Wednesday January 30, 2013McCumber and Vogel Named to Ben Hogan Watch List
Fort Worth, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
University of Florida seniors Tyler McCumber (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) and T.J. Vogel (Cooper City, Fla.) were both named to The Ben Hogan Award Watch List, the award committee in conjunction with the Golf Coaches Association of America announced today. Florida is one of four schools with multiple players on this year’s list.
The Ben Hogan Award recognizes the outstanding male amateur and collegiate golfer of the year, taking into account all collegiate and amateur competitions during the past 12-month period. Former Gator Matt Every won the award in 2006.
27 golfers were named to this year’s watch list. Semifinalists will be announced on April 18. That group will be cut down to three finalists, which will be released on May 8. The winner will then be announced on May 20.
McCumber had a successful fall season after finishing in a tie for second place individually at last year’s NCAA Championships and earning Division I PING Honorable Mention All-American honors. He recorded three top-10 finishes in the autumn and tied with Vogel for second place at The Invitational at The Ocean Course. McCumber is currently the 20th-ranked player in the nation according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Men’s Collegiate Individual Rankings.
Vogel also played well in the fall after a great junior season and summer of 2012. He was named to the Division I Ping All-America Second Team last season. Vogel posted a scoring average of 71.3 for the 2011-12 season, the best by a UF junior and eighth-lowest average in school history. Over the summer, he was victorious at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, earning an invite to the 2013 Masters. This past autumn, Vogel finished in the top-10 in every event the Gators played in. He is currently ranked No. 12 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Men’s Collegiate Individual Rankings.
Florida will open its spring season on February 9 when they host the 2013 SunTrust Gator Invitational at the Mark Bostick Golf Course. The three-round tournament will last two days and feature eight teams who qualified for last year’s NCAA Championships.