Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Golfer Patrick Cantlay wins Hogan Award
By Peter Yoon
UCLA sophomore Patrick Cantlay on Monday became the first Bruin to win the Hogan Award presented annually to the nation's top college golfer.
Cantlay, 20, is the first sophomore to win the award and the second youngest. Only Rickie Fowler, who won as a 19-yaer-old freshman in 2008, was younger.
Cantlay, the top-ranked amateur in the world, has had a remarkable last 12 months. He was low amateur at the Masters in April, finished second at the NCAA Championship last June, tied for 21st at the U.S. Open last June and was runner up in the U.S. Amateur last August.
In 2011 he made the cut in five professional events and shot 10-under 60 at the Traveler's Championship last June, which was the lowest round ever by an amateur in a professional tournament.
This college season, Cantlay earned all-Pac-12 honors and had four top-10l finishes for the Bruins, including a pair of runner-up finishes. He will lead the Bruins in the NCAA finals beginning May 29 at Riviera Country Club.
At the Hogan Award ceremony Monday in Ft. Worth, Tex., Cantlay received an exemption into the PGA Tour's 2013 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. In addition, UCLA was presented with a $20,000 grant to its men's golf scholarship program.
The other finalists were Stanford freshman Patrick Rodgers and Texas freshman Jordan Spieth. Past Hogan Award winners include current PGA Tour standouts Hunter Mahan (Oklahoma State, 2003), Bill Haas (Wake Forest, 2004), and Fowler (Oklahoma State, 2008).