Published 12:34 am Thursday, February 15, 2018

FORT WORTH — It’s like being considered for the Heisman Trophy, except the sport is golf.

Braden Bailey of Groves has been added to the watch list of the Ben Hogan Award, presented to the best men’s collegiate golfer across all three NCAA divisions, the NAIA and NJCAA. All college and amateur competitions between June 2017 and May 2018 are taken into account by the award’s selection committee.

The watch list will be trimmed to 10 semifinalists on April 11, with three finalists to be named May 2. Those finalists will attend a black-tie dinner at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth on May 21, prior to the start of the PGA tournament at Colonial.

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Bailey, who plays at Baylor, is one of five Big 12 players on the watch list. He has top-10 finishes in each of his five tournaments this season, including a victory at the Arizona Intercollegiate.

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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