Kent's Ben Curtis Selected for World Amateur Team

Updated 8/15/2000
Kent State University's three-time all-American golfer Ben Curtis (Ostrander, Ohio/Buckeye Valley) was selected to the United States team for the World Amateur Team Championships Aug. 31-Sept. 3 at the Sporting Club in Berlin, Germany, the United States Golf Association has announced.

Curtis, who is ranked first in the latest Golfweek/Titleist Amateur Rankings, was selected along with Georgia Institute of Technology senior Bryce Molder and 48-year old North and South Amateur champion David Eger. The fourth team member will be announced after the U.S. Amateur.

Curtis has had an excellent summer, capped off by a victory at the Players Amateur Aug. 10-13 in Bluffton, S.C. Curtis had rounds of 68-66-69-68=271 to win by one stroke over Georgia Tech's Matt Weibring. Curtis also advanced to the finals of the Western Amateur, losing 2 and 1 to South Africa's Michael Kirk. He also won the Ohio Amateur by 17 strokes, finished second at the Monroe Invitational and tied for fourth at the Porter Cup.

Curtis completed his eligibility at Kent State this past spring, but not after becoming one of the best golfers in a program rich in tradition. He finished in the top five 22 times, was a four-time all-Mid-American Conference selection, earned MAC Player of the Year honors in 2000 and set a school record for lowest-scoring average (69.91).

Curtis will see a familiar face in Germany, as Kent State senior-to-be Jon Mills (Brooklin, Ontario/Centennial) will play for the Canadian team.

"I'm personally happy for both Ben and Jon," Kent State head coach Herb Page said. "They're going to represent our golf team and most importantly our university. It's a great reward because they've worked hard and improved drastically throughout their college careers and kept it up this summer."

A biennial competition first conducted in 1958, the World Amateur Team Championships is being conducted for the 22nd time.

Contested over four rounds of stroke play, the championship brings together international teams of amateurs every two years to compete for the Eisenhower Trophy. The Great Britian and Ireland team is the defending champion, while the United States finished seventh in 1998.

The Kent State men's golf team is coming off a ninth-place finish in the NCAA Championships, a MAC championship and six tournament titles during the 1999-2000 season. The Golden Flashes open the 2000-01 season Sept. 18-19 at the Inverness Intercollegiate Invitational at The Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio.