Feb. 23, 2011
Three players from UCLA's second-ranked men's golf team have been named to the Hogan Award Watch List, sponsors for the award announced this week.
UCLA junior Gregor Main, sophomore Pontus Widegren and freshman Patrick Cantlay join the list of 23 other collegiate amateurs vying for the most prestigious award in college golf. Only top-ranked Oklahoma State matched UCLA's three nominees.
The Hogan Award is presented annually to the top men's collegiate golfer in all divisions, taking into account all collegiate and amateur competitions during a 12-month period.
Returning finalists Bud Cauley of Alabama and Georgia's Russell Henley lead a contingent that includes NCAA medalist Scott Langley of Illinois and 2010 U.S. Amateur champion Peter Uihlein of Oklahoma State.
Cantlay, ranked third nationally through Feb. 20, advanced to the semifinals of the 2010 U.S. Amateur before falling to Uihlein. In his rookie collegiate season, he's won two tournaments and leads the Bruins in scoring average at 70.2. Cantlay is 17-under par through 15 rounds.
Widegren, a native of Sweden, was 3-1-0 against U.S. competition in the 2010 Palmer Cup. He was also a member of the European team that won the 2010 St. Andrews Trophy. He's averaging 71.9 in 15 rounds this season with a victory at the Fall Preview in September. Through Sunday, he ranked 28th.
Main, a two-time All-American and 2009 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, advanced to the finals of 2010 Western Amateur last summer. He's ranked 36th nationally on the strength of his 72.5 scoring average.
The Hogan Award is sponsored by Baird Private Wealth Management, in association with Colonial Country Club, The Friends of College Golf (FOG) and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). Semifinalists will be announced April 14. Three finalists will be invited to Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, TX, for the Hogan Award presentation on the evening of May 16.