By Staff Report.
Clemson, SC—Former Clemson All-American Ben Martin earned his first professional paycheck on Saturday at the E-Golf Professional Tour’s Southern Open in China Grove, NC. Martin was an All-American and three-time All-ACC golfer at Clemson who concluded his career with the Tigers this past June.
The native of Greenwood, SC had rounds of 69-68-69-67 for a 273 total and an 11th place finish. He won $4,034. Martin’s final round featured eight birdies, including five in a row on holes 10-14. He finished the 72-hole event with 18 birdies.
Martin was one of five former Tigers who finished in the top 25 of the Southern Open. Matt Hendrix, a starter on Clemson’s 2003 National Championship team, finished seventh with a 272 score, while Martin Catalioto, also a member of that national championship team, was 14th at 274.
Danny Ellis, an All-American at Clemson between 1990-93, finished 19th with a 276 score. Ellis is attempting a comeback from a long list of injuries. He is a veteran of 110 career PGA Tour events.
Tommy Biershenk, a member of Clemson golf teams in the mid 1990s, finished 25th with a 277 score. Biershenk is currently second on the E-Golf Pro Tour money list with $92,623 so far this summer.
Brian Duncan, another member of Clemson’s 2003 National Championship team, finished 34th with a 279 score and Phillip Mollica, a starter on the Clemson 2009 team, finished 42nd with a 280 score.