TOP Zimbabwean amateur golfer Scott Vincent continues to hog the limelight in the US after being named in the initial watch list for the prestigious Ben Hogan Award, given annually to the top collegiate golfer in the US.
Named after the legendary American professional golfer Ben Hogan, who is generally considered one of the greatest players in the history of the game, the award is the most prestigious in men’s college golf in the US.
The 21-year-old Vincent was included on the list of 30 collegiate golfers in the running for the award after some impressive performances for the Virginia Tech University golf team.
The players on the Ben Hogan Award Watch List were compiled by Colonial Country Club, the Friends of Golf (FOG) and the Golf Coaches’ Association of America.
A list of 10 semi-finalists, which could include individuals not on the current 30-man list, will be unveiled on April 16.
On May 7, that group will be pared down to three finalists before the winner is crowned at a black-tie banquet at Colonial Country Club on May 18, prior to the start of the PGA Tour’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
The award, which was first issued in 1990 and included academic achievement in its original list of standards, revised its criteria for the 2001-02 collegiate season to its current standard of honouring the outstanding amateur collegiate golfer.
Vincent, who is currently the highest ranked African amateur golfer on the official World Amateur Golf Rankings on position 29, caught the eye of the selection panel after winning three of the five events in which he competed towards the end of last year.
The former St John’s College schoolboy won two tournaments in consecutive weeks, the Golfweek Conference Challenge (September15-17), the VCU Shootout (September 23-24) and the Tennessee Intercollegiate at Blackthorn Golf Club (October 11-14).
The impressive wins saw Vincent being named the Atlantic Coast Conference (AAC) Men’s Golfer of the Month for the month of September.
Vincent, who is nicknamed “Mhondoro” on the local golf circuit because of his, exploits on the golf course finished fourth in the only event he did not win.
This has seen the Chapman Golf Club prodigy cement his position as Virginia Tech’s all-time leader in scoring average. Vincent is also currently fifth in the Golfstat Cup rankings and 16th in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.