On Monday night at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas Longhorns golfer Doug Ghim received collegiate golf’s most prestigious award. Ghim capped a remarkable year by winning the 2018 Ben Hogan Award for the nation’s top golfer. He beat out two junior finalists in Collin Morikawa (California) and Braden Thornberry (Ole Miss) for the award.
Ghim joins Jeff Fahrenbruch as the second Longhorn to win the Ben Hogan Award. Jordan Spieth (2012) and Beau Hossler (2016) were finalists for this award, as well.
This is just one of many of the major achievements that Ghim has earned this year. Back in April, at The Masters, he was the lone amateur to make the cut and was awarded the low amateur Silver Cup while representing burnt orange on his chest. He also led the field with a total of two eagles on the week. At the Big 12 Championship, Ghim tied with three others to claim an individual share of the conference title. Last week at the NCAA Regional in Raleigh, he finished atop the individual leaderboard (-17) helping the Longhorns advance to yet another NCAA Championship.
Ghim is currently the No. 1 player in the Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking, and is listed in the top eight in three other major golf ranking systems.
The Texas men’s golf team will be competing at the NCAA Championship this weekend (May 25-30) in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Results can be tracked on NCAA.com while live coverage starts on Monday, May 28th on the Golf Channel. The format of the championship is laid out below.
Finals play consists of three days of stroke play on Friday, May 25 through Sunday, May 27 (54 holes), after which the top 15 teams and nine individuals not on an advancing team will be determined. That is followed by a final day of 18 holes of stroke play on Monday, May 28 to determine the top eight teams that will advance to match play as well as the 72-hole individual champion. The team national champion will be determined by a match-play format that will consist of quarterfinals and semifinals conducted on Tuesday, May 29, followed by finals on Wednesday, May 30.
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