Apprentice School golf senior Ben Hunter has been invited to participate in the 28th annual Professional Golfers' Association Minority Collegiate Golf Championships starting on Friday at The PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida. This marks the first time an Apprentice School golfer has competed in this prestigious national event.
The tournament is a 54-hole stroke-play event that has divisions for men's teams from NCAA Division I, Division II, NAIA, along with a women's team division and an individual division for men and women. Hunter will join 47 individuals in the men's division.
"I have kept up with the PGA Minority Championship the last few years and felt as Ben progressed he would be a great addition to this event," said Apprentice School Head Golf Coach Joey Maben. "Now with 48 individuals around the country in this event, it is an honor that Ben has been invited to play. BJ Maben will serve as his advice coach and with those two together I like Ben's chances."
Hunter finished his career with a flurry as he won the medalist honor at the Glenn Heath Shipbuilders Memorial Tournament in early April as he helped lead the Builders to their first Glenn Heath title. He won 18 medalist titles in his career and finished with 75.7 stroke average for almost 90 rounds as a Builder. Hunter also became the first two-time United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Champion as he won it again this past October in State College, PA. He started his career as the USCAA National Champion and ended it as one.
The holder of many school records, Hunter shot the lowest round (67 as a junior), lowest two-round tournament score (141 as a junior) and has 19 rounds of par or under in his career.
He will start his tournament on Friday morning as the Men's Invitational Division tees off at 11:45 am on the Wanamaker Course at The PGA Club. To follow results during the weekend, go to www.pgatournaments.com.