John Oda Makes 2017 Ben Hogan Award Watch List

UNLV junior golfer John Oda is one of 28 golfers who are on the annual Ben Hogan Award watch list. The Hogan Award is the most prestigious in all of college golf and it is an honor to just be included on the initial watch list of the nation’s top collegiate golfers.

The list was announced by Colonial Country Club, the Friends of Golf (FOG) and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). The list is comprised of 28 collegiate golfers from 19 universities, including 21 golfers on it for the first time.

The Ben Hogan Award presented by Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) 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 represents leaders in amateur, collegiate and professional golf.

Oda, who owns the second-lowest scoring average (71.38) in program history, won two collegiate tournament titles this fall. He has won a total of four in his career, tying him for fifth on the all-time UNLV men’s golf chart for most career individual tournament victories.

Former Rebel golfers who have earned the same recognition (named to the Watch List) were: Kevin Penner (2013), Derek Ernst (2010, 2012), Eddie Olson (2009) and Seung-su Han (2007, 2008). Ryan Moore was the 2005 Hogan Award winner, which marked the first time a UNLV golfer was named the national player of the year. In 2006, UNLV’s Andres Gonzales was a semifinalist for the award.