Skyhawk Golf | Ben Reeves
Carpenter on Reeves: "Ben has played junior golf on two top junior tours for three years and has had tremendous success this spring. Ben comes to UT Martin as the highest ranking junior player that has signed a golf scholarship. He was leader in his high school and has high academic skills. He has won four tournaments in the last two years; including the 2012 State Junior Amateur and has qualified for the 2012 State Amateur. Ben is expected to compete for a starting position for the 2012 season."
JUNIOR GOLF: Ben had five top 14 or better finishes in the five national level events he entered in 2012 highlighted by three consecutive victories in his final three junior golf events starting with the AJGA Music City Junior presented by Toyota, followed by the AJGA Hank Haney IJGA Open, and culminating with the Tennessee State Junior Amateur Championship. Since 2000, Ben is one of only five other male golfers from Tennessee to win a single AGJA open or invitational. He is the only golfer to win two. Ben is also the only golfer from Tennessee (at least since 2000) to capture an AJGA victory and a State Junior Amateur title during a junior career, not to mention capturing both in the same year. During this stretch, Ben fired the lowest tournament rounds of his career: a 5-under under par final round 67 at the AJGA Music City Junior and a 6-under par second round 66 (par 72) at the Tennessee State Junior Am.
After his two AJGA wins, his junior golf ranking peaked at 80thin the prestigious Polo Golf Rankings which ranks junior golfers from all over the world competing in national level junior golf events. Ben rose tto finish his junior career as the third ranked golfer in the state in the class of 2012 and fourth overall in the state.
Before 2012, Ben had two significant wins, the AAJGT at Vanderbilt Legends Club event and the TSSAA District 4-AAA championship. All totaled, Ben had 26 top five or better finishes in more than 50 junior golf events in his career including five additional first place finishes for a total of 10 wins overall. He was a three-time All-District 4-AAA selection and a two-time All-Knoxville Interscholastic League (KIL) honoree.
HIGH SCHOOL: Ben was the student government association student body president his senior year; the junior class president; and the sophomore class president. He maintained a 4.0 high school GPA and was a member of the National Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He received the Knoxville Optimist Club’s Johnny Mauer award recognizing him as one of the top scholar athletes in Knox County and the US Army Reserve National Scholar Athlete Award. He was named the male scholar-athlete of the year during his junior year at Bearden High School.
PERSONAL: Ben is the son of Todd and Connie Reeves of Knoxville.