes, Bill Haas, Hunter Mahan, and a number of other notable names.
Will Grimmer has had a great first half of his senior campaign, playing to the tune of a 69.39 adjusted scoring average and sitting at number nine in the Golfstat rankings. Through the fall season, Grimmer finished fourth (216, E) at the Northern Intercollegiate Invitational, fifth (208, -2) at the Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational, and claimed his second career victory (202, -11) at the Musketeer Classic, winning by 11 strokes. Earlier in the year, Grimmer competed in the 2018 U.S. Amateur, shooting 73-72 to advance to the match play portion of the tournament, up against the best collection of amateur talent available. To kick off 2019, he was invited to play in the Jones Cup Invitational, a marquee amateur event, and finished third in the rain shortened tournament, carding 68-75 in two rounds of play. Overall, Grimmer has four top-5 finishes, including one victory, and is in position to continue to add to his resume as the season plays on.