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PLAYER PROFILE

Ben Matsuda

Age:11

Height: 4'9''

Irvine, CA 

Anticipated HS Graduation: 2028

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Coming straight out of Irvine, California, Ben Matsuda has made quite a name for himself. Ben started playing golf at the age of 2 years old, and has already played in many tournaments locally and nationally during his young career. He has collected over 50 wins in the US Kids Local Tour and is a two time Junior Players Tour Champion and runner up. In addition to his Players Tour performances, he has one win and two runner-up finishes in the Junior Development Tour as well. 

 

Over the past four years, Ben has been able to keep his numbers low, shooting under par for Regional and State Championships victories. Most recently, Ben has been able to claim wins at the Arizona State Tournament, Palm Springs Open, and Desert Shoot Out. Continuing to win quality tournaments at such a young age will propel Ben into a top golfer on tour. 

 

Ben takes pride in being able to keep a high-grade point average of 3.80 while being a  recipient for the Grizzly Great award. In addition to golf, Ben also takes part in the Socal Elite Youth Basketball and the LA Galaxy Youth Soccer programs. 

 

For the upcoming season, Ben is aiming to qualify for the IMG Worlds and finish top 5, while also qualifying for the Drive, Chip, and Putt in Augusta. To achieve his goal this season, Ben will have to use his strengths, which include using his short game and putting to his advantage. Ben is a part of the Taylormade Jr. Ambassador Staff and gets coached by Chris Mayson, and his favorite hobby aside from golf is bass fishing!

 

Top Results:

2020 Arizona State Champion (Longbow Golf Club)

2019 Palm Springs Open Champion (Westinn Mission Hills Pete Dye Course)

2019 Desert Shoot Out Champion (Wigwam Resort, Goodyear AZ)

2018 Desert Shoot Out Champion (Wigwam Resort, Goodyear Az)

2018 Palm Springs Open Champion (Westinn Mission Hills Gary Player Course)

 

Skills/Strengths as a Golfer: Short game/ Putting  

 

Favorite Course You’ve Played At: Spanish Bay GC  

 

Favorite PGA Golfer: Patrick Cantlay  

 

Goals for 2021 Season: Qualify for IMG Worlds and finish top 5, Qualify for Drive Chip & Putt in Augusta

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