Ben Martin Speaker
American Professional Golfer
Ben Martin Speaker Profile
First-team All-ACC selection in 2010, his third selection to the team in his career...14th player in Clemson history to make first-team All-ACC at least three times...also a three-time selection to Academic All-ACC team...Clemson's Male Student-Athlete of the Year as selected by AgSouth...graduated with 3.45 career GPA...honorable mention All-American in 2009-10...Clemson's top golfer in the NCAA Tournament, the regional and the national tournament...Clemson's top golfer at NCAA Southeast Regional with a third place finish, he shot a one under par 209 for the 54 holes at the Crabapple Course in Alpharetta, GA...shot a 69 in each of the last two rounds...then finished ninth at the NCAA National Tournament at The Honors Course with a 212 score, four under par...shot 72 or better in all six of his NCAA Tournament rounds...one of just six players nationally who had a top 10 finish at the NCAA Regional and the national tournament (others were Scott Langley, Peter Uihlen, Drew Kittleson, John Hahn and Chris Williams).. Clemson's top golfer in seven of the 11 tournaments he played as a senior...led team in stroke average with 72.16 figure, that includes team best 71.46 average in the spring...fine match play performer, he was runner up at 2009 US Amater and was runnerup in the 2005 South Carolina Match Play Championship....third Clemson golfer to play in the Masters while still a Clemson student, joining Chris Patton (1990) and D.J. Trahan (2001)...he had rounds of 75-80 at the 2010 Masters...played his two rounds with former champion Ben Crenshaw...finalist for the 2009 United States Amateur at Southern Hills...reached the finals after 141 qualifying score that was second best in the field...lost in finals to Byeon-Hun An of Korea...Martin became just the fourth Clemson golfer to reach finals of US Amateur, the first since Danny Ellis in 1993...will play in 2010 US Open at Pebble Beach...it will be his second straight US Open, as he played in 2009 event at Bethpage Black...he will be second Clemson golfer in history to play in two US Opens as an amateur and the first to play in three Majors as an amateur...has 73.00 career stroke average that ranks 12th in Clemson history and 12th in history in rounds in the 60s with 17 ... made the US Open at Bethpage Black in 2009, one of four Tigers in the field...shot 150, but had the lead after 11 holes at two-under-par... ranked among the top 100 golfers in the Sagarin rankings each of his four seasons, he was 64th as a freshman, 91st as a sophomore, 57th as a junior and 36th as a senior...improved from 53rd to 36th with his play in the two NCAA tournaments.....14th in the June 9, 2010 US Amateur rankings by Golfweek...ranked 25th in the world...has overcome heart ailment to have a strong career...a model of consistency in many ways, he had a 73.48 stroke average as a freshman and a 73.57 average as a sophomore, then 73.0 as junior and 72.16 as a senior...second on the team in stroke average as a freshman and third as a sophomore to go with second place ranking as junior behind Kyle Stanley...ranked first on the 2009-10 Tigers...made first-team All-ACC as a freshman, but not selected as a sophomore...had there been a re-vote after the NCAA Tournament he might have been selected... joined Kyle Stanley as first team all-ACC selection as a freshman, still one of just four freshmen in Clemson history to be selected... also named first-team All-District III by the Golf Coaches Association for 2006-07, 2008-09 and 2009-10... named to ACC Academic Honor roll for 2006-07 academic year, he was a Dean's List student...first golfer in Clemson history to make All-ACC and Academic All-ACC as a freshman... also made academic All-ACC as a sophomore and junior...had a 64 in the second round of his career as a freshman in the fall of 2006 at the Carpet Classic and that was his career best round...had a 67 in the first round as a sophomore at the Topy Cup in Japan....won Palmetto Amateur in summer of 2006 by eight shots....consistent player who had his score count 23 of 24 rounds in 2008-09 and 30 of 32 in 2009-10... so that is 53 of last 56...won Brandon Streeter Award, a department wide award, for his ability to come back from injury in spring of 2007...made academic honor roll for fourth consecutive years, he graduated from Clemson on Dec. 17, 2009, he is now taking postgraduate classes.... received an honorary Weaver-James-Corrigan Scholarship from the ACC in late April...will remain an amateur through the 2010 US Open.
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