Former Tiger Brad Benjamin Set to Compete in 2010 Masters
April 6, 2010
Preston McClellan, Undergraduate Assistant -
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MEMPHIS, Tenn.--Former Tiger golfer Brad Benjamin will compete this week in the 2010 Masters at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. Benjamin earned an exemption into the field by winning the 2009 United State Public Links Championship.
"I am very excited for Brad," said Memphis golf head coach Grant Robbins. "What an awesome experience this will be for him."
Benjamin defeated Nick Taylor of Canada to win Public Links Championship. He took down Taylor 7&6 in the 36-hole match play final at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club.
The Public Links championship is an event that has been held since 1922. It is labeled as the championship for all public course golfers, as no one that has a membership at a private club is eligible to compete for the title.
With the victory, Benjamin joins Hillman Robbins and Lou Graham as the only Tiger alumni to have won a USGA Championship. Robbins claimed the 1954 United State Amateur Championship and Graham won the 1975 United States Open.
"(Brad) was one of the hardest workers I have ever coached, and I can't say enough about how proud I am of him," continued Robbins. "I look forward to seeing him tee off on Thursday, and I think he will play great."
Benjamin was a four-year letterman at the University of Memphis, competing in 33 total events and holding a scoring average of 74.6 strokes per round. He recorded eight career top-20 finishes and earned medalist honors at the 2007 Palisades Classic where he fired rounds of 70-69-68. He was also named to the 2006 C-USA All-Tournament team.
In addition to his play on the course, Benjamin was also a standout in the classroom. A native of Rockford, Ill., he graduated from the University of Memphis in May 2009, with a degree in Business Finance. He maintained a GPA of 3.9 throughout his undergraduate coursework, all the while being a key contributor to the Tiger golf team.
Benjamin was also named to the 2009 C-USA Men's Golf All-Academic Team for the third consecutive year. He was also named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America District IV Second-Team as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Benjamin is set to tee off Thursday at 8:23 a.m. (ET)off hole number one. He is paired with Scott Verplank and Bernhard Langer. Fans can watch online coverage of the Masters courtesy of CBSSports.com at the following link: