Ben  Bates

Ben Bates

Havana, FL

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Updated: Friday, 25 May 2012 09:51 PM
  • Birthplace: Quincy, FL
  • Residence: Havana, FL
  • Age: 50
  • Turned Pro: 1984

Nationwide Tour Victories

(2) 1997,NIKE Wichita Open. 2004,The Reese's Cup Classic.

2012 Champions Tour Money and Position

$16,931 (97)

Champions Tour Best Round

70 at Round 2, ACE Group Classic. 70 at Round 3, Toshiba Classic.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

T8-- Buick Challenge.

Career Highlights

Member of Nationwide Tour in 1990-97 and 2001-07. Member of PGA TOUR from 1998-2001. He is the Nationwide Tour's all-time cuts-made leader. 2011: Missed the cut in his only two starts on the Nationwide Tour. Made his debut on the Champions Tour at the 3M Championship in Minnesota in August. 2010: Entered the season needing two starts to reach his 400th career Nationwide Tour tournament. Played in 10 events and made three cuts, with his best finish a T12 at the Knoxville News Sentinel Open. 2009: Made the cut in five of 17 starts on the Nationwide Tour, with a T23 at the Price Cutter Charity Championship his lone top-25 finish. 2008: Made 13 of 26 cuts on the Nationwide Tour, highlighted by three top-25s. Four rounds in the 60s earned him a T9 finish at the Northeast Pennsylvania Classic. 2007: Played in his 1,000th round on Tour during the season...Made the cut in 13 of 27 starts on Nationwide Tour, with his best finish a T11 at the Albertsons Boise Open. 2006: Struggled on Tour, making just five cuts in 23 starts. 2005: Made the cut in 13 of 27 starts on Tour. Finished the season No. 95 on the money list, with $48,422. Rounds of 68-71-69-68 led to an 8-under-par 276 finish at the Cleveland Open. The T6 finish was his only top-10 showing of the season and his third top-25 effort. 2004: Made the cut in 20 of 27 appearances, including nine top-25 finishes on the Nationwide Tour. Finished the season No. 34 on the official money list, with $162,095. Opened the season with seven consecutive made cuts, including a T8 at The First Tee Arkansas Classic. Notched his only other top-10 showing when he won a playoff over Paul Gow with a par on the eighth extra hole at The Reese's Cup Classic, his second career victory on the Nationwide Tour. Fired rounds of 70-69-66-73 to finish 6-under-par 278, collecting $81,000 for his efforts. Had the second-best consecutive-birdies streak on Tour, tallying seven straight birdies on Nos. 14-2 in the final round of the Lake Erie Charity Classic. 2003: Finished No. 111 on the Nationwide Tour money list, making the cut in 11 of 21 tournaments. Finished T10 at the Permian Basin Open, his only top-10 of the season. 2000: Made the cut 18 times and recorded just one top-10 in 35 starts on the PGA TOUR. Best outing came at Westin Texas Open where rounds of 67-70-67-68 produced T9, the second best of his career...Earned his 2000 playing privileges with a T2 at the 1999 Qualifying Tournament after a season in which he finished 165th on the money list. 1999: Posted career-best 62 in the opening round of the Greater Milwaukee Open on the way to a T10 finish. Participated in PGA TOUR National Qualifying Tournament and finished T2 to maintain his playing privileges for third consecutive year. 1998: Finished 112th on the money list to earn full playing privileges the following year. First career top-10 came at Buick Challenge after a pair of 67s on the weekend resulted in a career-best T8. 1997: Finished 12th on the Nationwide Tour money list in to earn PGA TOUR playing card. Won the Wichita Open that same year for lone Nationwide Tour career victory. 1993: Enjoyed a T3 at the 1993 Panama City Beach Classic, his top performance. 1990: Was T3 at the 1990 New England Classic.

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