Ben Crenshaw is so popular with the folks in the gallery that they actually get mad at him when he does nott perform as well as they would like. Crenshaw has been a winner since claiming the Texas State Junior Boys Championship in 1969 at Brackenridge Park. At UT Austin, he won two individual NCAA titles and shared another with teammate Tom Kite, as the Longhorns managed two team titles. In 1973 Crenshaw won his Tour Card in the qualifying TTournament by 12 shots over runner-up Gil Morgan. Crenshaw then won his debut tournament as PGA Tour eligible player at the Texas Open. Crenshaw, whose deft putting touch has helped him win 15 tournaments, including the 1984 Masters and the 1990 Southwestern Bell Colonial, has been Ryder Cupper in 1981, 1983, and 1987.
He was also been on the World Cup Team in 1972 and 1988. Outside the tour, Ben’s interests still are related to golf. He is a partner in a golf course architecture firm based in Austin. He served on the Museum Committee of the U.S. Golf Association, which honored him with the USGA Bobby Jones Award for service to golf in 1990. He was Captain of the victorious U.S. Ryder Cup team in 1999. One of his most significant victories, however, was the 1995 Masters after attending the funeral of his friend and mentor, Harvey Penick.
Ben is still playing competively on the Champion’s Tour, designing golf courses and representing Texas as a golf “Statesman”.
Birthplace: Austin, Texas
Born: January 11, 1952