Golf History on July 09, 1999

ON THIS DAY: Ben Curtis wins the Ohio Amateur at Moraine CC

Ben Curtis at the U.S. Amateur, 1999 (Source: Columbus Dispatch)


On this day in Ohio golf history, Ben Curtis won his first Ohio Amateur at Moraine Country Club. He would go on to win the following year, becoming the fourth person to win back-to-back Ohio Amateur titles.

Curtis grew up playing at Mill Creek Golf Club, which is owned and operated by his parents. He attended Buckeye Valley High School where he won two state championship titles before committing to Kent State University. He received many accolades at Kent State, including 3x All-American, MAC Golfer of the Year, Sportsman of the Year and MAC Championship medalist.

Following graduation, Ben Curtis turned professional. He earned his PGA Tour card in 2003 and was named Rookie of the Year. In that same year, he brought home the Claret Jug after winning The Open at Royal St. George’s.
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