College golf is back, which means it’s time to look at Player of the Year candidates.
The Haskins Award presented by Stifel honors the player of the year in college men’s golf, as selected by college golfers, coaches and members of the college golf media.
Last year, Texas Tech’s Ludvig Aberg took home the honor. This season, a new host of players will vie for the Heisman Trophy of college golf, including the world’s top-ranked amateur and the reigning U.S. Amateur champion.
On Tuesday, the Haskins Foundation announced its 2023-24 Haskins Award preseason watch list. The players are listed alphabetically. Players on the Haskins Award Watch List were selected by a panel of Golfweek and Golf Channel writers.
Here’s a look at the 25 golfers on the preseason watch list.
A 2023 second-team All-American, Anderson heads into his senior year off a summer where he appeared in the Arnold Palmer Cup and made it to the Round of 16 at the U.S. Amateur.
Ballester will be a focal point in a strong Arizona State lineup this fall, as he’s coming off a summer where he won the European Amateur Championship and was a member of the International Palmer Cup team.
Last spring, Brennan captured the individual ACC title and has won six times in his career. He also played in the 2023 U.S. Open at Los Angeles Country Club.
Clanton, 12th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, finished third at the Northeast Amateur, fourth at the Sunnehanna Amateur and made match play at the U.S. Amateur. He’ll be a sophomore, and he won the NCAA Regional as a freshman in the spring.