Washington golf team has three players on Ben Hogan Award watch list for 2013

Updated: March 5, 2013

The Washington men’s golf trio of Chris Williams, Cheng-Tsung Pan and Trevor Simsby were among 27 collegiate golfers named to the 2013 Ben Hogan Award Watch list.

The most prestigious award in men’s college golf, The Ben Hogan Award is presented 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 represents leaders in amateur and collegiate golf and is sponsored by Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, in conjunction with Colonial Country Club, The Friends of Golf (FOG) and the Golf Coaches Association of America.

The UW trio joins the Cal threesome of Brandon Hagy, Michael Kim and Michael Weaver to make up six of the nine Pac-12 golfers on golfers on the list.

Williams and Pan were among 10 semifinalists for the 2012 Hogan Award. This is the first time Simsby has been named to the watch list.

Williams has spent 25-straight weeks perched atop the World Amateur Golf Rankings, while Pan is on his heels in sixth and Simsby checks in at No. 51.

The last 12 months have been a whirlwind for Williams. He has won the Mark H. McCormack Award, won the 2012 Western Amateur Championship, finished 7th at the U.S. Amateur and advanced to the quarterfinals of match play.

In those same Golfweek men’s collegiate individual rankings, Pan is No. 1 after going 271-4-10 in head-to-head action during the fall season and finishing no worse than third in four collegiate events.