2017 Tournament Participant Profile

Ben Griffin Chapel Hill, N.C.


High School: East Chapel Hill
Two-time honorable mention All-America (2015 and 2017) • Enters the season tied with fellow senior William Register for the second-best stroke average in UNC history for players with at least 20 tournaments (72.37) • Played in 36 tournaments as a Tar Heel • Has won twice and finished in the top 10 in 12 tournaments • Two-time member of the ACC Honor Roll • Tied the course record at UNC Finley with a 62 in qualifying in September 2017.

2016-17: Honorable mention All-America and PING All-Region selection • Cleveland Golf /Srixon Scholar All-America • Tied for 11th at the NCAA Championship and tied for second in the ACC Championship • Led the team with a stroke average of 72.29 • Shot the most under par rounds with 14 and most rounds in the 60s with eight • Finished under par in the last four events of the season and shot 16 under over his final 14 rounds • Carolina’s best finisher in five of the last six tournaments • Season-low round of 67 in the opening round of the ACC Championship • Had three top-10 finishes (T2 at ACCs, seventh at the Cabarrus County Irish Creek Intercollegiate and eighth at the Seahawk Intercollegiate • Seven top 20s in 13 starts • Led the ACC Championship after 36 holes and birdied three of the final seven holes to force a playoff • Shot 68-69 over the final two rounds of the NCAA Stanford Regional propelling him to a 1-under 11th-place finish • Shot a 2-under 70 in round one of the NCAA Championship, then shot even-par 72s in each of the last three rounds to finish at 2-under 286.

2015-16: Finished a season-high fifth in the Schenkel Invitational after firing three rounds in the 60s (68-68-69) • His 11-under, 205 total at Schenkel were career bests for 54 holes and tied UNC single-season bests • Stroke average of 73.91 was fifth-best on the squad • Three of his four top-20 finishes came in the first three events in the fall (T14 at Carpet Capital, T12 at Primland and T16 at Tavistock) • Carolina’s top finisher at the Carpet Capital and the Schenkel • ACC Honor Roll • Member of the 4.0 Grade Point Average club.

2014-15: Stroke average of 71.06 led Carolina and was the lowest in a season by a Tar Heel since stats were first recorded in 1979 • Previous low was 71.27 by Max Harris in 1999-2000 • Sixth in the ACC in stroke average • One of two freshmen to earn all-conference honors • An honorable mention PING All-America, Carolina’s first player to win All-America honors since 2008 • PING all-region selection • Academic All-ACC selection • One of five players to earn All-ACC honors for both his play on the course and in the classroom • Won two tournaments and finished in the top 10 eight times • Thirty-four of his 35 rounds counted toward the team score, a team-high 97.1 percent • Carded 11 rounds in the 60s, including all three rounds of the Primland Collegiate • Carolina’s best finisher in four events • Was 27-under-par in 12 tournaments • Led UNC with 22 rounds under par • Shot under par in seven tournaments • Shot 67-69-70 for a 10-under 206 to win the Tar Heel in his second event • Followed that win with top 10s in seven of his next eight starts • Overcame a 74 in the opening round and finished 65-67 for a 206 total to win Bridgestone by one stroke • The 65 was his low round and tied the lowest round by a Tar Heel all season • Had four top 10s in five events in the fall and four in seven tournaments in the spring • T20 in the ACC Championship.

Amateur: Competed in the 2016 U.S. Amateur at Oakland Hills (Mich.) and the 2015 U.S. Amateur at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club • Shot 66 in the opening round of the 2016 Amateur and advanced to match play after tying for 11th in stroke play • Tied for first at the 2016 U.S. Amateur qualifier after shooting 65 in the final round • Quarterfinalist at the 2015 North and South Amateur • 2013 AJGA Rolex first-team team All-America • 2014 AJGA Rolex second-team All-America • Won 2013 AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions • Named to 2012 Gary Gilchrist Junior All-Star team and the 2011 All-Carolinas Team • Finished third at 2014 FJ International • Advanced to match play at 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur and to round of 16 at 2012 U.S. Amateur Public Links and 2012 N.C. Amateur Match Play Championship • Won 2011 U.S. Kids Golf – Teen World Championship • Two-time Wyndham Cup East Team participant in 2013 and 2014.

Prep: Four-year letterman at East Chapel Hill • Played for Coach Bobby Neville • State champion in 2011 and 2013 • Four-time all-state selection • AB Honor Roll student • Volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House.

Personal: Born Benjamin Griffin in Chapel Hill • Son of Cowan and Erika Griffin • Birthday is May 6 • Majoring in economics • Listens to alternative music and EDM • Likes to grill out with friends, listen to music and travel • Favorite Tar Heel is Michael Jordan • Favorite non-golfer athlete is Stephen Curry • Admires Jordan Spieth for his progression as a player at a young age • Low career rounds are 61 in the Dogwood Amateur at Druid Hills GC in Atlanta and at the Chapel Hill Country Club (course record) • Favorite course is Sage Valley GC in Graniteville, S.C. • Under pressure he feels most confident with his short game • Best shot was chipping in on the second playoff hole to win the state championship as a high school freshman • Dream foursome is with Spieth, Tiger Woods and Arnold Palmer.