By: Kayla Mortellaro
PHOENIX, Ariz.— Arizona State golfer Jon Rahm can add another trophy to his collection.
Rahm, a junior from Spain earned the 2015 Ben Hogan Award Monday night at the Colonial Golf Club in Fort Worth, Texas.
The Ben Hogan award is given to the best NCAA DI, DII, DIII, NAIA, or NJCAA collegiate player who has performed at a high level in college tournaments and other amateur events in a 12-month period, dating back to the last year’s award ceremony.
Rahm is currently ranked as the no. 1 amateur in the world and the no. 2 player in college golf by Golfweek.com.
Rahm has been on an incredible hot streak dating back to the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open Jan. 29- Feb. 1. where he competed on a sponsor’s invite. He finished in a tie for fifth (70-68-66-68 = 272) at -12 for the week.
Rahm continued his good form into the spring season for the Sun Devils. He won three individual titles and didn’t record a finish outside the Top-10 in eight spring events. For the entire 2014-2015 season, he carded four victories and never finished outside the Top-20. He currently holds a 68.79 scoring average for 34 rounds of golf.
Rahm edged out fellow Pac-12 golfers in Stanford’s Maverick McNealy and Washington’s Cheng- Tsung Pan to become the first Sun Devil to win the Ben Hogan award since its inception in 1990.
The prestigious award for Rahm earns him a sponsors invite into the 2016 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. In addition, ASU earned a $25,000 grant toward their men’s golf team scholarship fund.
List of Former Winners
1) D.J. Trahan (Clemson, 2002)
2) Ricky Barnes (Arizona, 2003)
3) Hunter Mahan (Oklahoma State, 2003)
4) Bill Haas (Wake Forest, 2004)
5) Ryan Moore (UNLV, 2005)
6) Matt Every (Florida, 2006)
7) Chris Kirk (Georgia, 2007)
8) Rickie Fowler (Oklahoma State, 2008)
9) Kyle Stanley (Clemson, 2009)
10) Nick Taylor (Washington, 2010)
11) Peter Uihlein (Oklahoma State, 2011)
12) Patrick Cantlay (UCLA, 2012)
13) Chris Williams (Washington, 2013)
14) Patrick Rodgers (Stanford, 2014)