July 9, 2009
Clemson, SC — Ben Martin, who will be the senior leader of the Clemson golf team in 2009-10, has been named a Cleveland Golf/Srixon Academic Scholar for the 2008-09 season. The team is selected by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
The native of Greenwood, SC made the academic honor roll both semesters in 2008-09. The Academic All-ACC golf team has not been announced yet.
On the course, Martin as second on the Clemson team in stroke average with a 73.00 figure and made first-team All-ACC. Only first-team All-American Kyle Stanley was better at 71.45. Martin had pair of 10 finishes as he was third at the Puerto Rico Classic an eighth at The Hootie.
In June, Martin qualified for the United States Open with an eight under par score of 136 at a sectional qualifier in Maryland, the top score at that qualifier. He had rounds of 72-78 for a 150 score at the United States Open at Bethpage Black. He held the lead at two under par through his first 13 holes.
Martin is the first Clemson golfer to make an Academic Scholar team since D.J. Trahan made the team in 2002.
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