DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke senior men’s golfer Alex Smalley has been named a semifinalist for the 2019 Ben Hogan Award, presented to the nation’s best collegiate golfer.
Smalley is one of 10 from across the country in the running for the 2019 award, and one of two semifinalists from the ACC, joining Clemson’s Bryson Nimmer.
The senior from Wake Forest, N.C., is currently the NCAA’s seventh-ranked golfer according to Golfstat and his 69.32 scoring average this season leads the ACC and stands as a Duke single-season record. Smalley also holds the previous mark with his 70.78 scoring average last season.
A tournament winner once this season and twice in his career, Smalley is on pace to break Duke’s career scoring record as well with his 71.19. He is tied with current PGA Tour member Ryan Blaum for the program’s career record for rounds in the 60’s (35) and shattered the career mark for rounds at par or better (84). Blaum holds the current Duke career scoring record with his 72.14 average from 2002-06.
This season, Smalley has set the Duke record for rounds in the 60’s (14) and tied the mark for rounds at par or better (25). Should he finish rated seventh or higher in the final Golfstat individual ratings, he would tie or break the mark for best finish held by Jason Buha, who was No. 7 in 1997.
Smalley leads the ninth-ranked Blue Devils into the ACC Championship, that begins Thursday at the Old North State Club in New London, N.C. Duke holds the No. 3 seed in the championship and is looking for the program’s ninth title.
The other 2019 Hogan Award semifinalists include Will Gordon (Vanderbilt), Cole Hammer (Texas), Viktor Hovland (Oklahoma State), Collin Morikawa (California), Justin Suh (Southern California), Matthew Wolff (Oklahoma State), Brandon Wu (Stanford), and Chun An Yu (Arizona State).