Auburn’s Michael Johnson named Ben Hogan Award semifinalist

AUBURN, Ala. ( – Michael Johnson has been named as one of 10 semifinalists for the Ben Hogan Award, announced the Colonial Country Club, Friends of Golf and Golf Coaches Association of America.

Johnson, who is currently ranked third in the country in the Palmer Cup rankings, is having a record-setting senior season, winning a school record three tournaments. He currently holds the lowest stroke average in school history at 69.69.

His three victories in the Primland Collegiate, Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate and the Schenkel Invitational are the most in a season in school history and his five career wins are second only to Jimmy Green’s six. His SEC low 69.69 stroke average is second in the nation.

The Birmingham, Ala., native is also on the Haskins Award Watch List and is ranked fourth in the Golfstat Cup.

The other nine semifinalists are Illinois’ Charlie Danielson, Florida’s Sam Horsfield, Texas’ Beau Hossler, Georgia’s Lee McCoy, Stanford’s Maverick McNealy, South Carolina’s Matt NeSmith, Arizona State’s Jon Rahm, Alabama’s Robby Shelton and Oregon’s Aaron Wise.
Three finalists will be named on May 3, with the winner will being announced May 23 at a banquet at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, prior to the start of the PGA Tour’s Colonial National Invitation Tournament.

Johnson and the No. 6 Tigers open SEC Championship play Friday in Sea Island, Ga. Live-scoring for the tournament can be found on

The Ben Hogan Award presented by Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc., is issued annually to the top men’s NCAA Division I, II or III, NAIA or NJCAA college golfer taking into account all collegiate and amateur competitions during the past 12-month period. The Ben Hogan Award Selection Committee, which votes during each stage of the process, is comprised of leaders in professional, amateur and collegiate golf.
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