Aberg wins the Ben Hogan Prize
FORT WORTH, Texas – Texas Tech Junior Ludwig Aberg was named the 2022 recipient of the Ben Hogan Award presented by PNC Bank on Monday night. The annual award – which honors the top male college golfer based on collegiate, amateur and professional events over the previous 12 months – was announced this evening at a black-tie dinner honoring the three finalists at the Colonial Country Club.
“Growing up in Sweden, I never really imagined being here right now,” Aberg said in his acceptance speech. “It’s a long way from home, but it’s really cool to be here. I’m humbled and honored to be here tonight next to Sam and Eugenio. They push me in competitive golf all the time. “I’m devastated to have my name associated with Ben Hogan. It’s really special. He had a relentless work ethic and that’s what I aspire to.
Aberg is Texas Tech’s first-ever honoree and the third Big 12 Conference recipient in the past five years, joining Oklahoma State’s Viktor Hovland in 2019 and Texas’ Doug Ghim in 2018. He is the third European ever honored , after Spain. Jon Rahm and Norwegian Viktor Hovland. After claiming the prize, Aberg received the first invitation to the PGA TOUR’s 2023 Charles Schwab Challenge by tournament chairman Jim Whitten.
A native of Eslov, Sweden, Aberg ranks in the top three in all four major ranking systems, including No. 1 in the World Amateur Scratch Players Ranking, No. 2 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) , #2 in the Golfstat Individual Ranking and #3 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Ranking.
A 2021 European Amateur runner-up, Aberg also tied for 30th in the Scandinavian Mixed on the European Tour and shared 51st in the PGA TOUR 2021 Butterfield Bermuda Championship. He was also selected to be part of the international team for the 2022 Arnold Palmer Cup.
In college play, Aberg has recorded nine straight top-15 finishes, including impressive victories at the Big 12 Championships and Prestige. He also finished tied for sixth at the New Haven NCAA Regional last week. The Red Raider have finished no worse than sixth in their last seven tournaments. He has an average of 70.03 in 11 collegiate events this season.
The Ben Hogan Award presented by PNC Bank annually recognizes the top male college golfer in NCAA, NAIA or NJCAA Division I, II or III based on all college, amateur and professional events over the past 12 months. . Three of the top six players in the Official World Golf Rankings—No. No 2 Rahm (2015, 2016), No 5 Patrick Cantlay (2012) and No 6 Hovland (2019) – are past recipients of the honor, while No 3 Collin Morikawa (2018, 2019) was a two-time Ben Hogan Finalist for the award. Morikawa participated as a special guest speaker tonight.
The group of three finalists honored Monday night by the Hogan Trophy Award Foundation, Friends of Golf (FOG) and Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) included Sam Bennett of Aberg, Texas A&M and Eugenio Chacarra of Oklahoma State. Aberg was voted the winner by an esteemed selection committee made up of nearly three dozen leaders and experts from college, amateur and professional golf. Additionally, all past winners were eligible to vote in the final round, voting to rank the three finalists.
The Ben Hogan Award presented by PNC Bank began honoring the Colonial Country Club’s outstanding amateur golfer in 2002. Prior to its move to Fort Worth, the original Ben Hogan Trophy, which used a different set of criteria for its winner, was issued by FOG at the Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles from 1990.
Since 2002, the Hogan Trophy Award Foundation has awarded more than $875,000 in scholarships to more than 30 universities and charities. In addition to donating to finalist universities’ scholarship programs, the Foundation is donating $10,000 to honor and assist Southwestern University, which has experienced a profound tragedy in its golf programs. masculine and feminine this spring.
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