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Ben Taylor
Height: 6'0"
Class: Senior
Experience: 2 Letters
City/State: Leatherhead, England
High School: Millfield School
Other College: Nova Southeastern
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Ben Taylor Bio
Courtesy: LSUsports.net (@LSUsports)
Release: 07/06/2015

2014 David Toms Intercollegiate Champion
2014 PING Honorable Mention All-American
2013 Palmer Cup European Team Member
2013 NCAA Division II First-Team All-American
2013 Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year
2013 U.S. Amateur Qualifier
2012 Jack Nicklaus Division II Collegiate Player of the Year
2012 NCAA Division II First-Team All-American
2012 Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year
2012 Sunshine State Conference Champion

CAREER CAPSULE
Enjoyed a decorated two-year tenure with the Tigers after transferring to LSU from Nova Southeastern University of NCAA Division II prior to his junior season in 2013-14 … A member of LSU’s five-man lineup that captured SEC and NCAA team championships during his senior season … Posted an impressive 4-1 record in five matches played at the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships in 2014 and 2015 … Led the Tigers to their fifth national championship in program history and their first since 1955 with a 4-1 win over the USC Trojans in the 2015 NCAA Championship Match … Posted a perfect 3-0 record in match play at the 2015 NCAA Championships to lead the Tigers to their first national title in 60 years … Owns the distinction as being the only player in college golf history to win an NCAA team championship at both the NCAA Division I and Division II levels … Also helped LSU win its 16th Southeastern Conference team title in program history and first in 28 years since 1987 … Played in 19 tournaments in two seasons with the Tigers in 2013-14 and 2014-15 … Earned five top-10 finishes and 11 top-20 finishes in his 19 starts with the Tigers … Posted a 72.36 scoring average in 58 rounds played during his stint with the LSU Tigers … Named a PING Honorable Mention All-American as a junior in 2013-14 … Twice named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2014 and 2015 … Graduated from LSU in May 2015 with his degree in sport administration.

SENIOR SEASON (2014-15)
A catalyst in the Tigers sweeping SEC and NCAA team championships during his senior season in 2014-15 … Posted a perfect 3-0 record in match play at the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships held at Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida, to lead the Tigers to their fifth national championship in program history and their first in 60 years since 1955 … Scored the deciding point for the No. 7-seeded Tigers in match play in both their 3-1-1 win over No. 3-seeded Georgia Bulldogs in the NCAA semifinals on June 2 and 4-1 win over No. 5-seeded USC Trojans in the NCAA Championship Match on June 3 … Led the Tigers into the NCAA Championship Match with a 2-up victory over Georgia’s Zach Healy in the semifinal round … Followed with a 1-up victory over USC’s Bobby Gojuangco for the deciding point to win the NCAA team title … Also scored a 3-and-2 victory over Vanderbilt All-American Matthias Schwab to help lead the Tigers to a 3-1-1 victory over the No. 2-seeded Commodores in the national quarterfinals … Finished in 80th place overall in four rounds of stroke play at the NCAA Championships with a final score of 23-over par 311 … Cracked the Top 20 of the leaderboard at the NCAA New Haven Regional in a tie for17th place with a 54-hole score of 1-over par 211, including a season-low round of 5-under par 65 in the final round … Helped the Tigers advance to the NCAA Championships for the fifth time in six seasons with a fifth-place team finish at the NCAA New Haven Regional … Tied for 31st place at the 2015 SEC Men’s Golf Championships with a final score of 3-over par 213 to help lead the Tigers to their 16th SEC team title in program history and first in 28 years since 1987 … Fired back-to-back rounds of even-par 70 in the second and third rounds at the SEC Championships held at Sea Island Golf Club’s Seaside Course in St. Simons Island, Georgia … Won his first collegiate title with the Tigers at the David Toms Intercollegiate by firing a winning score of 2-under par 214 at The University Club in Baton Rouge … Added top-10 finishes in a pair of LSU team victories by tying for fifth place at the Golfweek Conference Challenge with a score of 1-under par 215 at Spirit Hollow Golf Club in Burlington, Iowa, and tying for eighth place at the Talis Park Challenge with a score of 3-under par 210 at Talis Park Golf Club in Naples, Florida … Added top-20 finishes at the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic (T16) during the 2014 fall season and the Valspar Invitational at Floridian (T11) during the 2015 spring season … Also teed it up at the United States Collegiate Championship (T39), The Prestige at PGA West (T56) and Aggie Invitational (T32) during his senior season … Ended the 2014-15 season with 11 tournament starts while posting a 72.62 scoring average to rank fourth on the team … 15 of his 34 rounds played were at par or better … Named to the All-Louisiana team by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association for the second-straight season as a second-team selection in 2015 … Followed the collegiate season by qualifying for The 144th Open Championship held at The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews … Earned the right to play at The 144th Open Championship at The Old Course at St. Andrews by tying for first place at the Final Open Qualifier at Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club with a 36-hole qualifying score of 5-under par 139 … Honored for his academic efforts as a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll for the second time in his LSU career … Earned his second varsity letter.

