General: One of the top junior players in the state of Michigan who qualified for the U.S. Amateur prior to his senior year of high school … Ranked as high as 158th overall, 99th in the class of 2017, and No. 2 in the state of Michigan according to the Junior Golf Scoreboard … Redshirted in 2017-18, and was named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll … Onw of two children … Began playing golf at age 5 … Enjoys playing table tennis, video games and basketball … Studying business administration.
2019 Amateur Highlights: Won the Michigan Amateur Championship at Oakland Hills Country Club … Won the 36-hole stroke-play portion by four strokes with scores of 68-65 (-7), then won six straight matches to capture the title … Picked up second win in the KCC Invitational, a two-man team event in Kalamazoo, Mich., teaming with junior golfer Braden Falk for a 6&5 victory in the final.
Novi’s Ben Smith wins 108th Michigan Amateur Championship – Oakland Press, June 23, 2019
2018-19: Tournament Results
Competed twice as an individual in the fall, tying for 58th at the Carpet Capital Collegiate and for 34th at the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate Invitational … Compiled a stroke average of 74.17 over six rounds … Went 1-1 in his two matches at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational.
2018 Summer Highlights: Advanced to match play at the Michigan State Amateur (Country Club of Detroit) by finishing third in stroke play (70-69, -3) … T58 at the Monroe Invitational in Pittsford, N.Y.
2017 Summer Highlights: Won the Michigan Junior State Amateur for the second year in a row, topping Eric Nunn, 2 and 1, at Eagle Eye Golf Club in Bath … Became the third golfer in state history to win the junior championship on consecutive years, and the first since match play was instituted in 2000.
Junior Golf: Qualified for 2016 U.S. Amateur at Oakland Hills in Michigan by finishing second in his sectional … Earned five top-10 finishes in 12 events in 2016 and was ranked at one time among the top 50 junior in the country by the American Junior Golf Association … Among his victories as a junior player were the 2016 Michigan Junior Amateur, the 2015 AJGA Philadelphia Runner Junior at Saucon Valley and the 2013 Michigan Optimist International.
High School: Lettered four years and served as team captain two years for coach Mike Anderson at Detroit Catholic Central … Helped lead DCC to a pair of state championships in 2015 and 2016, finishing in the top five individually both times , as well as regional and district titles in 2014 and 2016 and a conference crown in 2017 … Made the All-State Super Team three times (2015, 2016, 2017) … Four-year honor roll student.