FORT WORTH, Texas – The Vanderbilt men’s golf team had a total of four golfers named to the watch list for the 2024 Ben Hogan Award presented by PNC Bank. The joint announcement was made on Friday by the Hogan Trophy Award Foundation, the Friends of Golf (FOG), and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA).
Graduate students William Moll and Matthew Riedel, senior Cole Sherwood, and junior Gordon Sargent were the four Commodores named to the Ben Hogan Award watch list. Vanderbilt was tied with North Carolina for the most selections on the watch list.
The Ben Hogan Award presented by PNC Bank annually awards the top men’s NCAA Division I, II or III, NAIA, or NJCAA college golfer based on all collegiate, amateur, and professional events over the previous 12 months.
Sargent, a two-time Ben Hogan Award finalist, is currently ranked No. 2 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. The Birmingham, Alabama, native played in three events in the fall for the Commodores and led the team with a 68.89 stroke average. Sargent made golf history in October, as he became the first player to earn their PGA Tour Card through PGA Tour University Accelerated. The 2021 NCAA Division I individual champion represented the United States at the 49th Walker Cup and the World Amateur Team Championships in Abu Dhabi. He went a perfect 4-0-0 at the Walker Cup to help the U.S. win the event for a fourth-straight time. The All-American was also awarded the 2023 Mark H. McCormack Medal, given to the world’s top amateur player. By winning the McCormack Medal, he receives exemptions into the 2024 U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort and The Open at Royal Troon. Additionally, Sargent was the low amateur at the 2023 U.S. Open with a 284 four-round total and he was one of seven amateurs to play in the 2023 Masters Tournament. Recently, Sargent finished seventh at the 2024 Jones Cup Invitational.
Sherwood makes his second appearance on the Hogan Award watch list, as he was also selected to the 2023 watch list. The Austin, Texas, native is currently No. 19 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. The All-American captured the individual title at the 2023 Ben Hogan Collegiate Invitational in October. He claimed the title after winning a playoff hole against Georgia Tech’s Christo Lamprecht. Sherwood shot 3-under 67 in Round 3 to move up six spots on the player leaderboard to finish at 7-under 203 and force an extra hole. He also placed second at the St Andrews Links Collegiate with a…