JUNIOR SEASON (2013-14)
Earned All-America honors in his first season with the Tigers as he was named a PING Honorable Mention All-American following the season … The No. 34-ranked collegiate player nationally by Golfstat and the No. 77-ranked collegiate player nationally by Golfweek for his performance in 2013-14 … Ended an outstanding debut season with the Tigers by leading the team into the match-play tournament for the national championship at the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships held at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kansas … Was the top Tiger in stroke play at the NCAA Championships as he fired a 54-hole score of 4-under par 206 to tie for sixth place in the field of 150 players at the NCAA Championships to help the Tigers qualify for match play for the first time in program history … Followed a round of 1-over 71 in the first round with a 3-under 67 in the second round and 2-under 68 in the third round for a three-round score of 4-under 206 in a top-10 finish at the NCAA Championships … Defeated UCLA’s Anton Arboleda by a 4-and-3 margin in the NCAA quarterfinals to help lead the Tigers into the NCAA semifinals of match play with a 4-1 team victory over the Bruins … Earned two top-10 finishes on the season, including a tie for seventh place in LSU’s spring season opener at The Prestige at PGA West in La Quinta, California … Fired a 4-under par 209 for 54 holes at The Prestige at PGA West, including a season-low score of 5-under 67 in the final round … Matched his season-low round with a 5-under 67 in the final round at the NCAA Columbia Regional to tie for 26th place in the event with a final score of even-par 216 … Tied for 13th place in his debut at the SEC Men’s Golf Championships with a final score of 2-under 208 at Sea Island Golf Club’s Seaside Course in St. Simons Island, Georgia … Carded a team-low 3-under 67 in helping LSU fire a school-record round of 17-under par 263 in the final round at the SEC Championships … Helped the Tigers win their one and only team title of the 2013-14 season at the Aggie Invitational in their regular-season finale … Tied for 16th place on the final leaderboard at the Aggie Invitational with a score of 9-over 225 at Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas … Saw his first action with the Tigers at the David Toms Intercollegiate held at the University Club in Baton Rouge during the 2013 fall season, tying for 45th place with a 54-hole score of 13-over par 229 … Also competed at the Louisiana Classics (T17) and Valspar Invitational at Floridian (T36) during the 2014 spring season … Ended his debut season as LSU’s third-leading scorer with a 72.00 scoring average in eight tournament starts on the year … 12 of his 24 rounds were at par or better in his inaugural season with the program … Honored by the LSWA as the Louisiana Collegiate Newcomer of the Year and a First-Team All-Louisiana performer for 2013-14 … Earned his first varsity letter.

PRIOR TO LSU
Established himself as one of the premier amateur golfers worldwide in his two seasons at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida … Earned the right to compete with the 10-man European team at the 2013 Palmer Cup, an annual Ryder Cup-style collegiate competition featuring the top players from the United States and Europe … Joined the European team in the 2013 Palmer Cup held at Wilmington Country Club in Wilmington, Delaware … Also competed internationally during the summer of 2012 … Helped guide England to the 2012 European Challenge team championship … Also helped lead Europe to the 2012 Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy team title over the team from the Asia and Pacific region … Earned a spot on the Great Britain and Ireland squad that competed against Europe for the St. Andrews Trophy in 2012 … A leader of the premier men’s golf program in the NCAA Division II ranks during his two seasons at Nova Southeastern University … Was a two-time NCAA Division II First-Team All-American in 2012 and 2013 … Led the Sharks with identical scoring averages of 70.94 as a freshman in 2011-12 and sophomore in 2012-13 … Guided Nova Southeastern to the NCAA Division II national championship during his freshman season as the Sharks blanked Chico State with a 5-0 win in the national championship match at the Cardinal Club Golf Course in in Simpsonville, Kentucky … Won the NCAA Division II individual bronze medal as the third-place finisher in stroke play at the 2012 NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championships … Honored for his performance as a freshman in 2011-12 as the Jack Nicklaus Award winner as the NCAA Division II Collegiate Player of the Year … A catalyst in the Sharks claiming the Sunshine State Conference team championship in 2012-13 … Won back-to-back SSC Player of the Year honors in 2012 and 2013 … Crowned the SSC individual champion during his freshman season in 2012 … Captured the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional individual championship during his sophomore season in 2013 … Won a total of five individual tournament titles in his two seasons at Nova Southeastern University … Won back-to-back titles at the Otter Invitational hosted by Cal State Monterey in the fall of 2011 and 2012 … Also captured the individual crown at the Barry Buccaneer Invitational hosted by Barry University in the spring of 2013 … Earned an impressive 16 top-five finishes and 19 top-10 finishes in his 23 tournament starts in his two seasons at Nova Southeastern University … Won bronze medals with third-place finishes in a pair of elite amateur championships in 2012 at the Jones Cup held in St. Simons Island, Georgia, and the Turkish Amateur Championship with a 72-hole score of 7-under par 281 … Played at the 113th United States Amateur Championship held at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, in August 2013 prior to his arrival in Baton Rouge … Tied for 88th place in a field of more than 300 players in stroke play qualifying at the 2013 U.S. Amateur Championship with a 36-hole score of 6-over par 146.

PERSONAL
Born in Epsom, England … Son of Phil and Susanne Taylor … Has one sister, Katie … Favorite sports team is Arsenal Football Club … Graduated from LSU in May 2015 with his degree in sport administration.

 

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