With West Virginia golf teeing off the opening portion of its fall schedule over the week, senior golfer Mark Goetz is already off to a high-flying start to his season.
Coming off his first collegiate victory last season in the Mountaineer Invitational, a runner-up finish at the NCAA Regional championship and a very strong showing at the 2021 U.S. Amateur Championship, Goetz is one of the three finalists for The Ben Hogan Award August Golfer of the Month.
Alongside Goetz, Michigan State’s James Piot and Washington State’s Max Sekulic have been nominated for the award.
Piot was the eventual winner of the U.S. Amateur, winning the match play portion of the tournament as the 29th seed. Sekulic didn’t perform his best at the U.S. Amateur, but he did win the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship and the Northwest Open Invitational.
15 ballots will be cast for the Ben Hogan Award Monthly honor, with 12 votes of the Hogan Trophy Award Foundation and Friends of Golf and three votes coming from social media fan ballots. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram will each count for a ballot, with polls running through Sept. 10 at noon. The eventual winner will be announced that afternoon.
The Ben Hogan Award is given annually to the top men’s college golfer, with collegiate and amateur events over the last 12 months taken into account.
WVU begins its slate of fall tournaments this weekend at the Gopher Invitational in Maple Plain, Minnesota on Sunday.