Masters Golf

Viktor Hovland, a junior at Oklahoma State who was the top amateur at the Masters, won the Ben Hogan Award on Monday. Chris Carlson/AP file

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Oklahoma State junior Viktor Hovland further cemented his place in the rich history of the Oklahoma State men’s golf program after being named the recipient of the Ben Hogan Award at Monday night’s black-tie dinner at Colonial Country Club.

The Ben Hogan Award is given annually to the top men's college golfer taking into account all collegiate and amateur competitions over the past 12 months. The selection committee is made up of 30 leaders and experts in amateur, college and professional golf.

Hovland becomes the fourth Cowboy to win the award since it revised its criteria in 2002 to its current standard of honoring the outstanding amateur and collegiate golfer. He joins Hunter Mahan (2003), Rickie Fowler (2008) and Peter Uihlein (2011) on the list of OSU’s recipients.

Hovland is ranked first in three systems: the World Amateur Golf Ranking, the Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking and the Golfweek/Sagarin Ranking. In addition, he is second in the Golfstat College Ranking. In April, he claimed the Silver Cup as the low amateur at the 2019 Masters Tournament after tying for 32nd place.

For the season, Hovland boasts a stroke average of 68.59 with 15 of his 22 rounds in the 60s. He has won three times this season -- at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate, East Lake Cup and The Prestige.

Hovland was one of three finalists for the award, joined by teammate Matthew Wolff and California’s Collin Morikawa.