It was a splendid year across the board for men’s amateur golfers.
There was an NCAA champion and a U.S. Amateur champ. There were college transfers leaving their mark and others just beginning their story.
As far as making a decision for Golfweek’s Male Amateur of the Year, that wasn’t easy. You had champions and multiple-time winners. You had golfers who broke out and became stars. All in all, a banner year for men’s amateur golfers made it difficult to make this decision. But ultimately, it came down to who was the best when it mattered most.
The 2022 Golfweek Award winner for Male Amateur of the Year goes to …
Honorable Mention: Ludvig Aberg
Ludvig Aberg after winning the 2022 Ben Hogan Award in Fort Worth, Texas on May 23, 2022. (Photo: Sharon Ellman)
Ludvig Aberg, a senior at Texas Tech, won the Ben Hogan Award, which annually honors the best men’s college golfer based on collegiate, amateur and professional events over a 12-month span. He also had three top-10 finishes this fall.
Honorable Mention: Sam Bennett
Sam Bennett holds the Havemeyer trophy after winning the 2022 U.S. Amateur at The Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey. (Grant Halverson/USGA)
Sam Bennett broke out this summer when he won the 2022 U.S. Amateur in New Jersey. He’s a fifth-year senior at Texas A&M.
Honorable mention: Gordon Sargent
Gordon Sargent of Vanderbilt holds the trophy after winning the NCAA Div. I Men’s Golf Championship at Grayhawk Golf Club. (Photo: Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic)
Sargent won the NCAA individual crown as a freshman in the spring, and he picked up this fall right where he left off. Sargent is the top-ranked golfer at the end of the fall in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, having one win and four top 10s in four starts.
Male Amateur of the Year: Chris Gotterup
Oklahoma Sooners’ Chris Gotterup at the 2022 NCAA Championship. (Photo: Michael Meek/OU Athletics)
The winner of the 2022 Haskins Award as the male college golfer of the year, Chris Gotterup made the most of his transfer from Rutgers to Oklahoma. He finished one shot out of a playoff at NCAAs for the individual title and had two wins during his season with the Sooners.